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A team of DAO writers went to Manchester to report on decibel 11 which took place from 12-16 September 2011

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A team of DAO writers went to the 5th decibel Performing Arts Showcase in Manchester from the 12th - 16th September 2011. Here you can read reviews of a large selection from the 50 performances which happened during the week.

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Colin Hambrook reviews a taboo-breaking piece of personal storytelling

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Brian Lobell spins a yarn, a tale and a hoop while giving his audience a feel of his life experiences. Photo © John Reed

A team of DAO writers went to the 5th decibel Performing Arts Showcase in Manchester from the 12th - 16th September 2011. Here you can read reviews of a large selection from the 50 performances which happened during the week.

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New Voices writer John O'Donoghue reviews Rouge 28's latest production

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Aya Nakamura as puppet master in Paul Pris’s Urashima Taro. Photo © Monika Kita

A team of DAO writers went to the 5th decibel Performing Arts Showcase in Manchester from the 12th - 16th September 2011. Here you can read reviews of a large selection from the 50 performances which happened during the week.

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Colin Hambrook looks at Within, and without in terms of its place within StopGAP's previous work

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StopGAP dancers: Laura Jones, Sophie Brown and Chris Pavia. Photo © Hugo Glendinning

A team of DAO writers went to the 5th decibel Performing Arts Showcase in Manchester from the 12th - 16th September 2011. Here you can read reviews of a large selection from the 50 performances which happened during the week.

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Trish Wheatley reconsiders her ideas about vocals in a classical setting

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Ayanna Witter-Johnson. Photo © Angela Radulescu

A team of DAO writers went to the 5th decibel Performing Arts Showcase in Manchester from the 12th - 16th September 2011. Here you can read reviews of a large selection from the 50 performances which happened during the week.

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Amardeep Sohi and Monika Richards each review this moving and enigmatic production

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Ambiguity of place, time and gender in Memoirs of a Hermaphrodite. Sarah Leaver. Photo © Justine Garratty

A team of DAO writers went to the 5th decibel Performing Arts Showcase in Manchester from the 12th - 16th September 2011. Here you can read reviews of a large selection from the 50 performances which happened during the week.

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Colin Hambrook reviews this eclectic take on a problem posed

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What would you choose to keep if you only had 14 minutes to save the world? Photo © Justin David

A team of DAO writers went to the 5th decibel Performing Arts Showcase in Manchester from the 12th - 16th September 2011. Here you can read reviews of a large selection from the 50 performances which happened during the week.

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Amardeep Sohi joins in an unusual game of Scrabble

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Scrabble as marshal art? Pen-ultimate present 'A Night on the Tiles' Photo © Joel C Fildes

A team of DAO writers went to the 5th decibel Performing Arts Showcase in Manchester from the 12th - 16th September 2011. Here you can read reviews of a large selection from the 50 performances which happened during the week.

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John O'Donaghue takes a ringside seat at this bruising performance

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Tenderness and tension in and outside the world of boxing performed by Jonny Collis. Photo © Ben Winter

A team of DAO writers went to the 5th decibel Performing Arts Showcase in Manchester from the 12th - 16th September 2011. Here you can read reviews of a large selection from the 50 performances which happened during the week.

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John O'Donoghue takes a look at this tour-ready production as presented at decibel's Showcase 2011

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You look but do you see? Invisible Man raises still relevant questions about race, visibility and insanity. Image © Hector Petersson

A team of DAO writers went to the 5th decibel Performing Arts Showcase in Manchester from the 12th - 16th September 2011. Here you can read reviews of a large selection from the 50 performances which happened during the week.

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While decibel’s Showcase is the place for performers, writers, artists, directors and so on to present work which is tour-ready or ‘nearly there’, the event also provides space and opportunity for people to pitch ideas for future productions and performances. Amardeep Sohi sat in on two such pitches and here gives us a flavour of what might be on show in a tour-ready format at a later date.

