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Cinderella: A Wicked Mother of a Night Out! – The Welcome Inn, Salford

Writer: Luke Barnes Director: Jimmy Fairhurst Reviewer: Matt Forrest With Panto’s a-plenty kicking around this time of year all jostling for your hard-earned cash it can all get a little repetitive: you sometimes need something little a different from the usual festive fare to get you into the Christmas spirit and production company Not Too Tame may have the solution. The touring ...

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Katie Johnstone – Orange Tree Theatre, London

Writer: Luke Barnes Director: Samson Hawkins Reviewer: Richard Maguire If only all new directors had the energetic vision of Samson Hawkins. He directs Luke Barnes’ new play, Katie Johnstone, as if it were an Olympic sport. His actors are athletes in this precise, tight production. And despite all the mess on stage, it’s as clean as a referee’s whistle.  Katie Johnstone is part of the Directors’ Festival running at the ...

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Who’s Afraid of the Working Class? – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Luke Barnes Director: Will Hammond Reviewer: Charlie Senate   Before the show begins, as the audience filters in, the cast meanders about the stage: vocalising, stretching, centering, shaking loose their bodies. It is a very Brechtian approach that will seep into the main action in the form of a building-block set and a handful of blatant character-to-audience addresses. But, ...

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Tuck Shop – The Lowry, Salford

Writers: Katherine Pearce, Nicola Schofield, Sam Freeman, Joe Ward Munrow, Christopher Owen, Andrew Maddock, Matthew Bulgo, Luke Barnes, Andrew Butler Directors: Andrew Butler, Jimmy Fairhurst, Louise Haggerty, David Mumeni Reviewer: Jo Beggs It’s hard to know quite what to expect from a show that bills itself as “a pick and mix of new work from some of Not Too Tame’s ...

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Weekend Rockstars – Underbelly, Edinburgh

Writer: Luke Barnes Music: James Frewer Director: Paul Smith Reviewer: John Roberts Hull based theatre company Middle Child have been working in conjunction with Hull Truck Theatre Company to start asking questions on how to bring new audiences to the theatre and with Weekend Rockstars they seriously start to answer that question in this rock gig/monologue/video late night hybrid. “Some ...

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Bottleneck – Underbelly Topside, Edinburgh

Writer: Luke Barnes Director: Steven Atkinson Reviewer: John Roberts You hardly have to go a day when the mention of one of footballs most prolific incidents doesn't appear in the news, The Hillsborough disaster is still very strong in people's minds and thoughts and the atrocities faced by those in the stadium will never be forgotten. Bottleneck by Luke Barnes ...

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The Saints – Nuffield Theatre, Southampton

Writer: Luke Barnes Director: Matthew Dunster Reviewer: Laurie Stras   Art at the Heart – Southampton’s summer festival of music, theatre, poetry, visual arts, and dance – is currently taking place at the Nuffield Playing Field, a pop-up venue in the city’s Guildhall Square. Designed by hip and happening Assemble Architects, who created London’s Cinerôleum and Chichester Festival’s Theatre on ...

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A Wondrous Place – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Alison Carr/Sarah McDonald-Hughes/Luke Barnes/Matt Hartley Director: Chris Meads Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin [Rating:3] A Wondrous Place is a production by a newly formed company Northern Spirit which has been formed by multidisciplinary artists, theatre makers, and writers from all across the North. Their aim is to dispel the stereotypes, the grim-up-north perceptions, and instead re-imagine and reintroduce their cities as ...

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