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Makbet – Sure We Can, New York

(Makbet) (Sure We Can) (NYC) (c)Troy Hahn

Writer: William Shakespeare Adaptor: Dzieci Theatre Director: Matt Mitler Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell As part of their 20th anniversary season, Dzieci Theatre brings their Roma-infused version of Shakespeare’s bloodiest play to a seemingly unlikely venue—a recycling center in Bushwick. Staged in a shipping container, Makbet is a bare-bones production with no recorded sound, minimal props, costumes and lighting, and a ...

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MIF 2017: Party Skills for the End of the World –  Centenary Building, Salford

Writer: Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari with Abgail Conway Reviwer: Dave Cunningham Although the degree may differ parties and theatre are both social events at which people interact. In   Party Skills for the End of the World, creators Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari, along with designer Abgail Conway, set out to demolish the imaginary wall between audience and performers. This ...

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Declaration – The Lowry, Salford

Publicity Image for Art witH Heart's Declaration

Writer/Director: Sarah Emmott and Rachel Moorhouse. Reviewer: Sam Lowe. Informative, witty, and honest are some of the labels which can be placed onto Declaration. This is not the first show to explore themes of mental health and what impact a label has on a person. Nevertheless, the performance is a unique and detailed exploration of these subjects. This is an autobiographical performance ...

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Operation Black Antler – Home, Manchester

Writer/Directors: Matt Adams, Richard Hahlo, Jem Wall, Ju Row Farr, Nick Tandavanitji Reviewer: Matt Forrest The chances are if you utter the words “Forget about it” in a faux Italian accent, someone within ear shot will reply “Forget about it” back, such is the appeal and fondness for the 1997 film Donnie Brasco, which saw Johnny Depp go deep undercover ...

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Trainspotting Live – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Irvine Welsh Adaptor: Harry Gibson Director: Adam Spreadsbury-Maher and Greg Esplin Reviewer: Andrea Allen Calling all future audiences of Trainspotting Live, heed this advice, when walking into the theatre sit well clear of the “worst toilet in Scotland”. In Your Face Theatre are combusting across the UK with this loud, visceral, gloriously intrusive and gut-wrenchingly gross production. You’re going ...

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The Seagull – Access Theater, New York

Writer: Anton Chekhov Adaptors: Fergus Scully & Taylor Petracek Director: Lillian Meredith Original Music: Sylvana Joyce Reviewer: Jamie Rosler Anton Chekhov’s plays plumb the heights and depths of the human condition in ways to which most playwrights can only aspire. Though the stories they tell exist in a specific time and place, the characters, and their struggles and triumphs, are ...

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Ringside – The Lowry, Salford

Trapeze artist Ellie Dubois swinging on trapeze using her legs

Reviewer: Jo Beggs A solitary audience member is taken through a locked door, into a bare breeze-block corridor which leads to the back of the Lyric stage. Through a second door, you’re plunged into the darkness of the stage, dark except for an empty trapeze glowing with soft golden light. A sharp line of light on the floor just inside ...

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Something Terrible Might Happen – The Lowry, Salford

A male and female with Fragile Tape over their mouths and wrapped in Bubble Wrap

Writer/Director: Uncanny Theatre Reviewer: Lizz Clark They say that there's nothing to fear but fear itself – and spiders, of course. But what is fear really like, how does it shape and control us, and why? These are the questions that Matt, Ben, Matthew and Natalie of Uncanny Theatre explore in Something Terrible Might Happen, a grab-bag of ideas and ...

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