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Verve 2016 – Z-Arts, Manchester

Artistic Director: Gianluca Vincentini Choreography: Efrosini Protopapa, Athina Vahla, Renaud Wiser, Anton Lachky Reviewer: Peter Jacobs   Verve is the postgraduate touring company of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and gives completing students the experience of professional-level touring with the opportunity to make new work with a range of emerging and established choreographers. As each yearly cast is different ...

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Sparkle – Z Arts, Manchester

Sparkle - PuppetShip

Creators: Alison McGowan and Tanya Axford Reviewer: Clare Boswell Sparkle, a piece created by Alison McGowan of PuppetShip and visual artist Tanya Axford, is an interactive performance and creative play session for babies and young children. The set – up of Sparkle is appropriately calm and intimate as well as aesthetically pleasing; the performance takes place under a beautifully designed ...

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The Sleepover – Z-Arts, Manchester

Director: Louise Fazackerley Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin The Sleepoveris an interactive, very Mancunian re-telling of the well-known fairytale The Princess and the Pea. Louise the Poet and Lee the Music Man welcomes a family-filled audience to their simple performance space, dominated by a bedframe pilled high with mattresses and duvets. Immediately triggering a memory in every child’s brain of the story ...

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The Snow Queen – Z Arts, Manchester

Production Image of The Snow Queen

Writer: Philip Osment Director: Jonathan McGrath Reviewer: Jay Nuttall   “Enough screen time!” we are warned towards the beginning of Z Arts’ contemporary production of Hans Christian Anderson’s classic The Snow Queen. In an ever-evolving digital age writer Philip Osment and director Jonathan Mcrath have decided to reinterpret this allegorical tale and update it well and truly into the 21st ...

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Holy and Horny – Z-Arts, Manchester

Writer: Tonya Joy Bolton Director: Jon Trevor Reviewer: Jo Beggs Sheila wants to be a good Christian girl, but she’s struggling to deal with her sensuous alter-ego and the pressures of the outside world. Left motherless at birth and parentless at 18, she’s had a tough time but she’s managed to hold on to her generosity and positivity while she ...

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The Possible Impossible House – Z Arts, Manchester

Created by Forced Entertainment Director: Tim Etchell Reviewer: Luke Walker “It’s worth remembering you’re in a story” we are told midway through Sheffield-based experimental theatre company Forced Entertainment’s first show created for children. The Possible Impossible House is a dive into absurd storytelling and the labyrinth of imagination. For over 30 years Forced Entertainment, spearheaded by artistic director Tim Etchells, ...

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I Wish I Had A Moustache – Z Arts, Manchester

Writer: Keisha Thompson Director: Martin Stannage Reviewer: Jo Beggs As part of the Black Gold Arts Festival, performance and page poet Keisha Thompson brings together her usual artform with some sharp comedy acting, drama and movement in I Wish I Had A Moustache. In this seventy-minute solo performance, Thompson has created a hugely entertaining piece of theatre, which explores the ...

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59 Minutes to Save Christmas – Z Arts, Hulme, Manchester

Created by: Slung Low Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Pink smoke is wafting through the building at Z Arts in Hulme this Christmas! All is not right within the walls. We have just 59 minutes to save Christmas and the clock is ticking! This wonderfully fun promenade performance is asking for its audience for help and it is up to us to ...

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