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Michael Kiwanuka – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Michael Kiwanuka has come a long way since being championed by Adele in 2011, winning BBC Sound of 2012, from the release of his debut album Home Again’ to the stratospheric reception of his second album Love & Hate’ in 2016 which received nominations for Best Album from the Mercury Prize, the MOBOs, and BBC Music. Kiwanuka ...

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Stay Happy, Keep Smiling – 53Two, Manchester

Writer: Anna Jordan Director: Simon Naylor Reviewer: Andrea Allen On an evening where a good number of the smartphone-wielding audience have just received a news alert informing them that MI5 have declared the UK to be on its most critical terror alert to date, Stay Happy, Keep Smiling couldn’t seem closer to home. Bruntwood Prize-winning Anna Jordan’s play takes  the ...

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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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People, Places and Things – HOME, Manchester

Writer: Duncan McMillan Director: Jeremy Herrin with Holly Race Roughan Reviewer: Jay Nuttall “People who aren’t addicted to anything are really missing out”. It may sound trite but it is a line in Duncan McMillan’s superbly crafted play that echoes long after the play ends. For anyone addicted to theatre this is one play you really don’t want to miss. ...

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The Band – Manchester Opera House

Director: Kim Gavin and Jack Ryder Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen The Band is a new production that has been created off the back of the international success of boy group Take That, and that sparked a TV search for five aspiring pop stars. Making its debut in Manchester, it is at once both fun and ridiculous, providing a real throwback to ...

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Gypsy Queen – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Rob Ward Director: Adam Zane Reviewer:  Katherine Kirwin Two fighters command the stage in separate spotlights and rush forth a spoken word style monologue; one is ‘Gorgeous George’ a scrappy Northern Catholic bare-knuckle fighter and the other is Dean ‘The Pain’ Clayton who is part of a boxing dynasty with greatness lying before him. When there are doubts about ...

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Our Town – Royal Exchange Theare, Manchester

Writer: Thornton Wilder Director: Sarah Frankcom Reviewer: Jo Beggs Thornton Wilder’s 1938 play Our Town seems to fall in and out of favour with directors, and yet, with its timeless themes, dry humour and sincerity it always remains amazingly relevant. Sarah Frankcom’s new production offers a powerful and solid start to the Exchange’s Autumn Season and proves that the Exchange ...

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