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Author: Chris Wallis

Theatre Review: The Book Thief, Bolton Octagon

September 27, 2022 No Comments

A play about the power of words has never been more relevant.

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Theatre Review: Things That Divide Us, 53two, Manchester

September 20, 2022 No Comments

Up betimes and to the new 53two venue for its opening in-house production, Things That Divide Us.

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Theatre Review: Dreamgirls, Palace Theatre, Manchester

September 20, 2022 No Comments

Emotional attachment to cultural artefacts is a major driver in the entertainment business.

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Theatre Review: There’s No Mystery in Murder!

August 25, 2022 Comments Off on Theatre Review: There’s No Mystery in Murder!

Three words in a press release that strike despondency in the heart of your correspondent are ‘Comedy Murder Mystery’. There are so many ways it could be dreadful.

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Theatre Review: Don’t Turn My Life Into A Musical, Oldham Coliseum

August 9, 2022 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Don’t Turn My Life Into A Musical, Oldham Coliseum

The irony in calling a musical Don’t Turn My Life Into A Musical is evident, but it perfectly captures the solipsistic agony of the five adolescents on the cusp of adulthood whose stories are being told here. 

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Theatre Review: One Man, Two Guvnors, Bolton Octagon

June 7, 2022 Comments Off on Theatre Review: One Man, Two Guvnors, Bolton Octagon

Choosing to produce One Man, Two Guvnors, a play by Richard Bean known as ‘the funniest show on the planet’, could have been an act of hubris.

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Theatre Review: The Jungle Book, Oldham Coliseum

April 12, 2022 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Jungle Book, Oldham Coliseum

Whatever you’re doing, stop it.

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Jessica Baglow Lady Macbeth and Tachia Newall Macbeth in Macbeth at Leeds Playhouse. Photograph by Kirsten Mcternan.

Theatre Review: Macbeth, Leeds Playhouse

March 10, 2022 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Macbeth, Leeds Playhouse

A hit. A palpable hit.

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Pixie and the pudding by Suzi Corker (2019)

Festive Theatre Review: The Pixie and the Pudding, Sheffield Crucible Studio

December 21, 2021 Comments Off on Festive Theatre Review: The Pixie and the Pudding, Sheffield Crucible Studio

It’s such a pleasure to watch highly skilled performers at work, whether it’s Ian McDiarmid in his one-man show The Lemon Table or Ashleigh Cheadle and Sam Dutton in this adaptation of a Scandinavian folktale at the Sheffield Crucible Studio.

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Twinkle and the Mechanical Light Machine, Oldham Theatre Workshop, Oldham Central Library

Review: Twinkle and the Mechanical Light Machine, Oldham Theatre Workshop, Oldham Central Library

December 16, 2021 Comments Off on Review: Twinkle and the Mechanical Light Machine, Oldham Theatre Workshop, Oldham Central Library

Imagine a town where the Christmas lights really matter.

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