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The Funeral Director – HOME, Manchester

Writer: Iman Qureshi Director: Hannah Hauer-King Reviewer: Jim Gillespie  The Funeral Director reaches the final stage of a month-long regional tour and plays to a packed auditorium at HOME’s Theatre 2. Iman Qureshi’s play has been garlanded with praise in its early incarnations, and arrives in Manchester with expectations high. Stated baldly, the premise for the drama could easily describe ...

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Scottee: Fat Blokes – Home, Manchester

Choreographer: Lea Anderson Director: Scottee Reviewer: Matt Forrest Scottee: Fat Blokes’ poster claims it’s a dance show of sorts, but in reality, it’s so much more than that: a rebellion, a call to arms, call it what you will, but certainly don’t call it ‘brave’. This is a cabaret show like no other: sure, there is dance, comedy, even a ...

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Kourtney Kardashian – Home, Manchester

Creators: Sleepwalk Collective Performers: Iara Solano Arana and Nhung Dang Lighting and music: Sammy Metcalfe It would be fair to say the what I know about opera and Kourtney Kardashian could be written on the back of a postage stamp. Lucky for me Kourtney Kardashian has very little to do with the socialite, businesswomen, and model (thanks Wikipedia), it is, however, ...

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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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Slapstick – HOME, Manchester

Director:  Stanley Burleson Reviewer: Jay Nuttall If a bit of silliness is what you need in your life then look no further than HOME’s Christmas offering, Slapstick. Madcap Dutch clown musical troupe will entertain the whole family with two hours of nonsense and buffoonery should you wish to do something alternative to the usual pantomime and Christmas shows. HOME continues ...

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The Maids – HOME, Manchester

Writer: Jean Genet Translation: Martin Crimp Director: Lily Sykes Reviewer: Dave Cunningham When HOME stages a play as ‘theatre in the round’ they really commit to the concept. The stage area for The Maids is built over the stalls lifting the performance space to the level of the dress circle. Patrons have, therefore, excellent sightlines and are in disturbing proximity to ...

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Hofesh Shechter Company: Show – HOME, Manchester

Music: Hofesh Shechter Choreographer: Hofesh Shechter Reviewer: Jo Beggs A line of dancers appear, backlit on a smoky stage. Their slow, deliberate and immaculately coordinated movement, with the backdrop thudding drumbeat, is both beautiful and unsettling. In the first of a three short acts (The Entrance), eight clowns create tightly synchronised movement, sharply composed tableaux and joyful prancing. Then things ...

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London Film Festival: Peterloo

Writer/Director: Mike Leigh Reviewer: Richard Hall On Monday, August 16th 1819 it is estimated that between sixty to eighty thousand people crammed into St. Peter Field in Manchester to attend a public meeting calling for parliamentary reform and the repeal of the oppressive Corn Laws. What happened on that fateful day when fifteen people were killed and over six hundred injured ...

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