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The Room At The Top Of The House – HOME, Manchester

Director: Michael Woodhall and Alice Dale Reviewer: Jo Beggs Lincoln-based theatre company Stand By bring their 2017 Edinburgh Fringe show to Manchester as part of HOME’s Incoming Festival, a programme of work by emerging theatre companies from across the UK. The Room At The Top Of The House is a short piece of physical theatre that explores how a family ...

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Queens of the Coal Age – Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Maxine Peake Director: Bryony Shanahan Reviewer: Andrea Allen Queens of the Coal Age tells the remarkable tale of four women who responded to the threat of their local pit closure and therefore their local community, by going down the pit and occupying it. It’s 1993, and this is a true story. Anne, Lesley, Dot and Elaine aren’t to be messed ...

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This Is Where We Are (Not Where We Always Have To Be) – Home, Manchester

Writer: Rebekah Harrison Director: Esther Dix Reviewer: Sam Lowe This Is Where We Are (Not Where We Always Have To Be)was written in the timeframe, before the Manchester Arena Attack and the immediate aftermath. It is a hypothetical play, more like a presentation of facts by two actors: Nadia Emam and Darren Jeffries. The story takes place in Piccadilly Gardens. ...

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The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Kayleigh Hawkins Reviewer: Matthew Forrest It is 24 years since my first introduction to the works of William Shakespeare; ironically enough it was this very play that first brought me to ‘The Bard’. It was an especially malevolent English teacher that forced me to read the part of Romeo during the balcony scene:  a quite unremarkable ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong – The Opera House, Manchester

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Director: Nick Bell Reviewer: Jay Nuttall   Mischief Theatre Company’s success has been something of a phenomenon over the last few years. The Play That Goes Wrong was the original creation that has become something of a franchise. Its huge success has spawned Peter Pan Goes Wrong as well as A Comedy About ...

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David Walliams’ Awful Auntie – Opera House, Manchester

Writer: David Walliams Adaptor/Director: Neal Foster Reviewer: Sam Lowe David Walliams has become an established writer of children's literature; he has written 14 books. Global sales of his books exceed over 20 million copies. Prior to this performance, Walliams' book Gangsta Granny was adapted for the stage by Birmingham Stage Company. Now it's time for Awful Auntie to be theatricalised. ...

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