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MIF 2017: Returning to Reims – HOME, Manchester 

Writer: Didier Eribon adapted by The Schaubühne Adaptor: The Schaubühne Director:  Thomas Ostermeier Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Returning to Reims puts the International in the Manchester International Festival. The play is adapted from a best-selling French memoir, The Schaubühne Theatre Company is German and the main actor has featured in a US thriller TV series. European theatres enjoy greater subsidy than ...

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MIF 2017: Fatherland – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester 

Men with arms in the air

Writer: Scott Graham, Karl Hyde, Simon Stephens Music: Karl Hyde Director: Scott Graham Reviewer: Jo Beggs Scott Graham, Karl Hyde and Simon Stephens all went home. Back to their scattered hometowns, those places long left behind but which had shaped their childhoods and their lives. In Corby, Kidderminster, and Stockport they interviewed men about their fathers and their sons. Some ...

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The Hound of the Baskervilles – Great Northern Warehouse, Manchester

Writer: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Adaptor/Director: Thomas Moore Reviewer: Donna Kelly When Northern Rep launched late last year, the new theatre co-operative promised to deliver shows that are innovative, affordable and unpredictable… and their barking spoof of The Hound of the Baskervilles is certainly that. Based loosely on classic mystery by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles ...

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Declaration – The Lowry, Salford

Publicity Image for Art witH Heart's Declaration

Writer/Director: Sarah Emmott and Rachel Moorhouse. Reviewer: Sam Lowe. Informative, witty, and honest are some of the labels which can be placed onto Declaration. This is not the first show to explore themes of mental health and what impact a label has on a person. Nevertheless, the performance is a unique and detailed exploration of these subjects. This is an autobiographical performance ...

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Trainspotting Live – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Irvine Welsh Adaptor: Harry Gibson Director: Adam Spreadsbury-Maher and Greg Esplin Reviewer: Andrea Allen Calling all future audiences of Trainspotting Live, heed this advice, when walking into the theatre sit well clear of the “worst toilet in Scotland”. In Your Face Theatre are combusting across the UK with this loud, visceral, gloriously intrusive and gut-wrenchingly gross production. You’re going ...

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Rose – Home Theatre, Manchester.

Janet Suzman as Rose sits on a white stool

Writer: Martin Sherman. Director: Richard Beecham. Reviewer: Sam Lowe. Martin Sherman's play first premiered at the National Theatre in 1999, and today it is still relevant and poignant. Rose is a one person show about an eighty-year-old woman called Rose who lives in Miami, Florida. Rose takes the audience on a journey through her long life, this is an epic ...

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Persuasion – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Jane Austin Adaptor: Jeff James with James Yeatman Director: Jeff James Reviewer: Jo Beggs Now here’s a winning formula. Take a two-hundred-year-old classic of English literature, play it on a minimal set and give it a nineties club vibe, while remaining astonishingly true to the original. Sounds impossible, but Jeff James has managed to pull it off with huge ...

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The Buddy Holly Story – The Palace Theatre, Mancheste

Glen Joseph as buddy holly

Writer: Alan Janes Director: Matt Salisbury Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen “It’s not that I want to be rich. I just want the world to remember the name Buddy Holly”. Little did a passionate and determined teenage Buddy Holly know quite how much his words and wishes would come true, his music inspiring renowned artists such as The Beatles, Eric Clapton and ...

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