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SparkPlug – HOME, Manchester 

Writer: David Judge Director: Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder Reviewer: Dave Cunningham You have to pay attention during the opening monologue in David Judge’s autobiographical single-person play SparkPlug. Mishear and it may take some time to appreciate that, although Judge is describing his childhood, he is doing so by performing in the role of his adoptive father ; confusingly also named David Judge. ...

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The Things We Wouldn’t Otherwise Find – The Leeds Library

Writer: Emma Adams Director: Tess Seddon Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Leeds Playhouse’s Pop-Up season continues to see work being performed in new spaces across the city whilst the building undergoes a dramatic scheme of regeneration in the latest chapter for the theatre. This has opened the doors for other locations to act as host during this period, including The Leeds Library. ...

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Fatherland – Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, London

Co-author and writer: Simon Stephens Co-author and composer: Karl Hyde Co-author and director: Scott Graham Reviewer: Stephen Bates Masculism has perhaps become unfashionable at a time when, rightly, the movement for gender equality has gained urgent momentum. This new 90-minute piece, presented by Frantic Assembly as part of the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), brings the male of the ...

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The Kitchen Sink, the Coliseum Theatre, Oldham

Writer:  Tom Wells Director: Chris Lawson Reviewer: Richard Hall Following the success of his debut production, Jumpers for Goalposts, the Coliseum’s Associate Director, Chris Lawson, closes the theatre’s winter season with another of Tom Wells’ award-winning plays The Kitchen Sink. Winner of the Critics’ Circle Award for most promising playwright in 2011 and the George Devine Award in 2012, The ...

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The Caretaker – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: Harold Pinter Director: Christopher Haydon Designer: Oliver Townsend Reviewer: Leah Tozer Harold Pinter’s inspiration for his tragicomic play The Caretaker was seeing two men in the same room, acting separately and in isolation, ‘a moment frozen in time’. Director Christopher Haydon and designer Oliver Townsend’s set for Bristol Old Vic and Royal & Derngate, Northampton’s production, on display as the audience ...

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By Far the Greatest Team – The Lowry, Salford

Writers: Ian Kershaw, Lindsay Williams, Andrew Sheridan, Sarah McDonald Hughes Director: Martin Gibbons Reviewer: Matt Forrest The hallowed turf of Old Trafford is a mere five-minute walk from The Lowry, which is handy as it provides one of the locations for director Martin Gibbons’ latest play, By Far the Greatest Team, (in the interest of parity the Etihad Stadium is ...

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Scuttlers – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Rona Munro Director: Wils Wilson Reviewer: Hannah Hiett It’s 1885 and the streets of Manchester are crackling with energy, youth and violence in Rona Munro’s brand new play, Scuttlers. Following hot on the heels of The James Plays, which has taken the theatre world by storm, Munro has found her niche in creating historical works that speak across centuries. ...

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Scrappers – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Daniel Matthew Director: Matthew Xia Reviewer: Stephen M Hornby [Rating: 4.0] Scrappers is a charming tale of one man’s determination to fight the seemingly remorseless progress of a global economy. Ken is a humble and kind man who runs a scrap yard on the docks in Fleetwood after his first career as a fisherman came to an end following ...

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