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Madness Sweet Madness: 24:7 Theatre Festival – Cosmo Concert Hall, Manchester

Writer: Georgina Tremayne Director: Phil Bartlett Reviewer: Dave Cunningham At the rear of the stage a shed-like structure glows mysteriously. It may represent the nature of mental illness: lurking ominously in the background and threatening to return. Or perhaps it is the place of refuge that a character is offered at one point. Certainly it is like much of Madness ...

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The Plant: 24:7 Theatre Festival – Cosmo Concert Hall, Manchester

Writer: James Kerr Director: Jocelyn Cox Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Okay: here’s a story for you. There are these two guys and, as they are tattooed with a numerical code and wearing tags, we infer they are in an institution. They are a classic mismatched couple: Leon (Alex Phelps) is intellectually arrogant and has scant regard for the more plebian Keith ...

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We are The Multitude: 24/7 Theatre Festival – John Thaw Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Laura Harper Director: Liz Stephenson Reviewer: Dave Cunningham There is a genuine ‘ Stone me! – Didn’t see that coming!’ moment in We are The Multitude as the desperate situation in which the characters find themselves is revealed. That aside it has to be said Laura Harper’s play offers few surprises. But then Harper isn’t setting out to devise ...

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PREVIEW: 24:7 Theatre Festival Preview

Reporter: Matthew Forrest Most Mancunians will proudly tell you that the city of Manchester is the centre of the universe. With so much going on in the city throughout out the month of July you’d be forgiven for believing it. There is of course the Manchester International Festival, that will dominate most media output, and then there is the Greater ...

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In My Bed – 24:7 Theatre Festival, Manchester

Writer: Rebekah Harrison Director: Matt Hassall Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Sarah (Olivia Sweeney) develops a one-sided obsessive relationship with the emotionally remote Danny (Kurt Nekko) that begins to affect the formerly warm friendship between Sarah and roommate Rose (Amy Drake). The fractured structure of Rebakah Harrison’s script for In My Bed perfectly reflects the disjointed lives of the characters who constantly ...

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Three Women – 24:7 Theatre Festival, Manchester

Writer: Mari Lloyd Director: Peter Mitchelson Reviewer: Dave Cunningham A concealed pregnancy is a mental condition in which a woman is convinced, despite all physical evidence to the contrary, that she is not pregnant. Teenager Ellie (Lily Shepherd) is recovering from such a pregnancy and a subsequent miscarriage and her reaction affects her relationship with her mother Lorraine (Jackie Jones) ...

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Night on the Field of Waterloo – 24:7 Theatre Festival, Manchester

Writer: Thomas Bloor Director: Barry Evans Reviewer: Dave Cunningham [Rating:4] Historical dramas are notoriously hard to stage. Precise use of period dialogue can be a barrier to communication with contemporary audiences but purists are offended if too many liberties are taken. Writer Thomas Bloor takes the point of view that if the story is strong enough the occasional slip will ...

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