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The Almighty Sometimes – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Kendall Feaver Director: Katy Rudd Reviewer: Matt Forrest Kendall Feaver’s debut certainly pulls no punches, as a mother and daughter are at odds with one another over how best to treat a mental health illness. At seven years old, Anna (Norah Lopez Holden) writes a last will and testament leaving her toys to all her friends. She then throws ...

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Syd & Sylvia – The Bikeshed, Exeter

Writer: Claudia Jefferies Reviewer: Gareth Roberts Claudia Jeffries' one-woman show Syd & Sylvia attempts to utilise the sleazy and misogynistic world of an ‘eighties working men's club as an entry point from which to explore broader themes of sexism. Performed with extraordinary timing and conviction and a style that is in equal parts brooding, manic and sinister, Jeffries’ brings to ...

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Strangers on a Train – Opera House, Manchester

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Writer: Patricia Highsmith Adaptor: Craig Warner Director: Antony Banks Reviewer: Matthew Forrest The play opens with a somewhat distorted projection of the American flag, which soon fades leaving just the blood red stripes: it’s a vision that draws you in from the get-go.  Strangers on a Train is that all too familiar of tales that sees the American dream turn ...

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Jane Eyre – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Charlotte Brontë Adaptation: Janys Chambers and Lorna French Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: Matt Forrest Last year saw this literary classic celebrate 170 years from when it was first published - since its release it has been wowing readers and audiences the world over with various stage and screen adaptations.  It would seem that now Jane Eyre’s place in the ...

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People, Places & Things – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Duncan Macmillan Director: Jeremy Herrin and Holly Race Roughan Reviewer: Matthew Forrest The biggest dangers to a recovering addict are the People, Places & Things. This is according to writer Duncan Macmillan’s play. Our friends, family, environment and circumstances can have a massive impact on someone struggling with their inner-demons and set them on a course of action they ...

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Hedda Gabler- The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Henrik Ibsen in a new version by Patrick Marber Director: Ivo van Hove Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The National Theatre’s production of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler takes a very modern approach to a classic text. Hedda Gabler (Lizzy Watts) feels that she is living below her expectations. Having sown her wild oats in her youth with the free-spirited writer Lovborg (Richard ...

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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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