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RIFT’s Macbeth – Balfron Tower, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Devised scene: Gruff Theatre Director: Felix Mortimer Reviewer: Annegret Märten Welcome to Borduria, the country inhabiting all fictional characters. Goldilocks lives in Northern Borduria but the portal in a basement of the brutalist Balfron tower leads straight to the grim South where the unscrupulous and scheming Macbeths reside. Alongside the fictional characters live the Bordurian citizens who ...

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Breakout – Brazennose House, Manchester

Reviewer: Craig Hepworth Breakout is a new game/experience now running in Manchester. With versions already playing in Europe and in London to great success this perfect night out now arrives in the city and hopefully will enjoy the same success here. The concept is relatively simple, think the games in films like saw (minus the decapitations of course). A group ...

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The Kindness of Strangers – TR2, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writers: Jack Lowe &Russell Woodhead Director: Jack Lowe Reviewer: Joan Phillips Intelligently written by Jack Lowe and Russell Woodhead of curious directive theatre company, The Kindness of Strangers offers an insight into the pressures on today’s NHS through the eyes of two paramedics. Newly qualified Lisa is partnered with old-hand Sylvia on her very last day in the job on ...

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Derren Brown: Infamous – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Derren Brown Director: Andy Nyman Reviewer: John Roberts Infamous takes everything we have come to admire and know Derren Brown for – large scale tricks and sideshow showmanship and strip it right back, including his trademark Goatee. However that isn’t to say the show isn’t a dazzling feat of ingenuity, memory, dexterity and suggestion, because it is. Infamous may ...

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Angel Meadow – HOME, Manchester

Director: Louise Lowe Choreography: Emma O’Kane Reviewer: Jim Gillespie There is eager anticipation in the badge for this season’s productions from the itinerant former occupants of Manchester’s Library Theatre: HOME. Now freshly married to the Cornerhouse, HOME is creating the artistic steps to see them safely to their own new residence in Spring 2015. Under the wing of new Artistic ...

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Summer – Regent Trading Estate, Salford

Director: Richard Gregory Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin On a sunny evening in Salford, the sun rises on a blank warehouse space, and the bubbly song ‘Mr Blue Skies’ sings out. Summer is here. A show featuring a 30-plus strong cast of people from different walks of life, from toddlers to pensioners, performing tasks and letting us glimpse into their lives. They ...

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Knightmare Live – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs In 1987, a whole host of kids, growing up with Button Moon and Dangermouse, were surprised to find that they were the first of the computer generation. When CITV’s Knightmare hit screens that year, it’s use of live action, set in a virtual reality world, seemed impossibly futuristic. Throw in a medieval theme with the knights, dragons ...

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Secret Cinema 21 – Secret Location, London

Reviewer: Christopher Hong The film is secret, the location is secret until a few days before the performance and all the information the audience is given is the dress code, an identity and a few business cards to print out. This is the 21st outing of secret cinema and although their mantra is “tell no one”, it is evident that ...

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