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Days of Wine and Roses – 53Two, Manchester

Writer: JP Miller Adaptation: Owen McCafferty Director: Jake Murray Reviewer: Matt Forrest When you think of London in the 1960’s, you’re immediately transported to the ‘Swinging Sixties’, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Carnaby Street and free love: however, Days of Wine and Roses, paints a very different picture, one of love, heartache, and tragedy with alcohol at the root of ...

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Things I Know To Be True – The Lowry, Salford 

Writer: Andrew Bovell Directors: Geordie Brookman and Scott Graham Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Things I Know To Be True is a modern Australian play by Andrew Bovell, now embarking on its third touring production since its inception in 2013. The play is a co-production between State Theatre Company South Australia and the UK’s own popular and critically-regarded Frantic Assembly. Direction duties ...

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The Divide Parts 1 and 2 – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

man with woman in full face mask

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Annabel Bolton Reviewer: S.E. Webster Incredible though it may sound, 2017 is actually Alan Ayckbourn’s debut at the Edinburgh International Festival. The prolific playwright, whose plays have been translated into more than 35 languages, is finally treading the floorboards at the Festival with his new work The Divide. Having united with the Old Vic and handed ...

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Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show – Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

woman with croissant and strawberries on her head

Reviewer: Emily Hall Travellers from out of town hoping to get the most out Fringe will all appreciate Pleasance’s Bite-Sized Breakfast Shows. Human and relatable, each one of these short plays is worth seeing, squeezing a plethora of genres into just one morning. The show wastes no time. You are handed tea, strawberries and a croissant on the door and ...

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Road – Royal Court Theatre, London

Writer: Jim Cartwright Director: John Tiffany Reviewer: Tom Finch Set among the houses of an unnamed street somewhere in Lancashire during the Thatcher years, Jim Cartwright’s seminal play Road is now playing at the Royal Court 30 years after its first production. Eschewing plot for character study the piece explores the lives of the working class inhabitants over the course ...

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The Railway Children: The Lowry, Salford

four children stare at a boy lying in a railway tunnell

Writer: E Nesbitt Adaptor: Dave Simpson Director: Paul Jepson Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Trains, as you would expect, are a central feature of The Railway Children. It seems appropriate; therefore, that tonight there are technical glitches and the show starts late. When their father disappears under mysterious circumstances Roberta (Millie Turner), Phyllis   (Katherine Carlton) and Peter (Vinay Lad) are reduced to ...

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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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MIF 2017: Party Skills for the End of the World –  Centenary Building, Salford

Writer: Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari with Abgail Conway Reviwer: Dave Cunningham Although the degree may differ parties and theatre are both social events at which people interact. In   Party Skills for the End of the World, creators Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari, along with designer Abgail Conway, set out to demolish the imaginary wall between audience and performers. This ...

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