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Tinned Up
By Chris Hoyle
Shred Productions
The Lowry, 30 June 2011

Tinned Up

Photo by Ciara Leeming

This well-written play focuses on Shirley (played by the wonderful Francine Rees), the lone resident of a street whose other houses are ‘tinned up’ and ready for demolition.

The serious issues arising from this situation are explored, but not too deeply in truth; the powerlessness of ordinary people when faced with property developers and their sheepish councils being pretty much a given.  Mainly, this is a character-driven comedy or tragicomedy; and on that score it delivers.

It is convincing, moving, entertaining, human and genuine.  Also, every character gets in a good rant and say-so, which is always good to see.

Tinned Up is at The Lowry until Saturday 2 July.  Details here.