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Friday, May 25, 2018

‘Brings a new perspective to the story’: BRIGHTON ROCK – Touring ★★★ by Kristy Stott

The Lowry’s Week 53 festival continues with this new adaptation of Brighton Rock. The festival theme of ‘coming of age’ seems to have been stretched pretty far in the search for conten…

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

‘Fascinating, though heartfelt, verbatim performance’: #BeMoreMartyn – THE BOY WITH THE DEIRDRE TATTOO – Manchester ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Ultimately, #BeMoreMartyn celebrates the life of one extraordinary person who touched the lives of so many people.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

‘Sonic, visual & theatrical feast’: HIKIKOMORI: THE SHELTER – Salford ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Hikikomori is a sonic, visual and theatrical feast – the absolute best of what you want to see when you take a chance on new theatre.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

‘A fantastic combination of comedy, cartoons & creativity’: SEVEN INCH – Salford ★★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Seven Inch is a fantastic combination of comedy, cartoons, and creativity, and is great for those looking for something uplifting and entertaining throughout. The independent nature of the s…

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

‘You can’t help but notice how well timed this production is’: JESUS HOPPED THE ‘A’ TRAIN – Manchester ★★★ by Kristy Stott

On the strength of the performances, I cannot help but recommend Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, but be sure to take your patience with you.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

‘Intense & hilarious storylines’: JB SHORTS – Manchester ★★★★★ by Kristy Stott

This year’s JB Shorts is just as unmissable as the last, showcasing some magnificent local talents in an unforgettable evening. When it comes to short plays, JB Shorts has proved once agai…

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

‘Totally contemporary & relevant’: THIS HOUSE – Touring ★★★★★ by Kristy Stott

This House performs the miraculous feat of making a play about events which occurred over 40 years ago feel totally contemporary and relevant.

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

‘A magical concoction of trapeze, aerial & acrobatics’: THE LITTLE MERMAID – Touring ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

At first, Metta Theatre’s Little Mermaid may seem like a simplified interpretation of the Hans Christian Andersen classic, but beneath the surface lies a magical concoction of trapeze, aer…

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‘Refreshing to see such men talk with so much openness’: MINEFIELD – Manchester ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

In 1982, six war veterans fought on separate sides of the Falklands/Malvinas war. Now, in Minefield, they stand together on stage to tell their stories.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

‘An uplifting, charming slow-burner’: THE WINSLOW BOY – Salford ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Rattigan’s truly powerful dialogue for The Winslow Boy, coupled with Kavanaugh’s subtle directing style, create a piece that is undeniably touching and that audiences will not be quick t…

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Monday, April 9, 2018

‘A truly unmissable show’: THE FLYING LOVERS OF VITEBSK – Touring ★★★★★ by Kristy Stott

The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk presents a striking non-romanticised view of love and art in a stunningly sensual and passionate way. This is a truly unmissable show.

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Friday, April 6, 2018

‘The high bar has been raised even further’: SPRING AWAKENING – Manchester ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Since its arrival in Manchester, Hope Mill Theatre has brought much needed fresh and original plays to its stage. The already high bar that Yank! left has been raised even further by the tri…

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Friday, March 30, 2018

‘Keeps the young audience enthralled’: FRIENDS FOR ALL – Touring ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Since becoming a father, Simon Mole has tapped into younger audiences – his show – Friends for All – is aimed at ages five and up and is about having the confidence to be yourself and …

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

‘Performed with charm & brutal honesty’: EAST IS EAST – Bolton ★★★★★ by Kristy Stott

East is East is a lively, provocative and heartening classic, written, performed and re-created with charm and brutal honesty.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

‘Guaranteed to make you jump out of your skin’: FRANKENSTEIN – Manchester ★★★ by Kristy Stott

The Royal Exchange has succeeded in bringing psychologically unnerving horror to its stage. With an underlying sense of uneasiness, Frankenstein is guaranteed to make you jump out of your sk…

