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The Ugly Duckling – The Lowry, Salford.

Writer: Hans Christian Andersen Adaptors: Rafe Beckley, Jo Wickham and Nicky Diss Director: Nicky Diss Music and Composition: Jen Hazel Reviewer: Sam Lowe Thick as Thieves company and Red Table Theatre definitely understand how to devise theatre for children. The company has adapted four famous fables written by Hans Christian Anderson for the stage, The Emperor’s New Clothes, Thumbelina, The Nightingale, ...

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Zoe Lyons – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest Regardless of your political opinions, the general election has been and gone, and was at times an exhausting exercise in democracy, as certain aspects of the media slung hefty sized boulders of mud at our politicians. It made for grim reading really. What was needed was a huge dose of light relief and luckily enough, I was ...

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Plastic Figurines – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Ella Carmen Greenhill Director: Adam Quayle Reviewer: Vicki Goodwin Plastic Figurines is Ella Carmen Greenhill's compelling new play that takes a look into the often misunderstood world of autism. Drawing from her own experiences of growing up with an autistic brother, we are invited into an eye opening fictional world that highlights how the condition affects everyone within its ...

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Mass – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Writer and Performer: Amy Mason Director: Kirsty Housley Reviewer: Joan Phillips Amy Mason attempts a humorous reconstruction of what a mass could be like if you did away with the ritualised chanting, formalised responses and solemn music of the traditional Catholic mass. And comes up with some pretty good ideas. A self-declared lapsed Catholic, Mason recalls years in her childhood ...

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Falling in love with Frida – The Lowry, Salford

Writer/Director: Caroline Bowditch Director: Caroline Bowditch Reviewer: Jo Beggs Caroline Bowditch has fallen in love with Frida Kahlo. It’s something of an obsession. She’s read the biographies and scrutinised the paintings for the tiniest details. She’s created her own image of this iconic artist and has conjured up her spirit in this short, lyrical performance. But this show about Frida ...

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NEWS: Colchester Mercury Theatre undergoes £580,000 upgrade

Colchester’s Mercury Theatre has today announced plans for a £580,000 improvement to the Essex venue. It will be the largest investment in the venue since it opened in 1972. The work will see the theatre make major improvements to its studio space, a move that will see the capacity increased as well as upgrades to the air-conditioning and disabled access ...

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Gym Party – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Director &Writer: Christopher Brett Bailey, Jessica Latowicki and Ira Brand Reviewer: Stephen M Hornby The stage is blank other than for three neon signs which spell out ‘Chris’, ‘Jess’ and ‘Ira’ in bright neon colours that match the wigs each of the actors is wearing as they enter and explain the premise of the show. Dressed in an infant school ...

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Wendy Hoose – The Studio at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Johnny McKnight Directors: Johnny McKnight &Robert Softley Gale Reviewer: Edie Ranvier The Studio at the Festival Theatre is gaining a reputation for hosting gems. And Wendy Hoose the new one-act play from Random Accomplice and Birds of Paradise Theatre Company, is another diamond to add to their swag stock-take. Running at just over an hour, this exploration of what ...

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