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Concrete Jungle – Whitefield Garrick Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Sarah O’Connell Director: Naomi Jones Reviewer: Jo Beggs Natalia can get the best out of people. That’s why she’s getting sent out as the sole journalist for a fly-on-the-wall TV documentary set in the dark world of drug dealing. Not that her boss, upper middle-class media man James, would touch this assignment with a barge pole. The idea of ...

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Love Letters To Asia – King’s Arms, Salford

Written and Directed by: popbox Reviewer: Jo Beggs Josh Cannon, Tom Morris and Georgie Sykes (popbox) have all done the gap year Asia trail. They've carted their backpacks across the world, Instgramming the hell out of everything and storing away some of the quirkiest moments for their experimental show Love Letters To Asia. It’s a perfect fringe offering, ideally suited ...

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War Stories – King’s Arms, Salford

Writers: Emma Gibson and Rob Johnston Director: Benedict Power Reviewer: Jo Beggs Theatre spaces like the King’s Arms were made for intense little dramas like War Stories, an affecting two-hander that translates a vast and terrible story into an intimate conversation. Played on a simple set with a paired back, but beautifully lit, set by Meriel Pym, this first world ...

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MANC MINI: Truly Outrageous Productions – Hamlet

Our Manc Mini series offers short, witty and slightly tongue-in-cheek insights into the offerings at the North West’s largest arts festival. Anne Davies of Truly Outrageous Productions, tells us about their showHamlet, which they will be performing at Joshua Brooks.   How would you describe your show in one sentence? Denmark’s a prison – can Hamlet ‘Shawshank’ his way out? ...

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MANC MINI: Big Egg Theatre – Damned

Our Manc Mini series offers short, witty and slightly tongue-in-cheek insights into the offerings at the North West’s largest arts festival. Jodie of Big Egg Theatre, tells us about their showDamned, which they will be performing at Kings Arms: The Vaults.   How would you describe your show in one sentence? Damned is an insidious, rapid-fire piece of theatre that ...

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MANC MINI: BAPS Theatre – Di and Viv and Rose

Our Manc Mini series offers short, witty and slightly tongue-in-cheek insights into the offerings at the North West’s largest arts festival. Sophie Ellicott, Sophie Toland and Louise Wilson of BAPS Theatre, tell us about their showDi and Viv and Rose, which they will be performing at Joshua Brooks from 20– 23July.   How would you describe your show in one ...

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MANC MINI: Lynne Parker on Funny Women

Our Manc Mini series offers short, witty and slightly tongue-in-cheek insights into the offerings at the North West’s largest arts festival. Funny Women founder Lynne Parker, tells us about the awards.   How would you describe your show in one sentence? The Funny Women are now in their 14th year and are recognised as the benchmark for new female comedy. ...

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MANC MINI: Gingerleedoesit – National Killing Day

Our Manc Mini series offers short, witty and slightly tongue-in-cheek insights into the offerings at the North West’s largest arts festival. Lee Clotworthy of Gingerleedoesit, tells us about their show National Killing Day, which they will be performing at The King's Arms Theatre.   How would you describe your show in one sentence? 'On a day when slaying is declared ...

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