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Raz – Lowry, Salford

Writer: Jim Cartwright Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer: Jo Beggs Shane lives for the weekend, for the moment when he puts on his pristine new shirt at the end of a week in filthy overalls. Too old to be living at home, to be told by his mum not to go out drinking on an empty stomach, Shane’s ready for a ...

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Two – Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham

Greg Yates and Dawn Butler in Two

Writer: Jim Cartwright Director: Tim Jones Reviewer: Selwyn Knight   It’s a typical night in the pub. The landlord and his wife are efficient and welcoming, engaging the customers in banter as they drink. There’s ebb and flow as busy periods at the bar give way to lulls. And there is the miscellany of customers, each with their own story ...

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Two 2 – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Katy Cavanagh and Colin Connor in Two 2

Writer: Jim Cartwright Director: David Thacker Reviewer: Malcolm Wallace   Following on from the conclusion of the Octagon’s brilliant revival of Jim Cartwright’s classic play Two, the theatre now presents the world premiere of the sequel, Two 2. Set several years after the conclusion of Two, the play rejoins the Landlady and Landlord at another time of crisis for their ...

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Two – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Production Image of Two at Bolton's Octagon Theatre

Writer: Jim Cartwright Director: David Thacker Reviewer: Malcolm Wallace Prolific playwright Jim Cartwright premiered Two in 1989 in this very theatre and the play has since become a favourite among regional and amateur companies. With this excellent revival co-produced with the University of Bolton, it is easy to see why. Set within a pub in northern England the play focuses ...

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Raz – Assembly George Square, Edinburgh

Writer: Jim Cartwright Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer: John Roberts Assembly and Riverside Studios have commissioned Jim Cartwright to produce a new play for this year's Edinburgh Fringe. The result is Raz, a 50 minute monologue looking at the weekend lifestyle of a modern thirty-something male and his friends during a typical night out in Manchester. Raz is nothing groundbreaking, it's ...

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The Rise and Fall of Little Voice – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Jim Cartwright Director: James Brining Musical Director &Composer: David Shrubsole Reviewer: Janet Jepson It has become something of a cliché to say that a production is a “gritty Northern story set in working-class Britain”, but there is no other way to give an overview of The rise and Fall of Little Voice currently playing at West Yorkshire Playhouse in ...

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The Rise and Fall of Little Voice – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Jim Cartwright Director: James Brining Reviewer: James Garrington   Ask the general public to name a great British playwright, and very few would mention Jim Cartwright: yet his writing is as sharp and hard-hitting as any. When it was first produced in 1992, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice was very much a play of its period; the ...

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The Rise & Fall of Little Voice – The Kings Arms Theatre, Salford

Writer: Jim Cartwright Director: James Baker Reviewer: Stephen M Hornby The Rise &Fall of Little Voice was originally written and produced in 1992 and though there have been several revivals since, including a phenomenally successful one at the Octagon Bolton in 2012, the play is not an easy one. It depends, of course, on fine lead performances, but it also ...

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