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Jesus Hopped The A Train – HOME, Manchester

Writer: Stephen Adly Guirgis Director: Jake Murray Reviewer: Jo Beggs Angel Cruz has landed himself in prison for shooting a cult leader who has “stolen” his best friend. Angel didn’t set out to kill the Reverend Kim, in fact, he shot him “in the ass” to avoid that very outcome, but now his victim has died during routine surgery and ...

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DollyWould – HOME, Manchester

Creators: Louise Mothersole and Rebecca Biscuit Reviewer: Sam Lowe Sh!t Theatre is an intriguing name for a company, considering Mothersole and Biscuit have devised a baaarilliant performance. Yes, this is a contemporary performance where Dolly Parton and Dolly the Sheep share the same stage. It unpacks what cloning is in a literal and metaphorical sense, and utilises it to reflect ...

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My First Ballet: Swan Lake – The Opera House, Manchester,

Choreography: Antonio Castilla after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Reviewer: Richard Hall Since 2012, the English National Ballet School and English National Ballet have toured versions of some of the most famous ballets in the repertoire that have been specially adapted for young audiences. The My First Ballet series places the emphasis firmly on fun and accessibility ...

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The Tiger Lillies: Corrido de la Sangre – HOME, Manchester

Director: Mark Holthusen Reviewer: Jay Nutall The Tiger Lillies have always been notoriously difficult to categorise. Their style crosses so many genres that, paradoxically, it has become a genre itself. Since their conception in 1989 this trio have been described as the forefathers of Brechtian punk cabaret with a style that merges macabre magic of pre-war Berlin with the savage ...

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The Cherry Orchard – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Anton Chekov Translator and Adapter: Rory Mullarkey Director: Michael Boyd Reviewer: Jay Nutall Anton Chekov was, perhaps, the master of writing about the dysfunctional family and many theatre scholars believe that The Cherry Orchard, written in 1904, was his greatest play. This confident and assured production, co-produced with Bristol Old Vic and directed by the former artistic director of ...

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Of Mice and Men – Opera House, Manchester

Writer: John Steinbeck Director: Guy Unsworth Reviewer: Abbie Rippon Living in 2018 when social care, misogyny, immigration and racism make daily headlines, Steinbeck’s classic, staged by Selladoor reminds us how far we have come as a society, but more poignant is the revelation of how far we still have to go. For readers unfamiliar with the classic text, set in California ...

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