NW productions

Published: 22 April 2012
Reporter: David Upton

Fancifully staging the escapades of famous female pirates of the past alongside intimate stories of personal bravery and derring-do from the performers' own lives, The Pirate Project at Liverpool's Unity Theatre on Friday and Saturday considers female identity and ambition today asking "do we just need to be more like pirates to succeed?"

Details: www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk

The Martini Lounge Burlesque and Variety Show is an enthralling and glamorous line-up for its Spring Fling 2012 on Saturday. The show will once again take place in the newly refurbished Epstein Theatre in Hannover Street, Liverpool

Details: www.martinilounge.co.uk

AlfieLadies' man Alfie Elkins, the working class Don Juan of the East End, is in in Oldham as part of a three week run at the Grange Arts Centre. Set in the swinging sixties, Bill Naughton's Alfie is on tour from Bolton Octagon.

Detals: www.coliseum.org.uk

Lancaster Footlights take on the challenge of Willy Russell's absorbing musical theatre triumph, Blood Brothers, at the city's Grand Theatre this week.

Details: www.lancastergrand.co.uk

The UnsociablesFree-running, live music and BMX combined with a dramatic storyline are set to create one of the The Dukes most energetic shows for years in Lancaster.

The Unsociables is a fast-paced production reflecting on last summer's riots and is performed on the venue's main stage by a cast of up to 35 young people with more working behind the scenes. It runs from Thursday to Saturday.

Details: www.dukes-lancaster.org.

Ribcaged Productions, which brought Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist to Clitheroe Grand to popular acclaim last year, returns this week with a contemporary twist on Shakespeare's tragedy Romeo and Juliet.

Details: www.thegrandvenue.co.uk

Birds of a FeatherTwo of television's most prolific sitcom writers bring a stage adaptation of their most famous and well-loved comedy to Blackpool Grand.

Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran's Birds of a Feather ran on the BBC for nearly ten years and now all three of its original leading cast members, Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph, re-create its success in the theatre.

Details: www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk

Hofesh Shechter presents his critically-acclaimed new work Political Mother at The Lowry in Salford for just two performances Friday and Saturday.

The dance piece depicts Shechter's big-picture vision of oppression, survival, resistance and existence.

Details: www.thelowry.com

Mustafa—the latest play from Bruntwood Prize winning writer Naylah Ahmed—comes to The Studio at the Royal Exchange in Manchester from Thursday to Saturday as part of a national tour.

Details: royalexchange.co.uk

Oldham Coliseum's youth groups, DigiLAB and TheatreLAB, have worked in collaboration with award winning writer Rob Johnson and innovative design team imitating the dog to create Tunnel Visions.

This site specific promenade production transforms an atmospheric, undeveloped mill space into a journey back in time using new technologies and new writing.

Details: www.coliseum.org.uk