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Brink – Royal Exchange Studio, Manchester

Director: Matthew Xia Associate Director: Matt Hassall Writer: Jackie Kay (in collaboration with the Royal Exchange Young Company) Music Composition: Abigayle Bartley &Jason Patel Reviewer: Stephen M Hornby   As the audience enter the studio space at the Royal Exchange, a number of the Young Company are already on stage performing on what resembles a celestial, three-dimensional chessboard. The space ...

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Little Shop of Horrors – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Book and Lyrics: Howard Ashman Music: Alan Menken Director: Derek Bond Reviewer: Matt Yeoman   Audiences of Derek Bond’s current production at the Royal Exchange are in for a real Christmas botanical cracker with this production of Little Shop of Horrors. The slick, high quality production value of this show is enough to leave the audience wanting more, disturbingly similar ...

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Grounded – Royal Exchange Studio Theatre

Writer: George Brant Director:Christopher Haydon Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Groundedintroduces the audience to the world of unmanned drones flown by talented fighter pilots who are sat at desks, staring at a screen, in a desert of their own hundreds of miles away. Our Pilot has been forced into the “Chair Force” after becoming pregnant, and so the troubles of conducting a ...

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Chamber Piece – Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Caroline Bird Director: Sean Holmes Reviewer: Jo Beggs In 2013 London’s Lyric Hammersmith formed the Secret Theatre Company, a twenty strong ensemble of actors, directors, writers and designers, to create a series of short plays which were performed in unexpected spaces while the theatre was undergoing refurbishment. Not only were audiences led into unexpected spaces, they were on something ...

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80 Days Around the World – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Jules Verne Adaptor: Laura Eason Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Jay Nuttall There's been something rather special happening at The New Vic Theatre in Newcastle-under-Lyme over the last few years. Under the artistic directorship of Theresa Heskins an in house style of no nonsense, no frills ensemble theatre has developed. Last year their production of 80 Days Around the World ...

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Latitude Festival: Britannia Waves The Rules

Writer: Gareth Farr Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: Craig Barber While Latitude takes place on the east coast, it’s the west coast resort of Blackpool that provides the setting for Gareth Farr’s Britannia Waves the Rules. Like many young men who become disillusioned with their home town, Carl is seduced by the timeless Army recruitment promise of join up and see ...

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Mother’s Ruin: Puffball Cabaret – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Reviewer: Stephen M Hornby Mother’s Ruin is established as a leading cabaret night, nurturing new talent and showcasing the best in queer performance. Their Puffball special is another glittering cornucopia of provocative, funny and beguiling acts that ensures there is enough sparkle on stage to more than match the splendour of the Royal Exchange Great Hall. Our bearded host Timberlina ...

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Hoax: My Lonely Heart – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Ravi Thornton Director: Benji Reid Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Hoax: My Lonely Heart is a cross-media project comprising of a dark new musical and accompanied by a graphic novel which continues from where the musical ends. The writer Ravi Thornton tells the story of her brother Rob and his battle with schizophrenia, using Rob’s own words and the imagery of ...

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