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Taha – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Amer Hlehel  Translator/Director Amir Nizar Zuabi Director: Amir Nizar Zuabi Reviewer: Jo Beggs Growing up in Palestine in the 1940s, Taha Muhammed Ali was already proving himself a shrewd businessman and intellectual in his mid-teens. Full of determination and with an intense thirst for learning, Taha takes it upon himself to drag his family out of poverty and delights ...

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The Hound of the Baskervilles – Great Northern Warehouse, Manchester

Writer: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Adaptor/Director: Thomas Moore Reviewer: Donna Kelly When Northern Rep launched late last year, the new theatre co-operative promised to deliver shows that are innovative, affordable and unpredictable… and their barking spoof of The Hound of the Baskervilles is certainly that. Based loosely on classic mystery by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles ...

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Simon and Garfunkel: Through the Years – The Lowry, Salford

Simon & Garfunkel by Bookends

Writer: Paul Simon Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The term ‘Tribute Act’ is often used simply as a shorthand way of attracting audiences who want an undemanding night out listening to live re-creations of songs by groups who have disbanded or no longer play live. In the case of Dan Haynes and Pete Richards, who perform under the name Bookends, there is ...

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The First Hippo on the Moon – The Lowry, Salford

  Writer: David Wallaims Company: Les Petits Reviewer: Clare Boswell  Based on the bestselling book by David Walliams, the critically acclaimed production of The First Hippo on the Moon has been adapted by acclaimed award winning Theatre company Les Petits, is currently on tour and myself and my young companions (aged 5 and 2) had the pleasure of seeing it at The ...

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Declaration – The Lowry, Salford

Publicity Image for Art witH Heart's Declaration

Writer/Director: Sarah Emmott and Rachel Moorhouse. Reviewer: Sam Lowe. Informative, witty, and honest are some of the labels which can be placed onto Declaration. This is not the first show to explore themes of mental health and what impact a label has on a person. Nevertheless, the performance is a unique and detailed exploration of these subjects. This is an autobiographical performance ...

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Shirley Valentine – The Lowry, Salford

Jodie Prenger as Shirley Valentine

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Glen Walford Reviewer: Jo Beggs By 1986, when he wrote Shirley Valentine, Willy Russell had already established himself as one of the country’s most acclaimed comic playwrights. Educating Rita had already, and fairly swiftly, made its way from the stage to the screen and Russell had proven that eighties man could speak with a powerful feminist ...

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Wonderland – Liverpool Empire

Stephen Webb and Kerry Ellis in Wonderland

Book: Gregory Boyd and Jack Murphy Music: Frank Wildhorn Lyrics: Jack Murphy Director: Lotte Wakeham Reviewer: Matt Forrest  Wonderland sees the characters from the Lewis Carroll tales of Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass given a modern day make over with a political message to boot. Alice (Kerry Ellis) is now a 40-year-old single mum with all manner ...

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Talking Heads – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Ben Occhipinti Reviewer: May Mellstrom Alan Bennett's series Talking Heads showcased the art of the monologue on television to great acclaim; here, three of those mini-masterpieces make the leap from screen to stage in the Octagon's quietly captivating production. The television format has its benefits, camera close-ups provide a window into each characters world that the ...

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