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The Fountainhead. Manchester International Festival

Review: The Fountainhead, Manchester International Festival, The Lowry

July 15, 2019 No Comments

A four-hour, Dutch subtitled, dramatised version of The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand might seem as appealing as a dinner party invite from Tommy Robinson, but when it’s directed by one of the world’s most acclaimed directors it’s an opportunity to see a startling and resonant piece of theatre.

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Invisible Cities, Manchester International Festival

Review: Invisible Cities, Manchester International Festival

July 8, 2019 No Comments

With the pervasive smell of brick dust hanging in the air and the stage curtained off with projections mapping Kublai Khan’s kingdom, we embark on a tale of empire.

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Tree, MIF2019

Theatre Review: Tree, Manchester International Festival 2019

July 8, 2019 No Comments

Enclosed in Upper Campfield Market, we gather standing around the stage to experience the secrets and lies around one man’s journey into the heart of South Africa and the uncovering of his family tree.

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The Hired Man, Oldham Coliseum

Theatre Review: The Hired Man, Oldham Coliseum

July 3, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Hired Man, Oldham Coliseum

Any work with the title The Hired Man has got to be a socialist polemic based on the Marxist contradiction between Capital and Labour, doesn’t it? Well, not exactly.

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Chris Lawson, acting artistic director of Oldham Coliseum

“People in Oldham should not have to go to Manchester to experience theatre.” Chris Lawson, acting artistic director of Oldham Coliseum

July 3, 2019 Comments Off on “People in Oldham should not have to go to Manchester to experience theatre.” Chris Lawson, acting artistic director of Oldham Coliseum

“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them,” wrote the Bard, and so it is with Chris Lawson who, with the sudden departure of Kevin Shaw, has been catapulted into the role of acting artistic director at Oldham Coliseum.

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Stan Wallace

Tales from Northern Britain: Playwright and comedian Stan Wallace talks to Northern Soul

June 9, 2019 Comments Off on Tales from Northern Britain: Playwright and comedian Stan Wallace talks to Northern Soul

The whole Brexit conundrum may be dividing the nation but that hasn’t stopped first-time playwright and stand-up comedian Stan Wallace from having his say and encouraging us to have ours.

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Theatre Review: The Importance of Being Earnest, Bolton Octagon at Albert Halls

June 8, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Importance of Being Earnest, Bolton Octagon at Albert Halls

This is the most interesting production of The Importance of Being Earnest I have ever seen, and that includes David Suchet in drag as Lady Bracknell. 

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Socially (un)acceptable, Laura Desmond

“I thought I was to blame for the assaults.” Producer and artist Laura Desmond talks post-#MeToo

May 31, 2019 Comments Off on “I thought I was to blame for the assaults.” Producer and artist Laura Desmond talks post-#MeToo

It’s almost two years since #MeToo catapulted into the Twittersphere.

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Caroline Harker and Eve Matheson in Handbagged. Photo Helen Murray

Theatre Review: Handbagged, Oldham Coliseum

May 21, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Handbagged, Oldham Coliseum

Well, that was odd. A comedy about Margaret Thatcher and the Queen and it’s very funny. Who’d have thought it?

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Tom Hughes and Dean Brocklehurst, The Talleyrand

“We’d like to make history.” The Talleyrand, Levenshulme, Manchester

May 17, 2019 Comments Off on “We’d like to make history.” The Talleyrand, Levenshulme, Manchester

Levenshulme is rising. To say it is gentrifying is perhaps too strong but it’s certainly becoming bohemian.

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