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Mark Babych returned from Hull to the theatre that he ran for 10 years, the Octagon in Bolton, to direct Charlotte Jones’s Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis, in which Natalie Grady returned from the dead as Louise in a performance both funny and emotional.

In the Royal Exchange’s revival of A Streetcar Named Desire, Sharon Duncan-Brewster’s bubbly yet strong Stella was more than a match for Maxine Peake’s Blanche in their arguments about lifestyle and husband.

Amy Nuttall brought vividly to life the challenging and emotionally wide-ranging role of Leontes’ greatly-wronged, falsely accused wife Hermione, destroyed by her husband’s jealousy, in a powerful performance in David Thacker’s production for the Octagon of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale.

The winner was another wronged partner in a sense, as the fictional Pat Green (based on a couple of real people). Natalie Dew gave a warm and tender performance of a character destined for disappointment in the Royal Exchange’s Breaking the Code.

David Chadderton
17 March 2017