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Man on the Moon – Contact, Manchester

Writer: Keisha Thompson Director: Benji Reid Reviewer: Lizz Clark Keisha Thompson is an astonishing writer and performer. It's not so much the poetic phrases and star-gazing metaphors that pepper her solo piece, Man on the Moon – though these are plentiful. It's the delicate way that she handles big issues like mental health, family, and black identity so that these broad ...

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Pulse Festival: The Spalding Suite – Dance East, Ipswich

Writer: Inua Ellams Director: Benji Reid Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Theatre, dance, poetry, beatboxing and basketball may seem an unlikely marriage, but in Inua Ellams’ The Spalding Suite the elements combine beautifully to create a striking piece of theatre. Basketball may not get the same media attention as say football, a fact that one of the player’s mother in this ...

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The Spalding Suite – Contact, Manchester

Writer: Inua Ellams Music: Eric Lau and MC Zani Director: Benji Reid Reviewer: Lauren Maughan   From the first bounce of the ball, The Spalding Suite doesn't disappoint. The story follows the highs and lows of five youngsters as they strive to play the sport they love against the odds. From the offset, the audience is captured by hip hop ...

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Hoax: My Lonely Heart – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Ravi Thornton Director: Benji Reid Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Hoax: My Lonely Heart is a cross-media project comprising of a dark new musical and accompanied by a graphic novel which continues from where the musical ends. The writer Ravi Thornton tells the story of her brother Rob and his battle with schizophrenia, using Rob’s own words and the imagery of ...

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