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Tank – HOME, Manchester

Two men with dark background

Writer: Billy Barrett, Ellice Stevens, Joe Boylan, Craig Hamilton, Victoria Watson Director: Billy Barrett and Ellice Stevens Reviewer: Andrea Allen It’s 1965. High-school drop-out Margaret Lovatt journeys across her Caribbean Island hometown and talks her way into a job at a cutting-edge animal research lab. Fast forward a bit and she’s living in a fully-waterproofed house with Peter the dolphin ...

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Help – HOME, Manchester

Writer: Anoek Nuyens Director: Marjolein van Heemstra Reviewer: Jo Beggs Anoek Nuyens was very excited when her great-aunt handed on to her the charity she’d been running for half a century. Anoek saw the opportunity to change lives in some of the most poverty-stricken and war-torn parts of Africa, she was keen to do good, to make a real difference. ...

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If These Spasms Could Speak – Home, Manchester

Writer and performer: Robert Softley Reviewer: Richard Hall Robert Softly is one of the many ground-breaking disabled artists that have been invited to perform at this year’s impressive Sick! Festival. In this engaging and warm-hearted show, Robert, recounts with candour and humour a collection of funny, sad and touching stories about his and other people’s disability. Robert was born with ...

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Lolling and Rolling – HOME, Manchester

Reviewer: Andrea Allen Attempting a social, political and linguistic history of the Westernisation of South Korean culture is no mean feat, trying to communicate the entire thing in a second language that you’re not entirely confident in should make it impossible, not for Jaha Koo. Lolling and Rolling is a condensed, well-informed narrative revealed in part through the fictional story ...

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City of Glass – HOME, Manchester

Writer: Paul Auster Adaptor: Duncan MacMillan Director: Leo Warner Reviewer: Brian Gorman Well, this is eye-opening (and mind-expanding) stuff! Adapted by Duncan MacMillan from the first book of American novelist Paul Auster's 1980s trilogy, the 59 Theatre Company have a world premiere to be proud of. This is an intense, beautiful, visually-glorious experience that kicks off with depressed thriller writer ...

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Home – The Lowry, Salford.

Writers: Amber Onat Gregory and Lucy Garland. Director: Kate O’Connor. Reviewer: Sam Lowe. Frozen Light Theatre’s Home teases out the inner child in everyone, regardless of their age and who they are. The production immerses special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and non-SEND audiences in a multi-sensory story of wonder and discovery. In the story, Scarlet and Olive must learn ...

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ŻfinMalta Dance Ensemble: From Home with Love – Sadler’s Wells, London

Choreographers: Mavin Khoo and Ivan Perez Aviles Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Finding out who we are is one of life’s great challenges; some people find happiness in conformity, being like everyone else, accepted into the crowd, while others are destined to find their own path. The support we draw from others can equally conflict or confirm who we are supposed to ...

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Narvik – Home, Manchester

Joe Shipman as Jim in Narvik

Writer: Lizzie Nunnery Director: Hannah Tyrell-Pinder Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Box of Tricks, the Manchester-based new-writing focused theatre company, have combined forces with Lizzie Nunnery to create this enchanting emotional memory play. We are introduced to 90-year-old Liverpudlian Jim who has fallen in his home and cannot find the strength to stand, while the ghosts and memories of his past begin ...

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