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Dance: Sampled – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Peter Jacobs The idea of Dance: Sampled originated a decade ago at Sadler’s Wells. The idea to present a diverse programme of short, distinct works in different styles in order to diversify and broaden dance audience: now being rolled out nationally by The Movement - a new partnership between Sadler’s Wells, The Lowry and Birmingham Hippodrome. As six of ...

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Brit Floyd: The Immersion Tour – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight There can be few who aren’t at least aware of Pink Floyd – pioneers of progressive and psychedelic music, they sought perfection in all they did including performing live. This aspiration led to the replacement of their original creative force, Syd Barrett, who became unreliable because of mental health issues, with David Gilmour. The pursuit of perfection ...

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Closer – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writer: Patrick Marber Director: Adam Lacey Reviewer:  John Kennedy Are truth and honesty the antidote to the disease of love’s mutual self-deception or does it just poison it more? This is a provocative and accomplished adaptation of Marber’s award-winning play. A spiral of spiritual and sexual politics where perfidy and infidelity appear to be the only policies our disparate, often ...

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Gutted – The Marlowe Studio, Canterbury

Writer: Sharon Byrne Director: Nicola Samer Reviewer: Amy Jane Smith Sharon Byrne takes us back to 1980s Dublin in new play Gutted, where a fish factory floor becomes the stage for three women’s stories of one life-changing night. Through alternating monologues, we experience the lives of Deirdre (Rose O’Loughlin), Dolores (Nancy Sullivan) and Breda (Lucia Mcanespie) – workers and women united ...

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Eric Carle Director: Jonathan Rockefeller Reviewer: Clare Howdon Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, the critically acclaimed production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, is currently on tour and myself and my young companions (aged 5 and 2) had the pleasure of seeing it at The Lowry Theatre in Salford.  The show, which runs at just under an hour, brings Carle’s timeless classic ...

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Stepmother/ Stepfather – Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth

Choreographer: Arthur Pita  Director: Arthur Pita Reviewer: Sophie Huggins While fairy tale folklore usually evokes feelings of familiar, reminiscent childhood, there is something not quite so innocent in Arthur Pita’s double bill of subverted storytelling. In collaboration with HeadSpaceDance, the audience is seduced into a dark, physically engaged world where all is not as it seems. Split into two parts, ...

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Pink Mist – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

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Writer: Owen Sheers Director: John Retallack & George Mann Reviewer: S.E. Webster The theatre has long been lauded as a space in which our society can challenge authority, examine the human condition, explore fresh ideas and project new voices. Thus, Owen Sheers’s highly acclaimed drama, Pink Mist forces audiences to confront and re-examine important, difficult issues, in this case the ...

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A Place Called Happiness – Marlborough Theatre, Brighton

Writer: Debs Gatenby - Created in collaboration with Mark Whitelaw and Ashley Knowles Reviewer: Simon Topping  Debs Gatenby’s one woman story about the attempt to recapture happiness from the clutches of an increasingly sofa based life is intentionally and charmingly shambolic from the moment she bumbles onto the stage dressed in a futuristic military onesie. We are taken on an ...

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