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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – ChickenShed Theatre, London

Writer: Ken Kesey Director: Lou Stein Reviewer: Sophia Moss Sickly sweet southern-style music plays in the background as the audience sits in a full-quarter circle around a small, flat stage in North London.  The music stops and a tall, well-built man dressed in pink scrubs with long, scruff facial hair walks in. He peers up into a blue spotlight, his ...

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Humanhood: Zero – The Lowry, Salford

Artistic Direction: Rudi Cole & Julia Robert Original Music: Gyda Valtysdottir, Alex Forster, Azizi Cole, Xhosa Cole, Shahzad Ismaily Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Zerois the first full-length duet by Humanhood, a company founded in 2015 by dancer/Artistic Directors Rudi Cole and Julia Robert. A 15-minute extract won 1stprize at Madrid International Choreography Competition. The work now stands at around fifty minutes. ...

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Mary Stuart – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Friedrich Schiller Adaptor/Director: Robert Icke Reviewer: Dave Cunningham As the audience waits for Almeida’s production of Mary Stuart to begin it is hard to ignore a series of screens that feature an image of a coin in a golden bowl. This is one of a number of ways in which director Robert Icke brings tension and anxiety to his adaptation ...

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A Brave Face – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Writer and Director: Rachael Savage Reviewer: Daryl Holden Offering a painfully truthful and poignant look into the cause and effect that Post Traumatic Stress can have on an individual, What Vamos Theatre have created with A Brave Faceis nothing short of impressive. Even more impressive then, is that they manage to do it all without saying a single word. It’s 2009 ...

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Iliza Schlesinger – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jay Nuttall American stand-up star and Netflix sensation Iliza Schlesinger has a few dates on the other side of the Atlantic. Gigs in the UK, northern Europe and Scandinavia begin in Salford and, such is her rare appearance, her super fans ensure a sell-out. Game show and chat show host, author and successful comedian she may be in the ...

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Lucy Porter: Choose Your Battles- The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Lucy Porter is so ‘conflict-adverse’ that she avoids arguments even when she is in the right. But a parenting book entitled Choose Your Battles not only nudges Lucy towards changing her attitude it also inspires her new show. Lucy Porter is her own Support Act and the first 45 minutes or so of her show do not do ...

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Richard Herring: Oh Frig I’m 50 – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs Ten years ago, in the depths of a mid-life crisis, Richard Herring’s stand-up showOh Fuck I’m 40 was an angry rant at the world. Single, drinking too much and hankering after his youth, Herring got some great material out of his increasingly dysfunctional life. Never one to hold back, his personal life laid out for all to ...

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A Moderate Soprano – Duke of York’s Theatre, London

Writer: David Hare Director: Jeremy Herrin Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Some rather good jokes are scattered throughout this piece. Gentle ones, polite ones. The type one could have expected in the drawing room at Totleigh Towers among the noblesse of interwar Britain. Hare, first producing this play in 2015, has captured an idea of upper-class language and humour excellently - whether ...

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