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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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Oyster Boy – Kings Arms, Salford

  Company: Haste Theatre Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Oyster Boy is a dark comedy, adapted from a Tim Burton short story, telling the story of a couple who fall in love and give birth to a son with an oyster-shaped head. The story is a tale of love and acceptance, of conformity and expectations, it is dark and blackly funny. Haste ...

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The Game – Contact, Manchester

Reviewer: Hannah Hiett Devised with women formerly and currently working in the sex industry, The Game explores the act of buying sex – the rules, the language and the power structures. The Game promises us ‘a real-life game, with levels and consequences.’ And, although some of the pageantry of a game show is here (the musical interludes, the faintly tyrannical ...

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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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Tom Gill: Growing Pains – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Writers: Tom Gill and Matthew Landers Director: Matthew Landers Reviewer: Paul Couch Spoken Word artist Tom Gill may not yet be a household name but a rise in fortune is as inevitable as leaden skies over his home city of Manchester. His semi-autobiographical work, Growing Pains, reflects the frustrations of escaping a predictable no job/McJob in Salford while dodging physical ...

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Guide Gods – The Manchester Maccabi Community Centre, Manchester

Performer: Claire Cunningham Reviewer: Richard Hall Still something of a newcomer to the Arts Festivals scene in Manchester, SICK! has for this year’s Festival taken over an impressive number of City centre venues and also as in this instance, some community centres in outlaying districts, for a three week long programme of some of the finest and most hard-hitting new ...

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Yank! – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Book & Lyrics: David Zellnik Music: Joseph Zellnik Director: James Baker Reviewer: May Mellstrom It is 1943 and teenager Stu is drafted into the US Army, scared he will not have 'what it takes' to make it as a soldier. Encompassing a thoughtful coming-of-age narrative and a charming wartime romance, what follows could be a typical musical of the 1940s. ...

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The Suppliant Women – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Aeschylus Adaptor: David Greig Director: Ramin Gray Reviewer: May Mellstrom Fifty women board a boat in Egypt and set sail for Greece to claim asylum, fleeing the threat of forced marriage and seeking protection and sanctuary. The synopsis may sound ripped from the headlines but is in fact, the basis for The Suppliant Women, first written and performed in ...

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