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Everybody Loves A Winner: review

Royal Exchange
06 July 2009

Everybody Loves A Winner

For the festival, the city's iconic Royal Exchange Theatre has been transformed into a working bingo hall. But how close is it to real life?

Everybody Loves A Winner by Neil Bartlett puts a night out at the bingo into the heart of Manchester's theatreland.

Starring Sally Lindsay, it follows the fortunes of twenty players on another enjoyable but wasted evening with all the usual cheap jokes, empty handbags, delight and despair.

And there's even a chance for the audience to get out their dabbers and join in the fun. But was it true to life?

Tony Beverley is the manager of the Mecca bingo on Hyde Road. "It was absolutely hilarious!" he said.

"They had people swearing at each other. It was very extreme indeed. It was like the real minority of characters but those behaviours were definitely there. And they were really, really good. They were really funny. "

Listen to Tony's full review on BBC Radio Manchester by clicking on the player.


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