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The Cell, 24:7 Festival – Three Minute Theatre,Manchester

Writer: Michael Crowley Director: Ron Meadows Reviewer: Nathan Shreeve [rating:4]   Set in the cell of prisoner Kelly, The Cell, by Michael Crowley, is the gripping portrayal of a relationship between a habitual criminal and his long-term liaison officer. Crowley is clearly a writer of immense skill, particularly with dialogue, resulting in a play which is a joy to watch, ...

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Loaded: 24:7 Festival – New Century House, Manchester

Writer: Jo Kirtley Pritchard Director: Martin Jameson Reviewer: Jo Beggs [rating:3]   We’re in traditional fringe theatre territory here. Loaded is the story of the chaotic life of teen tearaway Chantelle, her abusive step-father, alcoholic mother and gangster boyfriend. Loaded is full of sex, violence, and swearing. It’s even set close to home, in West Gorton, as if to give ...

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Greater Manchester Fringe: Staffroom – The King’s Arms, Salford

Writer &Director: Rachel Creeger Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [rating:2.5] The concept of Staffroom is exactly as the title would suggest. Based in, you’ve guessed it, a staffroom in Parkview Behaviour Support Unit, a school for troubled youths. It follows seven staff members through the trials and tribulations of the academic year, giving an insight into both their working and personal lives. ...

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WHAT’S HOT – 16th July 2012

traditionally the next few weeks in theatre land become a bit barren, with many theatre spaces dark while technical maintenance takes place, however if you look carefully there are still many great shows playing across our many stages this week and our Executive Editor John Roberts picks five shows that you shouldn’t really miss. Mack &Mabel – Southwark Playhouse, London ...

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Greater Manchester Fringe: The House That Stank of Death – Satan’s Hollow, Manchester

Writer/Director: David Isaac and Peter Slater Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [rating:3.5] One of the many brilliant things about Fringe festivals is that some wonderful spaces are turned into theatre venues. Nightclub Satan’s Hollow is certainly dramatic enough to fit the bill; with faces coming out of the walls and other terrifying surprises. This is a highly appropriate venue for horror-comedy, ‘The ...

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Greater Manchester Fringe: Kevin Dewsbury: In…Sane – The King’s Arms, Salford

Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [rating:3] Nervous breakdowns aren’t exactly considered ripe comic material, but that is exactly what Kevin Dewsbury’s show focusses on. In a deeply raw and confessional show, Dewsbury shares with us the intimate details of his breakdown, and the effect it had on his loved ones. Dewsbury does not open strongly, with a lengthy offstage introduction from Dewsbury ...

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