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Man to Man – Wilton’s Music Hall, London

Writer: Manfred Karge Translation: Alexandra Wood Directors: Bruce Guthrie and Scott Graham Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Manfred Karge’s one-act, one-woman play depicts the tale of a woman in working class 1930s Germany who, after the death of her husband from cancer, assumes his identity in order to retain the income from his job. Initially thought of as an urban legend, the ...

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Whalebone – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

one woman two men leaning on each other

Writer: Devised by the company Reviewer: Chloe St George Though this might be your first mute-man-in-a-corset-with-a-compact-umbrella of the Fringe so far, his awkward fumblings, trying to please and wondering how to hold himself, are instantly familiar. This is where Whalebone excels: presenting recognisable situations in an original format. As far as originality goes, the words 'narrated by a talking vagina' ...

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Jasmin Vardimon Company: Pinocchio – The Lowry, Salford

Pinocchio runs among dancers dressed as Donkeys

Artistic Director and Choreographer: Jasmin Vardimon Reviewer: Peter Jacobs For Jasmin Vardimon – one of the UK’s most original and creative dance theatre-makers – the decision to tackle a classic or children’s story as her next project - to create an adaptation of Pinocchio - may seem odd at first. But her style of cleverly articulated physical theatre, big characterisation, ...

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Stepmother/Stepfather – The Lowry, Salford

Choreographer/Director: Arthur Pita Reviewer: Andrea Allen Like your fairytales with a nice ending? Arthur Pita and HeadSpaceDance folklore inspired double-bill Stepmother / Stepfather is as far from all smiles as it gets. If you’re expecting a comforting, feel-good evening with a few pliés and twirls, you’d best leave now. Inspired by Country Death Song, a song by folk punk band ...

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Manipulate Festival: On The Road – Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol

Writers and Directors: Tiffany Soirat and Olivia Faye Lathuillier Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts One of Edinburgh’s many festivals, Manipulate is based at the iconic Traverse Theatre and showcases the very best of international visual performance. 2017 sees Manipulate hit the road for the first time to promote its internationally acclaimed program around the United Kingdom. Its double-bill of highly visual solo ...

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Mina– Home, Manchester

Creator: Natalie Lebouleux Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin  Mina is a theatrical piece exploring and exposing the use of conversion therapy to ‘cure’ same-sex attraction. It is a theatrical retelling of Natalie Leboulex’s award-nominated short film Paper Thin and blends live performance with stop-motion animation film projected around the stage. Paper lanterns guide the audience, one at a time, down the corridor and ...

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Betty– Home, Manchester

Creator: Louise-Clare Henry Director: Martha Simon Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin This one-woman show from Fly in Your Soup Theatre explores the fractured memories and life of Betty, the creator’s great-grandmother, through puppetry, mime, gesture and mask work. Louise-Clare Henry makes clear transitions between each stage of Betty’s life using the recurring prop of Betty’s glasses to move smoothly from the mask ...

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Tmesis Theatre: Happy Hour – The Lowry, Salford

Text: Chris Fittock Director: Elinor Randle Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Tmesis Theatre is one of the UK’s most innovative physical theatre companies. The company was founded in 2003 by Kate Cave, Yorgos Karamalegos and Elinor Randle; it was run by Karamalegos and Randle from 2005-2010, when Karamalegos relocated to London. The company is now led by Artistic Director, Elinor Randle. The ...

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