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Monday, March 19, 2018

‘A captivating and moving production’: MADAMA BUTTERFLY – Touring ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Madama Butterfly is a captivating and moving production, go and see it and prepare to enjoy it whether you’re an opera veteran or novice.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

‘A rather successful first draft’: UN BALLO IN MASCHERA – Touring ★★★ by Kristy Stott

However, the UK’s relationship with Un ballo in maschera has been rather dramatic over the past decade after stagings in London were met with little praise. This is Opera North’s first p…

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

‘Utter joy to watch’: Handlooms – Manchester ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Whilst Handlooms attempts to cram a lot into its short running time, it is bursting with heart and this makes it an utter joy to watch.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

‘More relevant than ever’: DON GIOVANNI – Touring ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

All set to Mozart’s powerful and beautiful score, Opera North’s Don Giovanni is a really entertaining night out for seasoned opera lovers or those, like me, who are new to the genre.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

‘Wonderful, sensitive production’: CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION – Manchester ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Circle Mirror Transformation at HOME, Manchester, is, despite its flaws, a pleasant night at the theatre made all the more enjoyable by this wonderful, sensitive production.

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

‘A truly delightful vision’: THE SLEEPING BEAUTY (Birmingham Royal Ballet) – Touring ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Birmingham Royal Ballet should be proud of the show they have created in Sleeping Beauty. They have proven that while we may have changed a lot since 1890, what was beautiful then, is still …

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

‘Creatively manages to balance entertainment & education’: THE AUDIT – Touring ★★★ by Kristy Stott

A play which goes into the details of the economics behind the 2008 banking crisis might sound like a pretty dull way to spend an evening, so credit to Proto-Type Theatre for not shying away…

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

‘Constantly interesting to watch’: ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF A LARGE EVENT – Manchester ★★★ by Kristy Stott

If you’re tired of conventional plot and character, On the Outskirts of a Large Event will be a welcome change.

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Friday, February 23, 2018

‘Even in the darkest moments, a genuine belly laugh is never far away’: THE NEWSPAPER BOY – Manchester ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

All in all, The Newspaper Boy is a gripping story, well written and featuring a host of brilliant performances.

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

‘Vibrant reinterpretation’: HAMLET – Touring (RSC) ★★★★★ by Kristy Stott

The RSC’s touring production of Hamlet not only boasts engaging performances but situates them in a dynamic theatrical setting –enabling the entire cast and crew to assert this show as a…

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

‘A masterclass in audience engagement’: NINA – A STORY ABOUT ME & NINA SIMONE – Touring ★★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Nina – A Story About Me and Nina Simone, performed by Josette Bushell-Mingo, is not a tribute concert or a jukebox musical based on Simone’s songs, it is a powerful and totally contempor…

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

‘Blows stereotypes apart’: Black Men Walking – Manchester ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Inspired by a real-life Sheffield-based black men’s walking group, Black Men Walking is an influential and compelling brand new play written by Leeds-based rapper and theatre-maker Testame…

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

‘Alex Walton does a stellar job of keeping the energy up’: FROM IBIZA TO THE NORFOLK BROADS – Touring ★★ by Kristy Stott

From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads is a one-man show which tells the story of Martin, an 18-year-old a person with a mental health problem who is obsessed with David Bowie.

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Looking Back: Upstaged Manchester’s top productions of 2017 > #theatre2017 #YearinReview by Kristy Stott

We’ve had premieres, modern adaptations and watched some shows receive West End transfers – the Manchester stages have been truly brilliant this year. Here is Upstaged Manchester’s rou…

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

‘Empowering’: HOT BROWN HONEY – Manchester ★★★★★ by Kristy Stott

From the moment the women of Hot Brown Honey take to the stage, they immediately command your attention and awe. This award-winning show is an explosion of female rage against the systems th…

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Monday, December 18, 2017

‘Powerful & glamorous’: EVITA – Touring ★★★★ by Kristy Stott

Set against the surrounding political unrest in Argentina in the 1940s-50s, many topics, such as sexism, objectification of women, social division and corruption are touched upon, and no dou…

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