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Britannia Waves the Rules – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Gareth Farr Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: May Mellstrom In the programme notes for his debut play, Britannia Waves the Rules, playwright Gareth Farr recalls an early meeting in which he was told to ‘put this play in a drawer and forget about it’. Thankfully others disagreed; with Farr awarded the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting in 2011 and The Royal ...

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The Last Days of Troy – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Simon Armitage Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The Royal Exchange has high hopes for The Last Days of Troy. Simon Armitage’s re-telling of the Trojan War legend transfers to The Globe in London after its Manchester run. The production features a large cast supplemented by local volunteers who swell battle scenes and achieve rapid changes. Armitage, and director ...

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Neighbors – HighTide Festival, Halesworth

Writer: Branden Jacobs –Jenkins Director: Steven Atkinson Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:5]   ‘You can choose your friends, not your family’ the saying goes. The same could be said about your neighbours. The eponymous TV series goes one step further claiming they can become ‘good friends’ – what though if your new neighbours force you to face your deepest beliefs and ...

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