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Be//Longing – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Rebekah Harrison et al Director: Matt Hassall and Take Back Theatre Reviewer: Lizz Clark Headlines refer to "swarms" of immigrants and political campaigns focus on "taking back control" of Britain and its borders. Migration is a pressing issue of our time, but how often do we hear the real stories of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers? In partnership with ...

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Alice in Wonderland – Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester

Open Air Theatre - with Wonderland lettering adorning the space

Writer: Lewis Carroll Adaptor: Glyn Maxwell Director: Derek Bond Reviewer: John Roberts Family shows at the Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre have always had a strong stamp of originality and following the success of last year’s production of Stig of the Dump, the same creative team Glyn Maxwell (adaptor) and director Derek Bond have once again brought magic to city ...

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Shore to Shore – Oriental City Restaurant, Leeds

Writers: Mary Cooper and MW Sun Music: Angela Chan Director: David K S Tse Reviewer: Sue Collier On the Wire presents a unique theatrical experience within a restaurant setting. This play is the result of interviews with a range of Chinese people from the Leeds and West Yorkshire region. It examines issues of identity, gender, human trafficking, domestic violence, racism ...

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The Other Side – Birmingham and Midland Institute, Birmingham

Six people with a set of scales

Writer and Director: Frank Bramwell Reviewer: John Kennedy Described as A Play For Today told by the Voices of Yesterday this site-specific, script-in-hand event debuted last month at St. Paul’s in the Jewellery Quarter. Theatre Birmingham is a collective of professional and non-professional theatre-makers who create inclusive spoken-word and scripted plays. The ethos and emphasis is to draw in local talent and enthusiasm ...

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Best Foot Forward – YHA, York

Writer: Maeve Larkin Director: Marianne McNamara Composer: Kieran Buckeridge Musical Director: Rebekah Hughes Designer: Kate Morton Reviewer: Ron Simpson Mikron Theatre Company’s intentions, after 46 years on the road, remain at the same time wonderfully simple and boldly ambitious. You take two key elements in British life (fish and chips, say, the WI or canals), commission plays about them and ...

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North Country – The Wild Woods, Bradford

Writer: Tajinder Singh Hayer Director: Alex Chisholm Designer: Uzma Kazi Reviewer: Ron Simpson Freedom Studios is nothing if not bold in the settings and style of its productions.  The setting for North Country may be rather less integral to the subject matter than earlier site-specific triumphs at Drummonds Mill and Bradford Interchange, among others, but a disused city centre Marks ...

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The Factory – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Devised by: The Company Director: Matt Hassall Designer: Bethany Wells Sound Designer: Gerry Marsden Reviewer: Brendan James The Young Company at The Royal Exchange have departed from their home in St Ann’s Square and have taken their latest production of The Factory to the theatres' studio space on Swan Street to create an ambitious site-specific and immersive new work. On ...

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Swarm – Bute Town History and Arts Centre, Cardiff

Director: Abdul Shayek Reviewer: Jacqui Onions Swarm takes its name from that now infamous statement by David Cameron, "You've got a swarm of people coming across the Mediterranean, seeking a better life." However, this company-devised, site-specific play turns the current situation on its head. The West is destroying itself with war and civilians, fearing for their lives, are escaping to ...

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