Paisley takes place in a girly bedroom. The scene set is intimate, inviting, homely, feminine and romantic. Piles of clothes are strewn across the floor. There's an ornate fireplace, chintzy- yet tasteful wallpaper, it really is impressive and a great deal of effort and thought has been put into the interior design, down to the family photos in an alcove.

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Part of Greater Manchester Fringe, Sasha Ellen performs a bold, bolshie tale with energy in No Man’s Land. This 50-minute show is dedicated mainly to one story of a dramatic day in 2010 on the island of Herm, when a lovers’ tiff results in a State of National Emergency.

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The Bechdel-Wallace test was created in 1985 by Alison Bechdel (see the recently opened Fun Home musical for her backstory) following an idea from her friend Liz Wallace. It assesses the representation of women in fiction and can be applied to film and theatre. The test involves three key questions: Does the piece have more than one female character? Do the female characters talk to one another? Do the female characters talk to one another about something other than a man?

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The Lyceum Theatre in Oldham ran an open competition at the end of last year for original one-act play submissions in search of new writing talent. Plotfest – Three New Plays in One Night, is a culmination of the three winning pieces from the contest.

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Little Shadow Theatre Company stopped off at 53Two tonight for the first of two nights in the Pod performance space. Artistic Director Joe O’Neill has written and directed 6 pieces of new writing under the collective title of The New Irish Playbook all of which were presented this evening in a varied yet enjoyable 60 minutes.

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Guy A New Musical returns to Manchester as part of July’s eclectic Greater Manchester Fringe Festival offering at the versatile 53Two venue. The show follows the trials and tribulations of central protagonist, Guy, as he tries to navigate the image centric world of Grindr, exploring what it’s like when you’re more Minecraft than muscular.

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Imagine if for just once a year you could be yourself. This is the story of ‘Once a Year on Blackpool Sands’ from Skint Productions, set at Withering Heights Guest House in 1953 - a time when homosexuality is illegal. Written by Karlton Parris, it is based on a true story of two men he met whilst on holiday.

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‘The Egoist’ is a compelling story that documents the life of two strangers that cross paths in a local café; Jake (John Tueart) and Paige (Sophie Giddens).What begins from an enquiry to the Wi-Fi password develops into a conversation about childhood films, family, jobs, and of course- Game of Thrones!

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I get pretty turned off by plays which tell you what it’s about. Usually there’s some oiky PR consultant insisting that people won’t come and see the play unless you tell them what the play is about in excruciatingly oiky detail. This is the complete opposite with much of the work created by Mark Reid.

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If we said or did things differently in a situation, would that lead to the same outcome? Are thing ever meant to be? That’s what Constellations by Nick Payne looks at, as it takes the relationship of two lovers; Marianne and Roland, and seeing what happens if they did things differently.

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A couple of times a year, I will see a piece of theatre that is thoughtful, passionate, heart-breaking and utterly uplifting; 'On Behalf of the People' at the Sale Waterside last night, was one of these occasions.

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