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MIF 2017: Returning to Reims – HOME, Manchester 

Writer: Didier Eribon adapted by The Schaubühne Adaptor: The Schaubühne Director:  Thomas Ostermeier Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Returning to Reims puts the International in the Manchester International Festival. The play is adapted from a best-selling French memoir, The Schaubühne Theatre Company is German and the main actor has featured in a US thriller TV series. European theatres enjoy greater subsidy than ...

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Treasure Island – Williamson Park, Lancaster

Writer: Debbie Oates Director: Joe Sumsion Reviewer: May Mellstrom This summer marks the 30th anniversary of The Dukes' walkabout theatre productions in Williamson Park; which, in recent years, have transported audiences back to Victorian England in Oliver Twist and delved to the heart of Middle Earth in The Hobbit. This year, The Dukes restages Debbie Oates' 2012 indoor production of ...

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Fantastic Mr Fox – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Roald Dahl Adaptor: Sam Holcroft Director: Maria Aberg Reviewer: Jay Nuttall  “No-one outfoxes a fox”. It’s an adage that is at the heart of Roald Dahl’s beloved tale – pardon the pun.  But when Mr Fox isn’t quite as fantastic as he once was – besieged by his nemesis and minus his bushy tail – he’s going to need ...

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MIF 2017: Fatherland – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester 

Men with arms in the air

Writer: Scott Graham, Karl Hyde, Simon Stephens Music: Karl Hyde Director: Scott Graham Reviewer: Jo Beggs Scott Graham, Karl Hyde and Simon Stephens all went home. Back to their scattered hometowns, those places long left behind but which had shaped their childhoods and their lives. In Corby, Kidderminster, and Stockport they interviewed men about their fathers and their sons. Some ...

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The Sons of Pitches: SOP TV -The Lowry, Salford

6 men inside a television box

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Although The Sons of Pitches shot to fame as a cappella singers on TV’s The Naked Choir they seem determined to expand their range from being simply vocalists. SOP TV sees the group nudging towards ‘all round entertainers’ with comedy sketches based around the theme of TV shows. The group also show their ambitions by branching out ...

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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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Waiting for God – The Lowry Salford

older man and woman sitting on a bed

Writer: Michael Aitkens Director: David Grindley   Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Some years ago theatres were congested with adaptations of well-loved TV sitcoms. Michael Aitkens’s Waiting for God missed out on the fad but that may be to its advantage as the adaptation now feels more like a ‘proper’ play rather than a nostalgic cash-in. Diana (Nichola McAuliffe) is a retired photo-journalist ...

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Eddie Izzard: Believe Me – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Clare Boswell Eddie Izzard is a remarkable man. From avidly watching his many shows over the years, including Dressed to Kill, Unrepeatable and Glorious it is undoubtable that Izzard is a first-class stand-up. However, what has become apparent since then is his many other talents ranging from acting through to his gargantuan feat of running 27 marathons in 27 ...

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