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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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Future Bodies- HOME, Manchester 

Writers: Clare Duffy and Abbi Greenland with Helen Goalen, Jon Spooner and Becky Wilkie Directors: Abbi Greenland and Helen Goalen Reviewer: Dave Cunningham According to the lyrics of a song in Future Bodies: ‘The future is coming -and it’s coming hard’; this is not a play where punches are pulled. Future Bodies compels the audience to consider complex intellectual and philosophical ...

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OthelloMacbeth – HOME, Manchester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Jude Christian Reviewer: Jo Beggs This co-production between Lyric Hammersmith and HOME could so easily be all concept and little content, given that it is pretty much what you might imagine from the title. Heavily abridged, the two plays are performed back to back with the same cast, drawing some neat parallels while retaining their individual ...

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INTERVIEW: Tafadzwa Muchenje on Where We Began

The UK’s first Theatre Company of Sanctuary, Stand and Be Counted, present Where We Began, a wild and vivid vision of the future that combines storytelling, movement and live music. Five performers from across the globe challenge existing notions of ‘home’ in a multilingual celebration of personal identity.  They consist of Shireen Farkhoy as The Transition Guide (Persian British Actor), ...

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Home, I’m Darling – National Theatre, London

Writer: Laura Wade Director: Tamara Harvey Reviewer: Maryam Philpott At a time when our national future has never been more uncertain, its unsurprising that we seek refuge in a more comforting vision of our past. So much of British identity is bound up with the romanticised history of the nation, its Kings and Queens, the Empire and military victories, but ...

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Boys – HOME, Manchester

Devised by The Pappy Show Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin What makes up a man; his heritage, his parents, his relationships, his strength, his heart, his abs, his endurance, his mind? Boys is a fun, cheeky, timely, physical, theatrical exploration of manhood performed by a talented cast of young men of colour. The show could be seen as a messy mix of ...

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Things We Chose to Save – HOME, Manchester

Devised by Clown Funeral Reviewer Katherine Kirwin Things We Chose to Save presents a near future in which we can record, store, replay and even sell memories at will. All of this is overseen by a magnanimous company who seek to change the world and prevent anything passing out of ‘living memory’ for the greater good of everyone’s collective memories. ...

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Left My Desk – HOME, Manchester

Reviewer:  Richard Hall Now in its fifth year, the Incoming Festival is visiting HOME as part of a celebration of the best of emerging theatre companies across the UK. Manchester has a long-established tradition of hosting festivals dedicated to new writing and emerging theatre and this festival has a dynamism and freshness about it that is perfectly suited to HOME ...

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