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A Passage To India – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer:  E.M. Forster Adaptor:  Simon Dormandy Directors: Sebastian Armesto & Simon Dormandy Reviewer: Daryl Holden A Passage To India tries to accomplish a lot in its run time. Set in India under British occupation before the First World War, it covers topics such as racism, acceptance, love, loss, false accusations, death, togetherness and prejudice to name but a few. Therefore, ...

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Dancing Bear – Palace Theatre, Manchester 

Writer: Beccy Owen Direction: Jamie Fletcher Original Music: Ric Neale, Beccy Owen & Jamie Fletcher Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Dancing Bear is a new musical commissioned by Contact and presented as part of Queer Contact Festival, celebrating LGBT arts and culture in Greater Manchester. As Contact’s building is closed for major refurbishment this year’s Queer Contact – and the rest of ...

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Strangers on a Train – Opera House, Manchester

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Writer: Patricia Highsmith Adaptor: Craig Warner Director: Antony Banks Reviewer: Matthew Forrest The play opens with a somewhat distorted projection of the American flag, which soon fades leaving just the blood red stripes: it’s a vision that draws you in from the get-go.  Strangers on a Train is that all too familiar of tales that sees the American dream turn ...

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Ahir Shah: Control – The Lowry, Salford.

Reviewer: Paul Maguire Ahir Shah is a comedian on an upward trajectory. This show, Control , was nominated for The Edinburgh Comedy Award (formerly known as The Perrier Award) at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017. He has been described as ‘One of his generation’s most eloquent comedy voices’. He refers to himself as a philosophical stand-up comedian and is ...

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Fairport Convention: Live 2018- The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham In 2017 Fairport Convention celebrated their Golden Anniversary. Their current tour suggests that, as they work towards their 60th Anniversary, the band has caught their second wind. The set list is varied and surprising avoiding a lazy selection of fan favourites for a more refreshing choice of material. Physically, singer/songwriter duo Winter Wilson seem a mismatched couple – ...

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Things I Say When I Don’t Say I Love You – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Sam Brady Director: Hannah Banister Reviewer: Sam Lowe This one-man play is a truthful and realistic depiction of a father and son story in the 21st century. Warm-hearted humour can be found in the differences and similarities between the old and young generation. Ian's dad is diagnosed with dementia. Ian makes the decision to help his father fulfill his ...

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Nina: A Story About me and Nina Simone –  The Lowry, Salford

Concept: Josette Bushell-Mingo Director: Dritëro Kasapi Reviewer Matthew Forrest I’m still picking my jaw up off the floor following some blistering tunes from the Nina Simone song-book, courtesy of the uber-talented singing powerhouse Josette Bushell-Mingo. She absolutely nails versions of Sinnerman, I wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free and Revolution. However, it’s a long road before ...

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Hamlet – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Simon Godwin Reviewer: Jo Beggs When we first encounter Paapa Essiedu’s youthful Hamlet, he’s a black-clad teenager who won’t make eye contact with his mother and step-father. Just married, hot on the heels of Old Hamlet’s unexpected death, they’re seeing off the wedding guests, all smiles and back-slapping. Director Simon Godwin and Designer Paul Wills have ...

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