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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 Road To Huntsville – The Lowry, Salford

The Road To Huntsville

Writer: Stephanie Ridings Director: Jonathan V McGrath Reviewer: Jo Beggs We’ve all heard about them, the women who fall in love with murderers on death row. There’s been books and documentaries, ranging from serious psychological studies to trashy real-life crime novels. Stephanie Ridings found herself getting a bit obsessed with it all. She thought it would be a good theme ...

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The Importance of Being Earnest – Theatr Clwyd

A group of people dressed in victoriana over a pram

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director: Richard Fitch Reviewer: Clare Boswell The Importance of Being Earnest, currently in production at Mold’s Theatr Clwyd is one of Oscar Wilde’s most popular and enduring social satires and is a story which is familiar to most; at its centre is Jack ‘Ernest’ Worthing (Matt Jessup), who has made something of himself, despite not knowing his ...

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James Wilton Dance: Leviathan – Contact, Manchester

A group of dancers silhouetted through smoke

Choreography: James Wilton Reviewer: Peter Jacobs James Wilton Dance’s Leviathan aspires to greatness, loosely inspired by one of the Great American Novels of the Nineteenth Century – Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. In the novel, Captain Ahab becomes obsessed with capturing a white whale, ‘a beast as vast and dangerous as the sea itself, yet serene and beautiful beyond all imagining’.  ...

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La Strada – The Lowry, Salford

Writer in the room: Mike Akers Based on work of: Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano & Tullio Pinelli Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: John Roberts Based on the Oscar-winning film by renowned visual director Federico Fellini, Sally Cookson’s devised adaptation of La Strada welcomes you into the story of the quiet and naive Gelsomina (Audrey Brisson) with open arms and then slowly ...

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Winter Hill – The Octagon, Bolton

Six middle-aged women huddle together taking a selfie

Writer: Timberlake Wertenbaker Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: Harriet Mallion Winter Hill is a familiar landmark in the North West, its shining beacon is a glowing reminder of lofty heights, wet, wild nature and windswept moors. From a romanticised view of this iconic landmark is born a new production from writer Timberlake Wertenbaker which imagines a no-so-distant future where the pristine ...

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The Wedding Singer – Opera House, Manchester

jon robyns wedding singer king's theatre glasgow

Book: Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy Music: Matthew Sklar Lyrics: Chad Beguelin Director: Nick Winston Reviewer: Donna Kelly Based on the 1998 hit movie starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, The Wedding Singer tells the story of Robbie Hart, a wannabe rock-star stuck as a singer on the wedding band circuit. When his fiancée dumps him at the altar, it’s ...

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Rachel – Z Arts Centre, Manchester

Woman with green hair

Writer/Director: Stevie Helps Reviewer: Matt Forrest Some pieces of work challenge the audience and can cause a great deal of internal debate: these shows are few and far between but when they come along they hit you like a spade in the face. Rachel is definitely one of those plays. With that in mind here is the unusual step of ...

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