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The Confidential Choice

The best 14 days of theatre in Greater Manchester

Published on July 25th 2007.

The Confidential Choice

Pretend You Have Big Buildings. The winner of the Bruntwood Playwriting competition, by Ben Musgrave, tells the story of two teenagers growing up in the shadow of Canary Wharf who form an unlikely friendship. Funny, engaging and fresh though it does wander a bit off track towards the end. Royal Exchange (Royal Exchange, St Ann’s Square, City. 0161 833 9833. www.royalexchange.co.uk) From £4. To Aug 4.

24:7 Theatre Festival. Fourth year of this festival featuring over 20 one-hour plays taking place in non-theatre venues In Manchester. Using the innovative spaces provided by The Midland Hotel and Pure in the Printworks, 24:7 offers comedy, tragedy, physical theatre and more in these bite-sized productions taking place almost constantly throughout the week. So there’s no excuse not to catch one. The Midland Hotel, Peter Street, City. Pure, The Printworks, City. 0845 408 4101 www.247theatrefestival.co.uk) £6. Jul 23 to Jul 29.

Blue Remembered Hills. Feelgood Theatre presents an outdoor production of this Dennis Potter play in which seven youngsters (played by adults) explore friendship and loyalty on an eventful trip through the woods. Heaton Park, Prestwich. 0161 236 7110. www.quaytickets.comwww.feelgoodtheatre.co.uk) From £8. To Jul 28.

Broadway. Musical hits from Imagine Musical Theatre in this one-night show featuring a live band and tunes from Beauty and The Beast, Le Miserables, Jekyll and Hyde and Joseph. The Lowry (Pier 8, Salford Quays. 0870 787 5780 www.thelowry.com). £12.50. Wed 1 Aug

A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Feelgood Theatre Company presents this outdoor production of Shakespeare’s magical comedy. A play of love and confusion, it is set in the 1950s with a rock n roll band and a capella singing plus lovers on bicycles and a man with the head of a donkey. What’s not to like? Weekend Family Workshops are also available to keep the kids occupied during summer break. Heaton Park (Prestwich. 0161 236 7110. www.quaytickets.com. www.feelgoodtheatre.co.uk) From £8. Aug 2 to Aug 18.

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. C.S Lewis magical tale, adapted by novelist and children’s poet Adrian Mitchell. This production was originally produced at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Stratford and arrives in Oldham following sell out performances around the country. When Lucy plays a game of hide and seek with her siblings, she discovers a strange and magical world in the back of a wardrobe. But can they help save the kingdom where it is always winter and never Christmas? Oldham Coliseum (Fairbottom Street, Oldham, 0161 624 2829. www.coliseum.org.uk) From £9. Jul 24 to July 28.

Tracy Beaker Gets Real. Story by Children's Laureate Jacqueline Wilson, adapted for the stage by playwright Mary Morris, in which teen Tracy Beaker goes back to stay in the care home while her mum is in Hollywood. Forget wizards and owls, this is realistic fun for all the family. Opera House (Quay Street, City. 0870 401 6000 www.ticketmaster.co.uk) From £10.50. Jul 25 to Jul 28.

One of our Ain. The story of growing up in a small community in which a child went missing, award-winning author, actress and children’s campaigner Sandra Brown delivers this one woman show based on her book Where There Is Evil. Special guests include novelist Val McDermid and singer/songwriter Carol Laula. The Lowry (Pier 8, Salford Quays. 0870 787 5780 www.thelowry.com). £20. Sat Jul 28.

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