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Home/Sick – JACK, Brooklyn, NY

Writer/Creator: The Assembly (Stephen Aubrey, Edward Bauer, Ben Beckley, Nick Benacerraf, Kate Benson, Marianne Broome, Jess Chayes, Anna Abhau Elliott, Luke Harlan, Emily Louise Perkins) Director: Jess Chayes Reviewer: Jamie Rosler Protests and left-wing radicalism. Sexual politics and patriarchal male behavior. Illegal war and racial tension. Home/Sick is ostensibly a story about the Weather Underground of the 1960s, but clearly has deep ...

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Richard Herring: The Best– The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest We’ve all done it: knocking up a compilation tape or CD for that special someone in our life (I know I’m showing my age).Putting our favourite tunes all in one place can be an arduous task and one that requires a great deal of time and patience, but thoroughly enjoyable in the end. For his latest tour, ...

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To Belong – The Lowry, Salford

Choreographer: Koen De Preter Reviewer: Jo Beggs Theater Stap is a Belgian theatre company that puts people with a learning disability at the core of their work. They bring their dance performance, To Belong, to the Lowry as part of the Sick! Festival.  The company make work that puts the performers’ authenticity first, increasing the visibility of disabled performers. They ...

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Home – The Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Writers: Lucy Garland, Amber Onat Gregory Director: Kate O’Connor Reviewer: Charlie Hackett Frozen Light Theatre specialises in creating theatre for audiences with Profound and Multiple Disabilities and from its very beginning, Home is a unique and expertly devised theatrical experience. Scarlett (Lucy Garland) and Olive (Amber Onat Gregory), take the time to personally welcome each audience member into their world. ...

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Christopher Purves and Simon Lepper – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Reviewer: Ron Simpson Opera North’s programme for the Howard Assembly Room is always impressively varied, with jazz, world music and film extensively represented, but this recital took them nearer to home base. Christopher Purves’ most recent appearance with Opera North was as Gianni Schicchi as recently as two years ago. The programme was cleverly planned, four contrasted sets of songs ...

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The Far Side Of The Moon – Theatre Royal Plymouth

Writer and Director: Robert Lepage Reviewer: Marina Spark Renowned playwright and dramatist Robert Lapage brings his world famous production The Far Side Of The Moon to the Lyric stage at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in a stunning revival almost two decades since its conception.Unusually for a piece so heavily set in historical commentary almost every aspect of this production is ...

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The Men Who March Away – St Anne’s, Limehouse, London

Books, Lyrics and Music: Mike Batt Reviewer: Maryam Philpott While commemoration activity for the First World War focuses primarily on sacrifice and loss, it’s easy to forget that, for the civilians who lived through it and the men who came home, 1918 was never the end of their story. Not only had war had changed them, but veterans returned to ...

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Ordinary Days – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

The cast of Ordinary Days: Lisa MacGregor, Duncan Burt, James Edge, Alicia Barban

Music and Lyrics: Adam Gwon Director: Karl Steele Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight Claire and Jason are a couple trying to work out how to live together but pulling in different directions. Jason is intoxicated with his love for her; she is inexplicably more resistant. Deb has drifted into graduate school and - horror of horrors - has somehow lost her notes ...

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