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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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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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