MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2021 HIGHLIGHTS

Festival Square at Manchester International Festival.

Festival Square at Manchester International Festival. Photo Credit: Louis Reynolds

Manchester International Festival unveils its 2021 programme with original new works and special events taking place over 18 days

Manchester International Festival (MIF) has unveiled its 2021 programme, which will take place across 18 days (1-18 July 2021).

Events will take place safely in indoor and outdoor locations across Greater Manchester, and a rich online offer will provide a window into the Festival where...

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Theatre Review – NOW OR NEVER – Barn Theatre [Online]

Courtney Stapleton and Eloise Davies in NOW OR NEVER.

Courtney Stapleton and Eloise Davies in NOW OR NEVER. Photo Credit: Jenya Steanson

Exciting and ambitious, Matthew Harvey’s NOW OR NEVER captures the heart and stirs the soul, making you wish this innovative production was on for more than just one night

5 out of 5 stars

Over the past six months, the Barn Theatre in Cirencester has certainly pulled it out of the bag when it comes to digital productions. From WHAT A CARVE UP! to the more recent THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY, the team has helped to keep theatre al...

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Theatre Review: AN ELEPHANT IN THE GARDEN – Barn Theatre [Online]

Alison Reid in AN ELEPHANT IN THE GARDEN.

Alison Reid in AN ELEPHANT IN THE GARDEN. Photo Credit: Farrows Creative

Simon Reade’s adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s AN ELEPHANT IN THE GARDEN is a poignant and charming piece of theatre that doesn’t shy away from the pain of war

4 out of 5 stars

Following successful UK tours from 2014 to 2019, Poonamallee Productions brings their production of Michael Morpurgo’s AN ELEPHANT IN THE GARDEN to the digital stage for the very first time in collaboration with the Barn Theatre.

Set against the backdrop of ...

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Theatre Review – THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY, Barn Theatre [ONLINE]

Fionn Whitehead in THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY

Dark, dazzling and thought-provoking, Henry Filloux-Bennett’s modern-day adaptation of THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY brings Oscar Wilde’s Faustian tale kicking and screaming into the digital age

4 out of 5 stars

Between family Zoom quizzes, homeschooling and virtual meetings, it’s fair to say that most of us have spent the majority of 2020 – and 2021 – online. As such, Henry Filloux-Bennett’s modern-day adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY holds an unexpected relatability as it plunges us ...

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PETER PAN [Online] – Barn Theatre, Cirencester

Waylon Jacobs in PETER PAN at Barn Theatre, Cirencester. Photo Credit: Eve Dunlop

Waylon Jacobs in PETER PAN at Barn Theatre, Cirencester. Photo Credit: Eve Dunlop

Stripping J.M. Barrie’s classic tale back to its roots, Alan Pollock’s new take of PETER PAN has a whimsical, nostalgic, and magical charm.

4 out of 5 stars

With much of the country in Tier 3 and many theatres forced to remain closed due to Coronavirus restrictions, the annual Christmas theatre outing will likely be off the cards for many families this year...

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Theatre Review: RENT – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester [ONLINE]

Blake Patrick Anderson (Mark) and the Company of RENT at Hope Mill Theatre.

The Company of RENT at Hope Mill Theatre. Photo Credit: Pamela Raith

Luke Sheppard’s sensational revival of RENT surges with life, passion and a fighting spirit that feels particularly poignant in the current climate

5 out of 5 stars

It’s fair to say that, of all the sectors Coronavirus has impacted, theatre is one of the worst-hit. Nothing demonstrates this more than Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre latest production of RENT...

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Theatre Review: WHAT A CARVE UP! – Barn Theatre, Cirencester

Alfred Enoch in WHAT A CARVE UP!

Employing multiple narrative styles, different perspectives and a highly fragmented timeline, WHAT A CARVE UP! builds up the story meticulously to entice the audience

4 out of 5 stars

As regional theatres in England prepare for a second lockdown, the Barn Theatre in Cirencester takes to the spotlight with the premiere of their new digital play, WHAT A CARVE UP! 

Based on Jonathan Coe’s satirical novel, WHAT A CARVE UP! chronicles the events leading up to the fictional ‘Winshaw Murders’...

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BFI #LFF 2020: AMMONITE Film Review

Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan in Ammonite (2020)

Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan’s moving and unguarded performances impress in AMMONITE, Francis Lee’s forbidden-love story set in 1820s England

3.5 out of 5 stars

British writer and Director Francis Lee follows GOD’S OWN COUNTRY with AMMONITE, a solemn love story sparked by Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan.

Set on the overcast coast of Lyme Regis in the 1820s, AMMONITE tells the fictionalised life story of amateur palaeontologist Mary Anning (Katie Winslet) who lives a solitary, nearly silent life with her ...

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BFI #LFF 2020: NEW ORDER (Nuevo Orden) Film Review

Naian González Norvind and Fernando Cuautle in Nuevo orden (2020)

Violent and nihilistic, Michel Franco’s latest drama NEW ORDER is a riveting and suspenseful dystopian drama that resonates in these deeply troubling times

4 out of 5 stars

Michel Franco’s latest drama NEW ORDER marks a stark departure from the stylistic austerity and character-driven work of his previous films AFTER LUCIA and CHRONIC.

Best described as a suspenseful dystopian drama, NEW ORDER’s initial gaze is set on a luxurious home in Mexico City, where a wealthy white family is throwing a private wed...

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BFI #LFF 2020: ONE MAN AND HIS SHOES Film Review

One-Man-And-His-Shoes-Doc-2020

Informative and entertaining, ONE MAN AND HIS SHOES charts the cultural and commercial phenomena of Air Jordan and the basketball legend who gave the sneakers their name

3.5 out of 5 stars

You don’t need to be a sports fan to know who Michael Jordan is. You also don’t need to be a sneaker fan to have heard of Nike’s Air Jordan...

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