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FLARE: #losmicrófonos – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer performers: Jorge Dutor &Guillem Mont de Palol Reviewer: Laura Maley A week of international and radical new theatre – in the form of Manchester’s Flare Festival - begins its first full day of programming in winning style with #losmicrófonos in the Royal Exchange Theatre’s Studio. Imagine hearing French-Canadian singer Celine Dion’s name sung to the tune of her mega-hit ...

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Arvo Pärt / Manchester Camerata (Manchester International Festival) – The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Conductor: Gábor Takács-Nagy (Manchester Camerata) Choir artistic director: Jaan-Eik Tulve (Vox Clamantis Choir) Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The 2015 Manchester International Festival has been characterised by a somewhat desperate pursuit of originality. This has generated works of shallow novelty and of high pretension. In such an environment the commissioning of a concert dedicated to a composer purely on the basis of ...

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Neck of the Woods: Manchester International Festival – Home, Manchester

Writer: Veronica Gonzalez Pena Director: Douglas Gordon Reviewer: Iain Sykes Scared of the dark? Scared of the wolves? Want to face your fears? Then, on the face of things, Neck of the Woods, premiering at Manchester International Festival may be for you. With concept and direction from Turner Prize winning artist Douglas Gordon, the audience find themselves plunged into total ...

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MANC MINI: Crimes Against Humanity

How would you describe your show in one sentence? A showcase of some of the best up-and-coming comedians performing Crimes Against Hilarity in the North West today. Is this your first visit to the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival, if so what interesting tales have you been told about what to expect? This is our first Greater Manchester Fringe Festival. It's ...

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Manchester International Festival: The Immortal – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Music: Mark Simpson, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Librettist: Melanie Challenger Conductor: Juanjo Mena Reviewer: Jo Beggs Tonight is all about death, and our attempts to cheat it. Mozart, aged 35, was railing against it (and lost) even as he was composing his great Requiem in D minor, which opens tonight’s Manchester International Festival programme at the Bridgewater Hall. Whether or not ...

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Manchester International Festival: The Skriker- Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Caryl Churchill Music: Nico Muhly &Antony Hegarty Director: Sarah Frankcom Reviewer: Matt Forrest The Manchester International Festival is in full swing. The city a-buzz, full of live performances designed to blow your mind, and with so much going on, all aided and abetted by the glorious sunshine, Manchester is the place to be. However, Caryl Churchill's The Skriker is ...

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Manchester International Festival: wonder.land – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Music: Damon Albarn Book &Lyrics: Moira Buffini Director: Rufus Norris Reviewer: Iain Sykes wonder.land, a new musical take on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale with music by Damon Albarn, launches the 2015 Manchester International Festival at the Palace Theatre. As he did with 2011’s MIF offering, Dr Dee, Albarn teams up with director Rufus Norris with this time Moira Buffini providing ...

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Dreamers – Oldham Coliseum

Music: Carol Donaldson Book: Cathy Crabb and Lindsay Williams Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Ruth Gerrard Dreamers is most definitely a trip down memory lane. As the 1990s slip every increasingly in to the past, this show sets about reminding the audience of a time where nightclubbing was about cheap drinks, great music and living for the weekend. No mobile phones, ...

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