Manchester international festival 2019

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Ibrahim Mahama: Parliament of Ghosts; David Lynch: My Head Is Disconnected – review
The Ghanaian artist resurrects the detritus of his nation’s post-colonial struggles

Tim Adams

28, Jul, 2019 @8:00 AM

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The Nico Project; The Fountainhead – review
Maxine Peake is a woman possessed in The Nico Project, while Ivo van Hove adapts Ayn Rand’s controversial novel

Claire Armitstead

21, Jul, 2019 @7:00 AM

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Maggie the Cat review - wit and passion abound
Trajal Harrell’s thrilling take on Cat on a Hot Tin Roof stands apart at the Manchester international festival

Sarah Crompton

21, Jul, 2019 @6:59 AM

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The week in classical: Tao of Glass review - an extraordinary exploration of creativity
Royal Exchange, Manchester
Philip Glass makes a surprise appearance at Phelim McDermott’s astonishing tribute show

Stephen Pritchard

20, Jul, 2019 @11:00 AM

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Skepta: Dystopia987 review – flat energy in nightclub of the future
Craft beer replaces ecstasy at this meeting of immersive theatre and rave, which lacks the abandon of a regular gig by the MC

Daniel Dylan Wray

19, Jul, 2019 @6:00 PM

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Thank You Very Much review – disabled dancers strut Elvis moves
The King’s unique physicality is the source for Claire Cunningham’s compelling and illuminating show

Anna Winter

18, Jul, 2019 @12:01 PM

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'People think I'm very odd': how Ibrahim Mahama brought Ghana's past to Manchester
From second-hand train seats to old school cupboards, the artist has transported discarded objects from his west African homeland to create a ‘parliament of ghosts’

Stuart Jeffries

16, Jul, 2019 @5:00 AM

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Trajal Harrell: Maggie the Cat review – Tennessee Williams sashays away
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with voguing sounds interesting, but Trajal Harrell’s parade of dancers modelling soft-furnishings to free jazz is more vague than vogue

Sanjoy Roy

15, Jul, 2019 @10:23 AM

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Re:Creating Europe review – voices from history echo through Brexit
From Henry V’s speech to Jona Lewie’s Stop the Cavalry, this illuminating production explores the ‘flawed family’ of Europe

Mark Fisher

14, Jul, 2019 @12:27 PM

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The Nico Project review – Maxine Peake digs deep into a nightmare
With fascinating – and frustrating – results, the actor plays a woman seemingly possessed by the ghost of the late Velvet Underground singer

Mark Fisher

14, Jul, 2019 @11:33 AM

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The week in theatre: Tree; Invisible Cities; Peter Gynt – review
Tree is less exciting than the row about its authorship

Susannah Clapp

14, Jul, 2019 @7:00 AM

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The Fountainhead review – Ivo van Hove hypnotises with Ayn Rand's nonsense
Internationaal Theater Amsterdam present a constantly inventive, four-hour staging of the overheated 1943 polemic

Michael Billington

11, Jul, 2019 @9:29 AM

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