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Great Expectations – King’s Arms Theatre, Salford

Writer: Charles Dickens Adaptor: Lee Lomas &Amy-Jane Ollies Director: Amy-Jane Ollies Reviewer: Ben Williams Over 150 years since its first publication and countless adaptations later, Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations is now being staged on an incredibly intimate scale in the King’s Arms Theatre, Salford. Manchester's 1956 Theatre Company move Philip "Pip" Pirrip's origins from the marshes of Kent to Lancashire ...

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The Memory of Water – The New Vic, Newcastle-Under-Lyme

Writer: Shelagh Stephenson Director: Nikolia Foster Reviewer: Kelly-Ann Dawes The Memory of Water is a humorous and unique production. It originally won the Olivier award for best new comedy in 2000, voted UK play of the year in 2001 and was later adapted into film (Before You Go in 2002.) The Memory of Water is about three sisters being joined ...

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Accidental Death of an Anarchist – Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Oldham

Writer: Dario Fo Adaptor: Deborah McAndrew Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Jo Beggs You could say that this is a timely revival. But, sad to say, there’s never been a time in over forty years of this play’s life that it hasn’t been topical. Written in response to the bungled interrogation of a bombing suspect in Milan, Dario Fo’s 1970 satire ...

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Junk Ensemble: The Falling Song – Contact Theatre, Manchester

Creation and choreography: Jessica Kennedy, Megan Kennedy Sound composition/design: Denis Clohessy Lyrics: Dennis Kennedy Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Junk Ensemble are an award-winning Dublin-based dance theatre company. Established in 2004, The Falling Song is their first production to tour the UK, although they were Artists in Residence at Tate Britain in 2012. The Falling Song is an imaginative and highly physical ...

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States of Verbal Undress – The Lowry, Salford

Written by: Rani Moorthy Director: Ruth Carney-Nash Reviewer: Dave Cunningham   As the audience enters the Studio Theatre at The Lowry, Rani Moorthy (who wrote the play based on interviews with immigrant communities) and Curtis Cole are working their way through the UK Citizenship test. Few in the audience can answer the questions leading to the conclusion that we all ...

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Opera North: Macbeth – The Lowry, Salford

Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave ( after Shakespeare) Music: Giuseppe Verdi Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave Director: Tim Albery Conductor:Tobias Ringborg Reviewer: Malcolm Wallace Premiering in 1847, Verdi’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s murderous tale of greed is one of those operas that, while treated respectfully by most major opera companies, crops up much less often than Verdi’s more popular and arguably superior operas ...

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Private Peaceful – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Adaptor/Director: Simon Reade Reviewer: John Roberts “I want to believe in Heaven, that there is life after death!” Based on the true stories of 300 British soldiers who were shot for cowardice during World War I – Michael Morpurgo’s tragic but beautifully constructed story hits an emotional punch as Tommo Peaceful recounts his life story on the ...

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Kernow King: Splann – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Helen Jones Kernow King left his beloved Cornwall for one night, on St Piran's Day no less, to come and entertain the people of Salford and entertain he did. Kernow is the Cornish word for Cornwall and this is very Cornish centric comedy but no less funny for that. Kernow King opens his show by asking how many people ...

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