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Lock & Key – The Vaults Festival, Waterloo

Book & Lyrics: A.C. Smith Music: Bella Barlow Director: Adam Lenson Reviewer: Sophia Moss How much would you sacrifice for success? Would you put up with a nightmare boss who constantly puts you down? Would you stay in the office until 10pm and miss your own birthday party?  How about cutting off your fingers or shredding your hand to show ...

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Frankenstein – The Space, London

Writer: Mary Shelly Adaptor: Isabel Dixon Director: Katherine Timms Reviewer: Sophia Moss It’s a dark, stormy night and Elizabeth Frankenstein (Danielle Winter) is chanting in Latin as she attempts to bring her creature, made from three dead bodies to life. It succeeds and the creature shrieks in agony, writhing around like something out of The Exorcist, but Elizabeth is terrified and ...

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Gundog – The Royal Court, London

Writer: Simon Longman Director: Vicky Featherstone Reviewer: Sophia Moss Gundog is a bleak, emotionally exhausting tale of poverty, loss and loneliness set in the deafening silence of a decrepit farm in the middle of nowhere. Dealing with heavy themes like dementia, suicide, poverty and the discrepancies between rural and urban life, Gundog will change your perception of the countryside forever. ...

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Herding Cats – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Lucinda Coxon Director: Lawrence Evans Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen Behind the laughs of the intimate audience at Play With Fire Productions’ latest performance comes a real sense of melancholy and unease. Herding Cats, by Lucinda Coxon, tells the stories of a trio of characters, all crippled by the loneliness of life, but each armed with their own facades and coping ...

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Mina– Home, Manchester

Creator: Natalie Lebouleux Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin  Mina is a theatrical piece exploring and exposing the use of conversion therapy to ‘cure’ same-sex attraction. It is a theatrical retelling of Natalie Leboulex’s award-nominated short film Paper Thin and blends live performance with stop-motion animation film projected around the stage. Paper lanterns guide the audience, one at a time, down the corridor and ...

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Betty– Home, Manchester

Creator: Louise-Clare Henry Director: Martha Simon Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin This one-woman show from Fly in Your Soup Theatre explores the fractured memories and life of Betty, the creator’s great-grandmother, through puppetry, mime, gesture and mask work. Louise-Clare Henry makes clear transitions between each stage of Betty’s life using the recurring prop of Betty’s glasses to move smoothly from the mask ...

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Pen:Chant – Home, Manchester

Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Pen:Chant is a neo-variety night, an alt-cabaret, an indefinable shambolic mix of artforms in one evening. Pen:Chant occurs throughout the year in fringe venues across Manchester as a platform for known and unknown artists in various artforms; spoken word, poetry, live music, comedy and anything else that has slipped between the cracks. In a special PUSH 2017 ...

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I’m Standing Next To You – Home, Manchester

Director: Tom Hodson Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Having been plucked from the Manchester Fringe of 2016 and picked for the PUSH festival at Home. I’m Standing Next to You is highly topical, challenging why are we more disconnected from each other at a time when we are all constantly available via the internet/messaging/laptop/phones. The show is a promenade piece although actually, ...

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