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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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The Game – Contact, Manchester

Reviewer: Hannah Hiett Devised with women formerly and currently working in the sex industry, The Game explores the act of buying sex – the rules, the language and the power structures. The Game promises us ‘a real-life game, with levels and consequences.’ And, although some of the pageantry of a game show is here (the musical interludes, the faintly tyrannical ...

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Nowhere – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

cast nowhere andy arnold tron theatre glasgow

Writer & Director: Andy Arnold Reviewer: Rachel Watson Nowhere is definitely something original. This immersive, innovative show takes its audience on a tour around Glasgow’s vibrant Tron Theatre, making use of all the space and giving a better insight of the theatre than ever before. Conceived and orchestrated by Andy Arnold, this 50-minute play introduces you to a variety of ...

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Dark Hearts of Space – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Stanislav Glazov Visuals: Dasha Rush Reviewer: Jo Beggs Dark Hearts of Space is an audio-visual experience created by visual artist Dasha Rush and musician Stanislav Glazov.  Forty minutes of dream-like whirling shapes and colours that loosely tells the story of the formation of black holes. Created by projecting digital images onto a screen and a gauze curtain, and enhanced ...

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