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Mother Courage and Her Children- The Royal Exchange, Manchester 

Writer: Bertolt Brecht  Composer: Jim Fortune Adptor/Director: Amy Hodge Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Many people argue Mother Courage and Her Children is the best play of the 20thCentury but that doesn’t mean it is easy to watch. Author Bertolt Brecht regarded theatre as a means by which he could communicate his political views and treated niceties like set design, characterisation and even ...

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SparkPlug – HOME, Manchester 

Writer: David Judge Director: Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder Reviewer: Dave Cunningham You have to pay attention during the opening monologue in David Judge’s autobiographical single-person play SparkPlug. Mishear and it may take some time to appreciate that, although Judge is describing his childhood, he is doing so by performing in the role of his adoptive father ; confusingly also named David Judge. ...

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The Animals and Children Took To The Streets – HOME, Manchester

Music: Lillian Henley Writer/Director: Suzanne Andrade Reviewer: Sam Lowe “Granny’s Gum Drop?” a mysterious woman asks walking around the auditorium handing out sweets to the audience. People are compelled to take them, even if they don’t end up eating them. This is no innocent gesture in kind as the sweets are for a political purpose. The performers tonight are: Felicity ...

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The House & 8055 – 53Two, Manchester.

Reviewer: Sam Lowe The lights come up on Switch Manchester. They are a young company of creatives made up of actors, writers, directors, designers, you name it… who present two plays tonight. Their intention is to foster the development of a variety of young talent (aged 17-29) which Manchester has to offer. What an amazing opportunity. An opening to create ...

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Annie – Opera House, Manchester

Book: Thomas Meehan Music: Charles Strouse Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen Direct from London’s West End, Annie- the much-loved tale of a red-headed orphan whose hard knock life is turned around in a twist of good fate - has officially opened as a touring production in Manchester. Set in the time of the Great Depression, this musical is anything ...

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Jersey Boys – Palace Theatre,Manchester

Music: Bob Gaudio Lyrics: Bob Crewe Book: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Director: Des McAnuff Reviewer: Helen Jones Jersey Boys tells the story of how the group The Four Seasons came to be, their success and eventual break-up of the founding members with Frankie Valli going on to front a band of new members. Starting in New Jersey where Tommy Devito, ...

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Saturday Night Fever – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Based on the Paramount / RSO film and the story by Nik Cohn Adaptor: Robert Stigwood with Bill Oakes Director: Bill Kenwright Reviewer: Tate James Saturday Night Fever should have the audience on its feet; and, though its Disco score imbibes memories of glitter balls and light up dances floors, this new production sadly fails to excite. Those familiar with the 1977 ...

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