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The Tongue Twister – 24:7 Theatre Festival, Manchester

Writer: Luke Walker Director: Alyx Tole Reviewer: Iain Sykes Into a world where rhyming and the reciting of poetry is a criminal offence and anybody found guilty has their tongue forcibly removed by a bogeyman figure known as The Tongue Twister, comes Plug (Jack Dearsley), a new boy in school to win the trust of the mysterious shop keeper, Old ...

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In My Bed – 24:7 Theatre Festival, Manchester

Writer: Rebekah Harrison Director: Matt Hassall Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Sarah (Olivia Sweeney) develops a one-sided obsessive relationship with the emotionally remote Danny (Kurt Nekko) that begins to affect the formerly warm friendship between Sarah and roommate Rose (Amy Drake). The fractured structure of Rebakah Harrison’s script for In My Bed perfectly reflects the disjointed lives of the characters who constantly ...

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Dinosaur Zoo – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Director: Scott Wright Reviewer: Mark and Isobel Smith Erth theatre from Australia, have taken the format of ‘show and tell’ and taken its concept to a whole new level. They have subsequently created a show packed full of fun, spectacle and learning, no mean feat at all, when you consider the average age at the show this reviewer watched was ...

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Rhys Darby: Mr Adventure – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Seb Farrell Darby’s main claim to fame lies in his contribution to the hit sitcom Flight of the Conchords chronicling the fortunes of a pair of New Zealand singer songwriters, in which Darby played the reliably hapless band manager Murray. Tonight we get him on his own complete with a astounding blend of sound effects, characterizations and quirky cockeyed ...

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Vive Le Cabaret – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Iain Sykes Vive Le Cabaret, now in its fifth year, offers us a variety of speciality acts from burlesque to musical to circus acts, all in its own inimitable cabaret style. Guest Master of Ceremonies for the evening, Benjamin Louche, manages to be as crude and cutting as the position requires yet somehow his stage persona doesn’t manage to ...

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The Box of Tricks – 24:7 Theatre Festival, Manchester

Writer: Ric Brady and Stephen M Hornby Director: Helen Parry Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Throughout their childhood and adolescence Mike (Sam Thompson) supported his brother Mark (Sam Moran) emotionally during their mother’s depression and financially in later years. How then did such close brothers become so estranged that Mike now refuses to speak at his brother’s funeral? Helen Parry directs The ...

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The Lives and Loves of Vera Dymond – 24:7 Theatre Festival, Manchester

Writer Jayne Marshall Music: Tom Byrne Director: Chris Salt Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The 24:7 Theatre Festival always offers a varied programme but even so the inclusion of a musical comes as something of a surprise. But then even writer Jayne Marshall and director Chris Salt seem unsure about the concept, as the first song doesn’t occur until 20 minutes into ...

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Three Women – 24:7 Theatre Festival, Manchester

Writer: Mari Lloyd Director: Peter Mitchelson Reviewer: Dave Cunningham A concealed pregnancy is a mental condition in which a woman is convinced, despite all physical evidence to the contrary, that she is not pregnant. Teenager Ellie (Lily Shepherd) is recovering from such a pregnancy and a subsequent miscarriage and her reaction affects her relationship with her mother Lorraine (Jackie Jones) ...

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