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PREVIEW: 24:7 Theatre Festival – The Perfect 10

Reporter: Paul Downham After around 170 world premiers and 19 awards Manchester’s 24:7 Theatre Festival is set to once again bring the best of new writing and performance to the city this July. Now in its 10th year the festival continues to go from strength to strength with another 10 premiers being produced. Opening the press launch at The Comedy ...

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PREVIEW: 24:7 launch in style at the Comedy Store, Manchester

Nowadays fringe theatre is a regular feature of the Manchester area. Venues such as The Royal Exchange and The Lowry have their own Studios to stage off-centre productions that might be out of place in their main house and there are pub venues as well as promenade shows that can pop up anywhere. But it wasn’t always the case. For ...

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All the Bens, 24:7 Theatre Festival – New Century House, Manchester

Writer: Ian Townsend Director: Martha Simon Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [rating:4.5] Ben is lonely and bored, so he meets up with a man he has spoken to online, Al. Naturally, Al takes Ben to A&E, perfect first date territory. Al then becomes distance, but sees something he likes in Henry, Ben’s half-brother with special needs. As Ben continues to chase Al, ...

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The Transit Of Venus – 24:7 Festival – New Century House, Manchester

Writer: Eric Northey Director: Alyx Tole Reviewer: Nathan Shreeve [rating:2.5]   Eric Northey returns to Manchester’s 24:7 Theatre Festival following last year’sTelling Lives, with a play that could easily have the subtitle ‘Telling History’. The Transit of Venus, a play set in Manchester in 1639 is a very cerebral, intelligent piece of writing, which unfortunately results in an overly highbrow ...

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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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PREVIEW: 24:7 Theatre Festival, Manchester

Now in its ninth year, the 24:7 Festival is certainly one of the highlights of Manchester’s theatrical calendar. During that time, it has premiered 136 new pieces of theatre, in various venues across the city. At this year’s launch on 20th June, at the Comedy Store on Deansgate Locks, David Slack, the festival’s affable executive producer, introduced the new line-up ...

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