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Help – HOME, Manchester

Writer: Anoek Nuyens Director: Marjolein van Heemstra Reviewer: Jo Beggs Anoek Nuyens was very excited when her great-aunt handed on to her the charity she’d been running for half a century. Anoek saw the opportunity to change lives in some of the most poverty-stricken and war-torn parts of Africa, she was keen to do good, to make a real difference. ...

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If These Spasms Could Speak – Home, Manchester

Writer and performer: Robert Softley Reviewer: Richard Hall Robert Softly is one of the many ground-breaking disabled artists that have been invited to perform at this year’s impressive Sick! Festival. In this engaging and warm-hearted show, Robert, recounts with candour and humour a collection of funny, sad and touching stories about his and other people’s disability. Robert was born with ...

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To Belong – The Lowry, Salford

Choreographer: Koen De Preter Reviewer: Jo Beggs Theater Stap is a Belgian theatre company that puts people with a learning disability at the core of their work. They bring their dance performance, To Belong, to the Lowry as part of the Sick! Festival.  The company make work that puts the performers’ authenticity first, increasing the visibility of disabled performers. They ...

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The Game – Contact, Manchester

Reviewer: Hannah Hiett Devised with women formerly and currently working in the sex industry, The Game explores the act of buying sex – the rules, the language and the power structures. The Game promises us ‘a real-life game, with levels and consequences.’ And, although some of the pageantry of a game show is here (the musical interludes, the faintly tyrannical ...

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Lolling and Rolling – HOME, Manchester

Reviewer: Andrea Allen Attempting a social, political and linguistic history of the Westernisation of South Korean culture is no mean feat, trying to communicate the entire thing in a second language that you’re not entirely confident in should make it impossible, not for Jaha Koo. Lolling and Rolling is a condensed, well-informed narrative revealed in part through the fictional story ...

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Sick Festival: Talking About You For Hours – The Lowry, Salford

Noah Voelker's performance art Talking About You For Hours

Reviewer: Matt Forrest The Sick Festival is up and running in Manchester once again: a celebration of life, death and the struggles and challenges we all face in our day-to-day lives. The programme presents a wide range of artists, speakers and shows with a truly international flavour, as there are close ties to the Dutch Performing Arts team. There is ...

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Give Me Your Love – The Lowry, Salford

Writers: David Woods and Jon Haynes Directors: David Woods and Jon Haynes Reviewer: Jo Beggs Dr. Ben Sessa and his team in Bristol might be about to make a major breakthrough in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. And they need to. With a rising number of cases emerging, especially among military personnel who have fought in recent conflicts, ...

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