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Live Before You Die – The Lowry, Salford

Writers: Byron Vincent and Dave McGinn Reviewer: Jo Beggs Dave is making the most of every day he gets to spend with his best mate Byron, because Byron is bi-polar and suicidal, and every day could be his last. Dave is on a mission to make Byron happier – and also to make a brilliant documentary, because he’s always wanted ...

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The Three Musketeers – Williamson Park, Lancaster

Writer: Hattie Naylor Director: Sarah Punshon Reviewer: May Mellstrom The sun will certainly be shining on Williamson Park this summer; not only is it the perfect place to enjoy the rare heatwave but The Dukes' production of The Three Musketeers burns almost as brightly in what must surely be their most joyful park show yet.   Playwright Hattie Naylor adapts ...

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Mamma Mia! The Palace Theatre – Manchester

Book: Catherine Johnson Music and Lyric by: Benny Andersson and Björn Ulveus Additional songs by: Stig Anderson Director: Phyllida Lloyd Reviwer: Matthew Forrest There seems to be a buzz in the air at the Palace Theatre tonight:  maybe it's the gorgeous sunshine, maybe it's the fact England are doing so well in the World Cup or maybe it's because Mamma ...

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The Search For The Black-Browed Albatross – HOME, Manchester

Writer: Samantha Miles Director: Simon Panayi Reviewer: Jo Beggs Charlie’s only twenty when her Dad dies. She hasn’t seen him for the past couple of years. Life has just been too busy. In her Dad’s old things she finds the ‘life list’ of birds that he set out to spot, all done apart from one – the rarest – at ...

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The Room At The Top Of The House – HOME, Manchester

Director: Michael Woodhall and Alice Dale Reviewer: Jo Beggs Lincoln-based theatre company Stand By bring their 2017 Edinburgh Fringe show to Manchester as part of HOME’s Incoming Festival, a programme of work by emerging theatre companies from across the UK. The Room At The Top Of The House is a short piece of physical theatre that explores how a family ...

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Home I’m Darling – Theatr Clwyd, Mold

Writer: Laura Wade Director: Tamara Harvey Reviewer: Clare Howdon The eagerly awaited Home I’m Darling is a collaboration between three female powerhouses of British Theatre; Laura Wade, Tamara Harvey and Katherine Parkinson and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. Wade’s play centres around married couple Judy and Johnny and their decision to live their lives as a 1950’s couple. Judy gives up her job ...

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Bread & Roses – Oldham Coliseum

Writer: Ian Kershaw Director: Amanda Huxtable Reviewer: May Mellstrom Asked to write a 'state of the nation play' for Oldham Coliseum, playwright Ian Kershaw has chosen to look to the past in order to comment on the present.  Not the recent past, nor the local, instead, telling the story of the so-called 'Bread & Roses Strike' of 1912 in Lawrence, ...

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Queens of the Coal Age – Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Maxine Peake Director: Bryony Shanahan Reviewer: Andrea Allen Queens of the Coal Age tells the remarkable tale of four women who responded to the threat of their local pit closure and therefore their local community, by going down the pit and occupying it. It’s 1993, and this is a true story. Anne, Lesley, Dot and Elaine aren’t to be messed ...

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