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The Cherry Orchard – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Anton Chekov Translator and Adapter: Rory Mullarkey Director: Michael Boyd Reviewer: Jay Nutall Anton Chekov was, perhaps, the master of writing about the dysfunctional family and many theatre scholars believe that The Cherry Orchard, written in 1904, was his greatest play. This confident and assured production, co-produced with Bristol Old Vic and directed by the former artistic director of ...

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The Big Corner – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Bill Naughton Adaptor: Lawrence Till Director: Elizabeth Newman     Reviewer: Mel Duncan ‘You don’t get to choose the story you’re told ’ A landmark on the Bolton landscape, and a cultural gem the Octagon Theatre is proudly celebrating 50 years of theatre.  In a world where we are constantly finding arts and cultural endeavours pared down and marginalised, this is ...

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Show of Hands: Where Were Bound – The Lowry,Salford

Reviewer: Helen Jones Show of Hands were formed in 1986 when singer-songwriter Steve Knightley and composer and multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer got together to perform as a duo, having known each other since the late sixties being part of the same folk scene. Since then there have been multiple albums, tours a plenty and they are as popular today as they were ...

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Fake News – The Kings Arms, Salford

Writer/ Director: Craig Hepworth Reviewer: Matt Forrest Theatre Company Vertigo has been making waves for 10 years. Set up by partners Craig Hepworth and Karl Burge, the company has had a great deal of critical success with the award-winning Porno Chic and the award-nominated Black Ice.  For their next project,  they have decided to take a look at the world ...

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Ballet Lorent: Rumpelstiltskin- The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Carol Ann Duffy Director and choreographer: Liv Lorent   Composer : Murray Gold Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Carol Ann Duffy’s re-telling of the well-known fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin establishes the motivation of a character who, until now, has simply been a two-dimensional villain and skilfully moves the story away from revenge towards a theme of redemption. A King (John Kendall) slides into ...

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Natalie Inside Out – The Lowry, Salford 

Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Natalie Inside Out is a collaboration between hand-balancer Natalie Reckert and digital artist – and former circus artist – Mark Morreau. The show builds on the circus skills of Reckert and investigates and illuminates them using digital technologies, examining the relationship between the body as performance and reality, teasing at the seams where live acrobatics, film and digital ...

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – ChickenShed Theatre, London

Writer: Ken Kesey Director: Lou Stein Reviewer: Sophia Moss Sickly sweet southern-style music plays in the background as the audience sits in a full-quarter circle around a small, flat stage in North London.  The music stops and a tall, well-built man dressed in pink scrubs with long, scruff facial hair walks in. He peers up into a blue spotlight, his ...

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Humanhood: Zero – The Lowry, Salford

Artistic Direction: Rudi Cole & Julia Robert Original Music: Gyda Valtysdottir, Alex Forster, Azizi Cole, Xhosa Cole, Shahzad Ismaily Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Zerois the first full-length duet by Humanhood, a company founded in 2015 by dancer/Artistic Directors Rudi Cole and Julia Robert. A 15-minute extract won 1stprize at Madrid International Choreography Competition. The work now stands at around fifty minutes. ...

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