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Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room – The Lowry, Salford

Katherine Ryan

Reviewer: Sarah Holt Katherine Ryan is single and she beats around no bushes in informing the audience that this is what her Glitter Room show is all about. The topic of singledom is nothing new in comedy, but Canadian Ryan – who regularly appears on television panel shows like Mock the Week and Have I Got News For You – ...

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Igor and Moreno: Andante – The Lowry, Salford

Direction: Igor Urzelai and Moreno Solinas Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Andante is a musical term that refers to a work (especially as a direction) in a moderately slow tempo. It originates from the Italian verb andare – to go. Igor (Urzelai) and Moreno (Solinas) are among the first artists to benefit from The Lowry’s ‘Developed With’ programme, in which they invite ...

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Heroine – Theatr Clwyd, Mold

Writer: Nessah Muthy Director: Steven Atkinson Reviewer: Clare Boswell Heroine by Nessah Muthy is a play with a strong political message. Centred around ex-soldier Grace (Asmara Gabrielle), Heroine turns the tables on the Radical-Islam question. It asks it's audience to consider whether it is right, or indeed conducive within a progressive society, to shut down dialogue on uncomfortable issues, brandishing all ...

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Richard Thompson: The Solo Tour – The Lowry Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The format for ‘solo’ shows by rock artists is well-established. The stage will feature a wall of guitars each carefully tuned to be used for a specific song and there will be a variety of other instruments, such as keyboards, to add texture.  For Richard Thompson The Solo Tour means what it says on the tin- you ...

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Clod Ensemble: Under Glass – The Lowry, Salford

Direction: Suzy Willson Music: Paul Clark Lighting: Hansjörg Schmidt Reviewer: Peter Jacobs In 2016 as part of The Lowry’s inaugural Week 53 festival – which returns next year – Clod Ensemble repurposed the entire auditorium and stage of the huge Lyric Theatre for the strikingly-memorable An Anatomie in Four Quarters. Now it is the turn of the Quays Theatre to ...

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Golem – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer and Director: Suzanne Andrade Film, Animation and Design: Paul Barritt Music: Lillian Henley Reviewer: Daryl Holden The world that 1927’s Golem portrays is one of social decline. A world where individualism leads down the path to nonexistence and consumerism inevitably ends up at the top of the food chain. By all means, it’s a story that the theatre seems ...

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Michael Kiwanuka – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Michael Kiwanuka has come a long way since being championed by Adele in 2011, winning BBC Sound of 2012, from the release of his debut album Home Again’ to the stratospheric reception of his second album Love & Hate’ in 2016 which received nominations for Best Album from the Mercury Prize, the MOBOs, and BBC Music. Kiwanuka ...

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Stay Happy, Keep Smiling – 53Two, Manchester

Writer: Anna Jordan Director: Simon Naylor Reviewer: Andrea Allen On an evening where a good number of the smartphone-wielding audience have just received a news alert informing them that MI5 have declared the UK to be on its most critical terror alert to date, Stay Happy, Keep Smiling couldn’t seem closer to home. Bruntwood Prize-winning Anna Jordan’s play takes  the ...

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