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Double Bill: Contractions and North of Providence – 53Two, Manchester

Writer: Mike Bartlett and Edward Allan Baker Director: Sam Redway and Daniel Bradford Reviewer: Jo Beggs As part of the Greater Manchester Fringe, Play With Fire Productions present two short plays in the cosy 53Two Pod, tucked away – like all good fringe spaces should be – under a railway arch. It’s a great space that feels like a place ...

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Tea with Miss Horniman – The Lowry, Salford

Director: David Johnson Reviewer: Dave Cunningham In 1907 Alice Horniman used her substantial inheritance to establish the first English Repertory Theatre: The Gaiety in Manchester. Her influence extended beyond the local area as her theatre staged plays with strong regional and social relevance that became known as ‘The Manchester School of Drama’. Tea with Miss Horniman, devised and directed by ...

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Before Juliet – 3MT, Manchester

Writers: John Topliff and Hannah Ellis Directors: Gina T Frost and Matt Cawson Reviewer: Stephen M Hornby Before Juliet is an interesting premise, building a story around Rosaline, the lover that Romeo is infatuated with in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and then bleeding her into the story of the world’s most famous tragic lovers. The resulting play, however, is ...

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