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Declaration – The Lowry, Salford

Publicity Image for Art witH Heart's Declaration

Writer/Director: Sarah Emmott and Rachel Moorhouse. Reviewer: Sam Lowe. Informative, witty, and honest are some of the labels which can be placed onto Declaration. This is not the first show to explore themes of mental health and what impact a label has on a person. Nevertheless, the performance is a unique and detailed exploration of these subjects. This is an autobiographical performance ...

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Crooners – CAST, Doncaster

Writers: Roman Marek and Simon Young Directors: Roman Marek, Jim Whitley and Phil Barley Musical Directors: Jon Hibbard and Chris Hibbard Reviewer: Fiona Hannon “The era of the crooner is a dying one and many believe the crooner is soon to be extinct. This modern world does not always seem the place for men of style and vigour. Men with ...

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Space Spectacular: Star Wars and Beyond – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

A spacescape including an orchestra and choir

Conductor: Anthony Inglis Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Raymond Gubbay Ltd has long been producing concerts of popular classical music using its in-house orchestras, including tonight’s orchestra, the London Concert Orchestra. This is advertised as a Space Spectacular, comprised of music inspired by space. And it certainly is a spectacle. With over seventy musicians on stage, even Symphony Hall’s stage looks full ...

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Othello – Bread & Roses Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare, adapted by Charmaine K Parkin Director: Charmaine K Parkin Reviewer: Sophia Moss Charmaine Parkin’s Othello is a lively, crazy and intelligent take on Shakespeare’s well-known tragedy. This modern adaptation has all the usual themes of jealousy, betrayal, racism and murder, but it also features song, dance, merriment and interactive theatre. Parkin’s version of Othello will appeal to ...

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The Quentin Dentin Show – Tristan Bates Theatre, London

Music and Lyrics: Henry Carpenter Book: Henry Carpenter and Tom Crowley Director: Adam Lenson Reviewer: Stephen Bates In the digital age, the need for self-help manuals could be passing. Who needs them when all the required help can be delivered in the form of robots, direct to your living room by means of fibre-optics? Here we have a futuristic rock ...

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Golem by 1927 – Harrogate Theatre

Writer/Director: Suzanne Andrade Music: Lillian Henley Designer: Esme Appleton Animator: Paul Barritt Reviewer: Ron Simpson Golem is one of those shows where it’s difficult to visualise what you’re about to see from the advance publicity. In this case, however, it’s almost as difficult afterwards to describe what you’ve seen. To start with the obvious, Golem is a brilliant piece of ...

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The Who’s Tommy – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Man standing on pinball machine as others dance around him

Director: Kerry Michael Music & Lyrics: Pete Townsend Musical Director: Robert Hyman Reviewer: Jim Gillespie When Pete Townsend first created the “deaf, dumb and blind” hero, Tommy, he probably intended his disabilities to be symbolic. In the hands of New Wolsey Theatre and Ramps on the Moon, they are far more than this, as a cast and creative team which ...

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An Enemy of the People – Gene Frankel Theatre, New York

(An Enemy of the People) (Gene Frankel Theatre) (NYC) (c)Jeremy Daniel

Writer: Henrik Ibsen Director: Jeff Wise Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell Focused on themes of political corruption, environmental and economic disaster, and media responsibility, Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People is still remarkably pertinent 135 years after its earliest productions. Wheelhouse Theater Company’s production at the Gene Frankel Theatre highlights the continued relevance of Ibsen’s play. At the center of ...

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