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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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Pests – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Vivienne Franzmann Director: Lucy Morrison Reviewer: Marina Spark Clean Break theatre company pride themselves on researching and telling the stories of women who are/have been in prison and who are likely to offend again. Pests stays true to that company goal and here the tale of two sisters is told. They are perpetually stuck in a cycle of self ...

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NEWS: Manchester’s Royal Exchange face global food crisis with 4 new plays

Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre set to stage four new plays as part of HUNGER FOR TRADE – an international performing arts response to the global food crisis. New pieces of work will be seen at The Studio at the Royal Exchange Theatre from Thursday 24 April to Saturday 3 May.Overseen by the Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, HUNGER FOR TRADE has been ...

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Much Ado About Nothing – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Maria Aberg Reviewer: John Roberts The Royal Exchange has always had a great reputation for their yearly Shakespeare productions. There is an element of respecting the words carefully crafted by The Bard and injecting them with an accessible sense of modernity and delivered by a strong ensemble cast and on the whole this is exactly what ...

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NEWS: Liverpool Playhouse Studio announces new season

The ever-popular Playhouse Studio will play host to two productions this spring as the intimate space in the Playhouse rafters continues to provide big stories on a small scale. Former Everyman and Playhouse director-in-residence Matthew Xia is back with a production of Sizwe Banzi is Dead from 10 to 14 June, while Mogadishu writer Vivienne Franzmann’s Pests comes directly to ...

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That Day We Sang – Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Victoria Wood Director: Sarah Frankcom Reviewer: Matthew Nichols [Rating:5] Having first encountered Victoria Wood’s nostalgic comedy drama two years ago at the Manchester International Festival. On a baking hot afternoon, and with an acid hangover (me, not the afternoon), it was the equivalent of collapsing in front of high quality Sunday night TV. Two years on, with some tweaking, ...

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Too Clever By Half – Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Alexandr Ostrovsky, adapted by Rodney Ackland Director: Paul Hunter Reviewer: Andy Mellor [Rating: 4] There’s the definite wind of change in the air in the St Anne’s Square venue at the moment. The prominence of Sarah Frankcom in the building, along with the departure of Braham Murray, has seen a feeling of renewed energy and vigour; first-time directors, new ...

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Brilliant Adventures – Royal Exchange Studio, Manchester

Writer: Alistair McDowall Director: Caroline Steinbeis Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [rating:4.5] ‘Brilliant Adventures’ was the recipient of the prestigious Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting in 2011, and Manchester is lucky to the home of the play’s premiere. Straight from the beginning, it is clear to see why this play is award-winning, instantly creating an intriguing world filled with a variety of interesting ...

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