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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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Knot – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Knot is the story of two lovers and ‘the invisible string that connects’ them. Presented on Valentine’s night in The Lowry’s Aldridge Studio, it’s just possibly not the story of two lovers you might expect. Performed by Nikki and JD – hand-to-hand acrobalance artists Nikki Rummer and Jean-Daniel Broussé – Knot is a hybrid of acrobatic cirque, ...

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The Jungle Book – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Rudyard Kiping Adaptor: Jessica Swale Music: Joe Stilgoe Director: Max Webster Reviewer: Daryl Holden The Jungle Book is a tale that everyone experiences at some point in their younger years.  For most, it is through the Disney film of the same name, which is now arguably more well-known than the original Rudyard Kipling books. This is where The Children’s ...

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Suggs: What A King Cnut, A Life In The Realm Of Madness – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Graham Mcpherson Reviewer: Jo Beggs From trashing the gents toilets at Middlesex Polytechnic to sneaking into the back window of the Groucho Club. From the front row of ‘the wrong end’ at Anfield to the roof of Buckingham Palace. In his second autobiographical show, Madness front-man Suggs, takes us on a jolly journey through his life as a pop ...

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Flashdance: The Musical  – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book: Tom Hedley Director: Hannah Chissick Reviewer: Lauren Maughan Get your leotards and legwarmers at the ready because you’re about to be transported back to the 1980s with Flashdance - The Musical. This feel-good extravaganza will have you dancing in the aisles and signing along to songs that make you smile. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported back to an ...

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The Kitchen Sink, the Coliseum Theatre, Oldham

Writer:  Tom Wells Director: Chris Lawson Reviewer: Richard Hall Following the success of his debut production, Jumpers for Goalposts, the Coliseum’s Associate Director, Chris Lawson, closes the theatre’s winter season with another of Tom Wells’ award-winning plays The Kitchen Sink. Winner of the Critics’ Circle Award for most promising playwright in 2011 and the George Devine Award in 2012, The ...

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201 Dance Company: SKIN –Waterside, Sale

Direction & Choreography: Andrea Walker Composer: Norvydas Genys Reviewer: Peter Jacobs 201 Dance Company’s latest production SKIN is presented as part of Queer Contact Festival, celebrating LGBT arts and culture in Greater Manchester. As Contact itself is closed for major refurbishment this year’s Queer Contact – and the rest of their 2018 programme – has been redistributed to other venues ...

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