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On the Outskirts of a Large Event – HOME, Manchester

Writer: Joe W Director: Malaika Cunningham Reviewer: Andrea Allen Lucien wakes on a small island with a gaping head wound and no recollection of who he is. Accompanied by an anonymous ‘fan’, he slowly pieces his life together, and it becomes increasingly clear that his head trauma may well be not all that it seems. Captivating visuals and a sparse ...

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The Quantum Physics of my Heart – The Vaults, London

Writer: Amy Tobias Director: Roxy Cook Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Amy Tobias and Roxy Cook know what an audience want in a theatre show. It begins with a warning that there will be some, but not too much, audience participation and includes some instructions on what do do with the “experiment bags” the audience is given - just so we know ...

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George’s Marvellous Medicine – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Roald Dahl Adapter: David Woods Director: Julia Thomas Reviewer: Jay Nutall We’ve all wanted to teach someone a lesson, haven’t we? Just a short, sharp shock to make them realise the error of their ways … Roald Dahl’s exciting and mischievous tale of one boy who literally gives someone a taste of their own medicine is staged with an ...

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Hamlet – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: William Shakespeare  Director: David Thacker Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Brevity may be the soul of wit but brevity was certainly not on William Shakespeare's agenda when he wrote the Danish classic. It is easy not to appreciate, when seeing a production every few years, the mammoth task a director, lead actor and whole company undertake when committing to stage the ...

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Thriller Live – Palace Theatre, Manchester

The cast of Thriller Live

Creator/Director: Gary Lloyd Reviewer: Donna Kelly Seen by over four million people in over 30 countries, it’s fair to say that Thriller Live is a crowd-pleaser. Now in its record-breaking ninth year in London’s West End, the musical extravaganza continues to draw big crowds and - much like Michael Jackson’s legacy - is showing no signs of slowing down. Celebrating ...

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Sunset Boulevard – Liverpool Empire

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Book & lyrics: Don Black and Christopher Hampton Director:  Nikolai foster Reviewer:  Daryl Holden Hollywood: A place where dreams are made, but also where those dreams can meet their end. Perhaps this is true for none more so than the characters of Sunset Boulevard who, in this tale of love, lust and loneliness, shine a spotlight ...

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Winter Solstice – Home Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Roland Schimmelpfennig Translator: David Tushingham Director: Alice Malin Reviewer: Sam Lowe Have we come to watch a rehearsal or a play? The audience is first welcomed with a rehearsal room set, an intriguing design by Lizzie Clachan. We see desk chairs and tables littered with post-it notes, half-full water bottles, highlighters, snacks, and the list goes on. Have they ...

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The Almighty Sometimes – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Kendall Feaver Director: Katy Rudd Reviewer: Matt Forrest Kendall Feaver’s debut certainly pulls no punches, as a mother and daughter are at odds with one another over how best to treat a mental health illness. At seven years old, Anna (Norah Lopez Holden) writes a last will and testament leaving her toys to all her friends. She then throws ...

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