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The Two of Us. Image © Wu Wen

A team of DAO writers went to the 5th decibel Performing Arts Showcase in Manchester from the 12th - 16th September 2011. Here you can read reviews of a large selection from the 50 performances which happened during the week.

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Monika Richards is transported through music performed by Coco Mbassi as composed and arranged by Serge Ngando Mpondo

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Coco Mbassi performs five songs

A team of DAO writers went to the 5th decibel Performing Arts Showcase in Manchester from the 12th - 16th September 2011. Here you can read reviews of a large selection from the 50 performances which happened during the week.

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Amardeep Sohi fights detachment and loses as she becomes emersed in this powerful production

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There is no escape for audiences confronted with Another Country. Photo © Shirlaine Forrest

A team of DAO writers went to the 5th decibel Performing Arts Showcase in Manchester from the 12th - 16th September 2011. Here you can read reviews of a large selection from the 50 performances which happened during the week.

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Colin Hambrook reviews this comedy show and gets a taste of, if not for, privatised healthcare

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Reform or revolution? Laurence Clark considers the future of the NHS through the lens of American healthcare.

A team of DAO writers went to the 5th decibel Performing Arts Showcase in Manchester from the 12th - 16th September 2011. Here you can read reviews of a large selection from the 50 performances which happened during the week.

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John O'Donoghue gets an education in forgotten history

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Kat Francois has to look for Lazarus before she can raise his memory and recall forgotten history. Photo © Sloetry

A team of DAO writers went to the 5th decibel Performing Arts Showcase in Manchester from the 12th - 16th September 2011. Here you can read reviews of a large selection from the 50 performances which happened during the week.

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Colin Hambrook is taken into a stark landscape of sea and rock, surrounded by a symphony of sirens at the RNCM Concert Hall

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Jez Colbourne plays out his fascination with sirens at the Cow and Calf. Photo by Tim Smith

A team of DAO writers went to the 5th decibel Performing Arts Showcase in Manchester from the 12th - 16th September 2011. Here you can read reviews of a large selection from the 50 performances which happened during the week.

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Amardeep Sohi reviews this powerful and disturbing piece

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Contact Theatre creates impact due to the sensitive theatrical handling of a terrible and troubling reality

A team of DAO writers went to the 5th decibel Performing Arts Showcase in Manchester from the 12th - 16th September 2011. Here you can read reviews of a large selection from the 50 performances which happened during the week.

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Gary Thomas hears and sees a piece of theatrical role reversal

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The sign of things to come? Ailís Ní Ríain makes hearing and signing audiences change places in terms of experience in the theatre

A team of DAO writers went to the 5th decibel Performing Arts Showcase in Manchester from the 12th - 16th September 2011. Here you can read reviews of a large selection from the 50 performances which happened during the week.

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Trish Wheatley enjoys a technically and creatively accomplished performance

Arun Ghosh Photographer Taran Wikhu

A team of DAO writers went to the 5th decibel Performing Arts Showcase in Manchester from the 12th - 16th September 2011. Here you can read reviews of a large selection from the 50 performances which happened during the week.

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John O’Donoghue is taken on a whilwind trip around the world as seen through the eyes of a modern-day Everyman

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Siddhatha Bose plays out the role of Kalagora. Image: Liam Davenpor

A team of DAO writers went to the 5th decibel Performing Arts Showcase in Manchester from the 12th - 16th September 2011. Here you can read reviews of a large selection from the 50 performances which happened during the week.

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Monika Richards looks afresh at male interactions

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Company Chameleon. Photo: Brian Slater

A team of DAO writers went to the 5th decibel Performing Arts Showcase in Manchester from the 12th - 16th September 2011. Here you can read reviews of a large selection from the 50 performances which happened during the week.

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A team of DAO writers went to the 5th decibel Performing Arts Showcase in Manchester from the 12th - 16th September 2011. Here you can read reviews of a large selection from the 50 performances which happened during the week.