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Re:Play Festival 2014 : Away From Home – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Rob Ward and Martin Jameson Director: Martin Jameson Reviewer: Craig Hepworth Every so often a fringe play comes along that really raises the bar, Manchester has had quite a few over the past few years and Away From Home is no exception. First seen during last year’s 24/7 theatre festival where it was easily the stand out show, the ...

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The Judgement of Hakim – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Andrew Sherlock Director: Mark Smith Reviewer: John Roberts No reviewer was harmed in the writing of this review. One followed the steps carefully thus making me safe! Originally deemed too dangerous for the Amnesty International Theatre Award, Sherlock’s frightening psychological thriller is made up of every fear we have of living in a modern society. Just how much do ...

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Motionhouse: Broken – The Lowry, Salford

Artistic Director: Kevin Finnan Choreography: Kevin Finnan with Claire Benson and the company Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Motionhouse are one of the UK's leading internationally-touring dance theatre companies, specialising in innovative productions that combine extreme physicality with state of the art staging and technology to create a high-octane blend of contemporary dance, aerial theatre and cirque. The company have produced outdoor ...

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Blindsided – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Simon Stephens Director: Sarah Frankcom Reviewer: May Mellstrom Playwright Simon Stephens may have enjoyed huge West End success with his recent adaptations of A Dolls House and A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, but he has still found the time to bring the world premiere of Blindsided to the Royal Exchange stage. This is Stephens’ fourth ...

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Re:Play Festival 2014: All Our Friends Are Dead – The Lowry, Salford

Writers: Katie Norris and Sinead Parker Reviewer: Iain Sykes Take two girls, talented writers and actresses whose minds have been warped by over exposure to the shadowy world of surreal dark comedy, let them loose on a stage and prepare for laughter. That is the show known as All Our Friends Are Dead. Katie Norris and Sinead Parker, the ladies ...

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Thriller Live! – Opera House, Manchester

Director/Choreographer: Gary Lloyd Reviewer: Louise Hulley [Rating:4] Thriller Live!, for those who haven’t seen it before is in a nutshell - the music and iconic dance moves of some of the undisputed King of Pop Michael Jackson’s most popular songs bought to life on stage by a company of five vocalists: Sean Christopher, Tyrone Lee, Jesse Smith, Lascel Wood and ...

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Re:Play Festival 2014: To Walk In Your Shoes – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Louisa-May Parker from verbatim interviews Director: Martha Simon Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Attending ‘To Walk in Your Shoes’ is a daunting prospect. Author Louisa-May Parker developed the script from a series of verbatim interviews with asylum seekers and volunteers. It is hoped that giving the audience insight into the experiences of the participants will promote empathy with people who are ...

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Tonight’s the Night – Liverpool Empire

Music: Rod Stewart Book: Ben Elton Director: Caroline Jay Ranger Reviewer: Robin Winters The cast of Tonight’s the Night certainly had their work cut out for them on press night at the Liverpool Empire, after a late start of almost 20minutes due to technical difficulties left the audience colder and more hostile than one has previously encountered before at this ...

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