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A Doll's House

A Doll’s House at The Royal Exchange, Manchester

May 8, 2013 Comments Off on A Doll’s House at The Royal Exchange, Manchester

There is a brilliant cast in this production of A Doll’s House at the Royal Exchange. The type of cast dynamic that makes me think – are those occasional tables really necessary?

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I Was A Rat!

I Was A Rat! at The Lowry, Salford

May 8, 2013 Comments Off on I Was A Rat! at The Lowry, Salford

This adaptation of Philip Pullman’s 1999 children’s novel I Was A Rat! at The Lowry is a charming, thought provoking and visually stunning production.

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A scene from The Woman In Black @ Fortune Theatre. Touring Cast. (Taken 25-09-12) ©Tristram Kenton

The Woman in Black at The Lowry, Salford

May 7, 2013 Comments Off on The Woman in Black at The Lowry, Salford

When I first picked up Susan Hill’s gothic masterpiece, The Woman in Black, I was so unnerved by the novel I had to limit my reading to daylight hours. That book freaked the bejaysus out of me.

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Abigail's Party

Abigail’s Party at The Lowry, Salford

April 30, 2013 Comments Off on Abigail’s Party at The Lowry, Salford

Last night I stepped back into my childhood when I walked into The Lowry’s Lyric Theatre with my mum to watch Abigail’s Party, which has been revived 36 years after Mike Leigh’s play was first performed.

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Blonde Bombshells

Blond Bombshells of 1943, Oldham Coliseum

April 18, 2013 Comments Off on Blond Bombshells of 1943, Oldham Coliseum

Blonde Bombshells of 1943 taps into the nostalgia for the Second World War with its lively and upbeat production at the newly refurbished Oldham Coliseum.

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Rutherford & Son at The Lowry, Salford

April 17, 2013 Comments Off on Rutherford & Son at The Lowry, Salford

It’s hard to be critical of a play that includes the phrase “nobbut a lad” four glorious times.

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Twelfth Night at The Lowry

April 13, 2013 Comments Off on Twelfth Night at The Lowry

It begins with the iconic soliloquy “If music be the food of love, play on.”

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Ricky Champ as Josef The Fool (left) and Ony Uhiara as Lizaveta in CANNIBALS by Rory Mullarkey (Royal Exchange Theatre until 27 April). Photo - Jonathan Keenan

Cannibals at the Royal Exchange

April 9, 2013 Comments Off on Cannibals at the Royal Exchange

Theatre reviewing is an odd job. For the most part, you are asked to form a response to a play within a matter of hours, leaving little time to ponder the whys and wherefores.

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Othello, keep calm

Othello at the John Thaw Theatre

March 27, 2013 Comments Off on Othello at the John Thaw Theatre

The John Thaw Theatre in Manchester University’s quadrangle is a hidden gem. Earlier this week, Black Box Theatre Company performed at the theatre with their innovative adaptation of Othello, set in the First World War.

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