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The Crucible – Opera House, Manchester

A mand and woman stand facing one another, his hands on her arms

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Douglas Rintoul Reviewer: Andrea Allen    Written as a stark allegory reflecting the tide of betrayal, fear and deceit he saw amid the governmental communist-hunt of 1950s America. Arthur Miller’s telling of the Salem Witch Trials will ever be, in Miller’s own words, “a warning of tyranny on the way or a reminder of tyranny just past”, ...

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Ellen Kent’s Aida – Palace Theatre, Manchester.

Music: Giuseppe Verdi. Libretto: Antonio Ghislanzoni. Director: Ellen Kent. Conductors: Nicolae Dohotaru and Vasyl Vasylenko. Reviewer: Sam Lowe. For 25 years, Ellen Kent has been producing and touring opera and ballet in the UK. Kent's productions have reached audience numbers of around five million people since 1995. In her own words, Kent attempts to make opera "entertaining and visually spectacular ...

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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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Swear School – Contact, Manchester

Man in glasses and teacher's mortar board

Writer: Thick Richard Reviewer: Andrea Allen It’s back to school time, but this isn’t your standard comprehensive school, this is Swear School. Time to swot up on your A-Z of swearing, there will be questions and if you’re good you might even get a sticker. Accompanied by Brat, a polystyrene puppet school-child who’s had his mouth washed out with soap ...

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Turn 2017 – Contact, Manchester

Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Turn 2017 – a night of new northern dance - is Manchester’s grassroots microfestival of local dance artists and dance makers showing excerpts and works in progress, presented by Word of Warning, Contact, Dance Manchester and Manchester Dance Consortium. Turn returns for its ninth year with a slightly different format in that all the dance work is ...

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How My Light Is Spent – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Silhouette of man wearing earmuffs

Writer: Alan Harris Director: Liz Stevenson Reviewer: Jo Beggs Once a week Jimmy spends nine minutes on a premium-rate phone line to Kitty. As the minutes and his hard-earned cash tick away at £1.20 a minute, Kitty makes him just a bit feel less lonely. Alan Harris’s clever, poignant play reads like an epic poem, its urgent dialogue and scene-setting ...

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Twelfth Night – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Jo Davies Reviewer: Andrea Allen                    “What country, friends is this?” It’s Illyria, so expect cross-dressing, mistaken identity, music, booze and a few cruel tricks, “nothing that is so, is so”.  As the lights dim, music that can be inadequately described as Eastern European Gypsy-punk envelopes the room, setting a tingling tone of faraway lands where all ...

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Jane Eyre – The Lowry, Salford

The cast of Jane Eyre at Bristol Old Vic

Writer: Charlotte Bronte Adaptor/Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: Mel Duncan ‘Injustice!’ Jane Eyre has long been forced to suffer the misrepresentation of being Bronte’s seemingly fated romantic heroine, fodder for many creative and dramatic interpretations, predominantly focusing upon the romantic attachments formed by the protagonist.  How refreshing to witness an Eyre so clearly and confidently self-sufficient – this ‘love story’ is ...

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