Explore Manchester’s fringe theatre scene this month (Mon 14-Sat 26 Jan) as The Library Theatre Company and The Lowry present the aptly named Re: Play festival. Featuring the best new drama performed over the past 12 months, it’s a rare ‘second chance to see’. Here are three of our favourites, all at The Lowry.

The Bubbler
Written by Cathy Crabb and directed by Phil Dennison
Drawing influences from Milton’s Paradise Lost and Manchester’s riots and lootings of August 2011, this comic tale of the good, the bad and the barman stars Neil Bell of Shameless and Dead Man’s Shoes fame. See full preview.
Mon 21- Wed 23 Jan, 7.30pm, £8, www.thelowry.com

Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down
Written by Richard Cameron and directed by Lucy Allan
A touching 1960s drama set against the backdrop of the women’s liberation movement. Set in Doncaster, it’s a harrowing portrait of the strength, perseverance and humour of three individuals, Ruby, Lynette and Jody and their stories of birth, death, marriage and motherhood.
Mon 21 – Wed 23 Jan, 9pm, £8, www.thelowry.com

Stars are Fire
Written by Francesca White and directed by Liz Postlethwaite
This thoughtful play pitched with simplicity and subtlety tells the story of Carly, a young girl who is forced to leave home after the death of her mum. Her dad decides they need a brand new start ‘back home’ in Northumberland. But Carly’s home is Manchester, she is Manchester inside out, it’s what she knows and who she is. As she struggles to adjust she wonders if her dad really knows her at all.
Thu 17 Jan 8pm, Sat 19 Jan 5pm and 9pm, £8, www.thelowry.com

Mon 14 Jan - Sat 26 Jan
Shereen Perera
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Sun 13 Jan 2013