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Author: Chris Wallis

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Theatre Review: Glee and Me, Royal Exchange, Manchester

September 20, 2021 No Comments

Fans of The Take on YouTube will have seen the one about ‘The Sick Girl’ trope.

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Manchester Jewish Museum reopens after a decade of planning (and two years closure)

August 10, 2021 Comments Off on Manchester Jewish Museum reopens after a decade of planning (and two years closure)

The Jewish people have more history than most.

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Theatre Review: Grimm Tales, The Dukes, Williamson Park, Lancaster   

August 6, 2021 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Grimm Tales, The Dukes, Williamson Park, Lancaster   

The Dukes’ summer show in Lancaster’s Williamson Park is one of the highlights of my theatrical year.

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A scene from The Global Playground by Theatre-Rites @Great Northern Warehouse. Part of Manchester International Festival 2021. Directed by Sue Buckmaster. Guy Hoare, Lighting Designer, Ingrid Hu, Designer and Gregory Maqoma, Choreographer (Opening 2-07-2021) ©Tristram Kenton 06-21 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com

Review: The Global Playground, Theatre-Rites, Manchester International Festival, Great Northern

July 17, 2021 Comments Off on Review: The Global Playground, Theatre-Rites, Manchester International Festival, Great Northern

If Manchester International Festival (MIF) has any raison d’être, this has to be it.

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Theatre Review: The Hound of the Baskervilles, Bolton Octagon

July 7, 2021 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Hound of the Baskervilles, Bolton Octagon

This is extremely silly.

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Choose Joy by Linnet Panashe Rubaya

Review: Inviolable – Joy as a form of resistance by Linnet Panashe Rubaya, Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester

June 24, 2021 Comments Off on Review: Inviolable – Joy as a form of resistance by Linnet Panashe Rubaya, Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester

It’s rare for me to visit a gallery and immediately think ‘oh, these are good’. More often, it’s ‘hmm’ or even ‘what?’.

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Food Review: Habas Restaurant and Bar, Manchester

June 12, 2021 Comments Off on Food Review: Habas Restaurant and Bar, Manchester

Times are hard for restaurants.

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Theatre Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, HOME, Manchester

June 11, 2021 Comments Off on Theatre Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, HOME, Manchester

To my everlasting chagrin, I never saw Peter Brook’s famous 1970 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream set in a white box with trapezes.

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Dream

Online Theatre Review: Dream, The Audience of The Future Consortium

March 20, 2021 Comments Off on Online Theatre Review: Dream, The Audience of The Future Consortium

Last night I dreamt I went to watch live theatre again.

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(Online) Theatre Review: Duckie, HOME, Manchester

January 6, 2021 Comments Off on (Online) Theatre Review: Duckie, HOME, Manchester

These are difficult times. Rehearsals are problematic with social distancing and theatres are largely making it up as they go along.

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