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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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Dick Tracy – Northcott, Exeter

Dick Tracy - Le Navet Bete

Director: John Nicholson  Designer: Phil Eddolls  Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts It's taken 10 years for Exeter-based company Le Navet Bete to get into the Northcott Theatre and, now that they are associate artists, it doesn’t look like they'll be leaving anytime soon. Their Northcott debut sees the resurrection of – for the very last time, their much-loved take on Dick Tracy. Known for ...

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Gecko: Institute – HOME, Manchester

Artistic Director: Amit Lahav Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Founded in 2001, Gecko is an award-winning physical theatre company led by Artistic Director Amit Lahav, who remains a compelling central devising performer within the company’s diverse range of work. Institute, their latest show, has been two years in the making and is a careful and detailed examination of the ways we care ...

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BABORÓ: Voyage – Town Hall Theatre, Galway

Writer: Kareen Pennefather Director: Kareen Pennefather Reviewer: Tricia O’Beirne The carpenter’s son is a curious chap and his idle hands find all sorts of mischief to get up to with his father’s tools. However the hardworking carpenter is not impressed and banishes the boy to the far corner of his workshop. Left to his own devices the boy discovers a ...

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Burning Doors – Soho Theatre, London

Writer &Director: Nicolai Khalezin Reviewer: Deborah Klayman A stark set, evocative images and an oppressive soundscape await the audience for Burning Doors – and that is merely the pre-set. Before the play-proper even begins, the auditorium is awash with claustrophobia and uncomfortable truth, with half the height of the set given over to projected imagery with sobering surtitles, and the ...

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