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Avenue Q

Avenue Q

by University of Manchester Musical Theatre Society (UMMTS)

Reviewed by Matthew Dougall November 2017

 

The University of Manchester Musical Theatre Society (UMMTS) have done it again, and managed to produce an astounding piece of Musical Theatre out of very little. Their young ages (they are all students at Manchester University), their lack of budget, the confines and restrictions of their performance space, and possibly also the amount of quality rehearsal time, all conspire against them, and yet have, to date, always produced a Musical of raw energy and talent, and it has always been thrilling and exciting, and I have always thoroughly enjoyed my evenings in their company. Tonight was no exception.

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Jason Manford - A Different Stage

Jason Manford - A Different Stage

at Lowry Theatre

Reviewed by Matthew Dougall November 2017

 

Salfordian comedian and actor Jason Manford (actually born in Irlam O'Th' Heights), brought most of his family along with him this evening to support his latest venture, and a sideways departure from his more well-known persona as a stand-up comedian or Musical Theatre actor.

 

This was a solo concert of a very different nature as he has recorded an album and is now on the road singing songs from it, trying to promote it and showing fans, both old and new, that he has something more to offer.

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Dick Whittington at Oldham Coliseum

By Fine Time Fontayne and Kevin Shaw

Reviewed by John Waterhouse November 2017

 

Panto-season is traditionally the time many theatres clean up financially after what may have been an otherwise lean year and it is not hard to see why. Just as weddings and funerals are often the only time many people step inside a church these days, so too that pantomimes are when many walk into a theatre, largely because children still want to see them. That’s all well and good and the Oldham Coliseum panto retains a reputation as one of the most popular in the region, boasting a stunning three-month run.

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Metamorphosis at The Lowry

By Franz Kafka, Adapted by Kerry Frampton

Reviewed by John Waterhouse November 2017

 

‘The Metamorphosis’ was a novella by Franz Kafka, first published in 1915 in what is today the Czech Republic. A century on, the story retains its relevance and perhaps takes on new meaning as the ever growing power of computers and the internet continues to depersonalise things whilst the individual tries to find meaning to their work in a digitalised world.

 

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J B SHORTS 18

J B Shorts 18

at 53two, Manchester

Reviewed by Matthew Dougall October 2017

 

Manchester's theatrical institution, J B Shorts, a collaboration and collection of 6 15-minute plays written, directed and performed by resident theatre and TV talent, has made its way once again to a venue ideal for this type of event, 53Two.

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