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Shakers – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Writer: John Godber and Jane Thornton Director: Megan Griffith Reviewer: Harriet Mallion John Godber’s 1985 play Shakers has often been described as a seminal piece, perfectly adaptable, and a popular choice for female audition pieces throughout the 80s and 90s. Celebrated for exploring challenges faced by women from all walks of life, Shakers does not shy away from difficult themes ...

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The Trial – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Franz Kafka Adaptor: Evelyn Roberts and Matt Holt Director: Craig Sanders Reviewer: Donna Kelly Considering Franz Kafka wrote The Trial more than half a century ago, its uncanny prediction, both in subject matter and form, is eerily disturbing. In today’s world of mass surveillance and Islamic State brutality, this timeless tale of ordinary terror is as relevant today as ...

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The Chamber of Beheaded Queens – Chapter One Books, Manchester

Writer: KT Parker Director: Kate O’Leary Reviewer: Jo Beggs In one of many windowless rooms in an alternative afterlife, four beheaded queens are thrown together. Their one thing in common? Their gruesome and untimely demise. Anne Boleyn (Christine Corser) sits and sews..and..sews..and sews, while Mary Stewart (Ashleigh Barton) fritters away their ‘tokens’ trying to relive memories of the past. They’ve ...

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King Lear – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

PurpleCoat Productions' King Lear

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Karl Falconer Reviewer: Jim Gillespie PurpleCoat Productions bring their King Lear tour of Ireland and the UK to a finale at Pollard Street’s Hope Mill Theatre as part of the Greater Manchester Fringe. The bijou venue provides an intimate setting for Shakespeare’s bleakest major tragedy, and the play itself is trimmed accordingly, but almost all elements ...

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Beyond Caring – Home, Manchester

Writer: Alexander Zeldin and the company Director: Alexander Zeldin Reviewer: Richard Hall Alexander Zeldin, after hours of investigation and first-hand experience has along with the company created Beyond Caring - A penetrating exposure of the invisible and at times downright unpleasant world of zero hours contracts. In researching the play Zeldin and his cast worked as cleaners and the characters ...

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Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show

Devised and performed by John Hewer Reviewer: Richard Hall Still remembered affectionately by many as a bumbling, feckless, fez wearing comedian, (who famously died on stage during the middle of his act on live television), Tommy Cooper was a rare breed of comedian, a true comic genius, whose influence on generations of comedians can still be seen today. A genuinely ...

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Now Listen To Me Very Carefully – Home, Manchester

Writer: Andy Roberts Divisors: Andy Roberts &James Baker Reviewer: Matt Forrest “I’ll be back”: probably the most famous of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s lines. It was first uttered in The Terminator and said by the big man in no less than 14 of his films. It’s up there with the line “Screw you!” from Total Recall as the most 'classic' Arnie line. ...

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The Mighty Walzer – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

The Mighty Walzer at The Royal Exchange Theatre

Writer: Howard Jacobson Adaptor: Simon Bent Director: Jonathan Humphreys Reviewer: Iain Sykes The Mighty Walzer, Howard Jacobson’s 1999 novel about a Jewish boy growing up in a North Manchester world of lust and table tennis, is finally brought to the stage for its world premiere in Simon Bent’s adaptation at the Royal Exchange. Living with his flamboyant big dreaming but ...

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