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Porky the Poet in Zeitgeist Limbo – King’s Arms Theatre, Salford

Writer/Director: Phill Jupitus Reviewer: Brian Gorman A familiar face on television (and team captain of BBC’s Never Mind The Buzzcocks), Phill Jupitus performed some of his early (and most recent) poetry in the guise of his alter-ego ‘Porky The Poet’. Saying that, there was no discernible difference between the Phill Jupitus we know, and the poet standing with a comically ...

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Life Cycle – The Swan Inn, Dobcross

Director: Adam Sunderland Reviewer: Ruth Gerrard A new venue for this year’s Greater Manchester Fringe Festival; The Swan Inn at the heart of the pretty Saddleworth village of Dobcross hosts the physical event Life Cycle. Performed solely by Chris Wilkinson, we are taken on a journey through a lone cyclists life from his fist experience of a bike as child ...

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In Cahoots– Bridewell Theatre, London

Writer: Melissa Reeves Director: Emma J Leaver Reviewer: Ann Bawtree   Founded by Members of the legal and financial institutions of the City of London in 1905 and amateur in the best sense of the word, Sedos (Stock Exchange Dramatic and Operatic Society) has produced high quality theatre continuously ever since, except for short periods during the two World Wars. ...

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Vitamin – Soho Theatre, London

Creator and Performer: Carlo Jacucci Reviewer: Cavelle Leigh A chameleon of physical theatre, Carlo Jacucci, is both madcap and absurd in this sixty minute one man show held at Soho Theatre's main stage, following its sell out run last year. Inspired by a book he's yet to read Jacuccicreates his own crazy collection of anecdotes beginning, and ending, with the ...

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Brendon Burns: Hasn’t Heard of You Either – Soho Theatre, London

Reviewer: Christopher Owen   Brendon Burns is not, by his own admission, hugely famous. In this wonderful hour of stand up comedy and visual presentation, he explores, explains and pinpoints the reasons why and welcomes new audience members to his family of fans with open arms, with an interesting, personal show. Known as a loud mouth Australian comic (ironic as ...

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Lord of the Flies – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: William Golding Adaptor: Nigel Williams Director: Reuben Johnson Reviewer: Tracey Lowe The Lowry Studio was packed to the rafters this balmy July evening, as the Lowry Young Actors Company tackle William Golding's brutal and controversial 1954 novel, Lord of the Flies. An eleven-strong cast of budding performers portray the gang of children stranded on a remote island following a ...

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A Taste of Honey – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Shelagh Delaney Director: Mark Babych Reviewer: Janet Jepson A Taste of Honey is the timeless classic story of a young girl’s premature express journey into adulthood - a story made more touching by the knowledge that it was written by Shelagh Delaney in the 1950s when she was only a teenager herself. This rather dark northern drama has enjoyed ...

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Aristocrats – The Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Brian Friel Director: Patrick Mason Reviewer: Ciara Murphy Directed by Patrick Mason, Brian Friel’s Aristocrats comes to the Abbey Theatre, bringing with it a rarely seen representation of life in Ireland’s rural Roman Catholic ‘Big House’. Far from functional, the O’Donnell family reunite in Ballybeg to celebrate their youngest sister, Claire’s (Jane McGrath) wedding. Arriving back in O’Donnell Hall ...

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