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The Boy With Tape on his Face – Contact, Manchester

Reviewer: Clare Boswell [rating:4] Nominated for the Best Newcomer award at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010 and heralded as Chortle’s breakthrough act in 2011, it was no surprise that Contact Theatre’s Space 1 was packed to the rafters on Tuesday evening, awaiting the arrival of ‘The Boy With Tape on His Face’. Likeable local Lancashire lass Kate Mulgrew got the ...

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WHAT’S HOT – 28th May 2012

Children find the magic of theatre fascinating; those early trips to live performance can instil a lifetime love of the art form. Up and down the country, that magic is being created for children of all ages, inspiring a new generation of theatre goers. Glen Pearce takes a look of some of the wonders awaiting the young, and the young ...

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Lady Windermere’s Fan – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director: Greg Hersov Reviewer: Iain Sykes [rating:3.5]   Lady Windermere’s Fan, Oscar Wilde’s study of misunderstanding and morality in Victorian society, is a play containing some of his most well known one liners and brilliant wit. A play that demands strong performances to bring out all its intricacies. Does this production, directed by Greg Hersov succeed in ...

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WHAT’S HOT – 21st May 2012

Writers and directors will ultimately agree that at the heart of the human condition lies in our ability to hold relationships with each other (or not), whether that is a loving/romantic relationship, a paternal relationship, or our ability to destroy relationships. Our selection of productions this week all share that common theme. John Roberts guides you through the relationship minefields ...

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Slaughterhouse Comedy to Die For – Joshua Brooks, Manchester

Writer: James Jowett, Adam Davies Director: Peter Carruthers Reviewer: Laura Maley [rating:3.5]   Blackhand Productions’ Adam Davies and James Jowett present their first comedy sketch show, 'Slaughterhouse, Comedy to Die For' downstairs at Joshua Brooks, Manchester. After great success at the King’s Arms, Salford, with BoJazz Comedy Sketch Show, Davies and Jowett have developed a fast paced, anarchic and off-the-wall ...

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Street of Dreams – Manchester Arena, Manchester

Music &Lyrics: Trisha Ward Director: John Stephenson Reviewer: Paul Downham [rating: 4.0]   When you have an idea to turn ITV’s longest running soap opera into a hit musical where better place to have your world premiere than in one of Europe’s biggest indoor arenas? This is exactly what ITV Studios have done to great effect producing an audio visual ...

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The Pirate Project – The Studio, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writers: Chloé Déchery, Lucinka Eisler and Simone Kenyon Director: Lucy Foster Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [rating:2] There are lots of theories on how women can escape a male-centric society and gain completely equal rights, but I’m not sure taking inspiration from female pirates is something I can get on board with. But this is basically the premise of The Pirate Project. ...

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Vampirette – The Opera House, Manchester

Written: Jonathan Choat Director: Ed Curtis Reviewer: Paul Downham [rating: 3.5]   The World Premiere of Vampirette is the latest offering from ATG’s ‘Manchester Gets it First’ initiative of bringing the best new productions to the Manchester stage before anywhere else in the UK. Not being the world’s most enthusiastic person when it comes to the genre of jukebox musicals, ...

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