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The Faces At The Window: The Bandwiths of Balderdash – Gullivers, Manchester

Writers: The Company Director: Ross Kelly Reviewer: Brian Gorman 'Manchester's answer to the legendary Monty Python team' isn't too far off a legit description of this brand new comedy troupe; at least on the evidence of this (somewhat awkwardly titled) first outing, The Bandwiths of Balderdash. Six local writer/actor/musicians make up The Faces At The Window (a wonderful team moniker, ...

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PREVIEW: Manc Mini – Ballot Box

2 girls sat on a sofa with union jack bunting behind them

This month The Greater Manchester Fringe returns with a month long packed programme of events to tantalise and excite. To help you decide what to see, we’re running our Manc Mini Previews, asking performers to tell us about their productions. Here Emily Parker-Barratt from Tea and Tonic Productions talks to us about Ballot Box How would you describe your show ...

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PREVIEW: Manc Mini – Richard Carpenter is Close to You

Man Stands with a Microphone

This month The Greater Manchester Fringe returns with a month long packed programme of events to tantalise and excite. To help you decide what to see, we’re running our Manc Mini Previews, asking performers to tell us about their productions. Here Matthew Floyd Jones talks to us about his show Richard Carpenter is Close to You How would you describe your ...

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PREVIEW: Manc Mini – Wood

Two men lying together in a park

This month The Greater Manchester Fringe returns with a month long packed programme of events to tantalise and excite. To help you decide what to see, we’re running our Manc Mini Previews, asking performers to tell us about their productions. Here Oli Savage talks to us about Wood How would you describe your show in one sentence? Easy - an ...

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Funny Women Awards 2016 Regional Final – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Donna Kelly The Lowry played host to the regional final of the 2016 Funny Women Awards as nine comedy acts took to the stage compete for a place in the coveted final. Launched in 2003, the Funny Women Awards aims to find the best new female comedy performers by offering the winner a career developing cash prize of £2000 ...

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Hamlet – Joshua Brooks, Manchester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Anne Davies Reviewer: Jim Gillespie Truly Outrageous Productions first staged their adaptation of Hamlet at Manchester Central Library in April. Three months on, the show now plays as part of the Greater Manchester Fringe in the underground performance space provided at Joshua Brooks on Princess Street. Trimmed to barely 90 minutes, this half-weight Hamlet has been ...

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The Trial – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Franz Kafka Adaptor: Evelyn Roberts and Matt Holt Director: Craig Sanders Reviewer: Donna Kelly Considering Franz Kafka wrote The Trial more than half a century ago, its uncanny prediction, both in subject matter and form, is eerily disturbing. In today’s world of mass surveillance and Islamic State brutality, this timeless tale of ordinary terror is as relevant today as ...

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The Chamber of Beheaded Queens – Chapter One Books, Manchester

Writer: KT Parker Director: Kate O’Leary Reviewer: Jo Beggs In one of many windowless rooms in an alternative afterlife, four beheaded queens are thrown together. Their one thing in common? Their gruesome and untimely demise. Anne Boleyn (Christine Corser) sits and sews..and..sews..and sews, while Mary Stewart (Ashleigh Barton) fritters away their ‘tokens’ trying to relive memories of the past. They’ve ...

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