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Rubber Ring – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: James McDermott Reviewer: Lizz Clark If you like 1980s teen movies, you'll probably enjoy Rubber Ring, James McDermott's semi-autobiographical one-man show. Its hero, Jimmy, is a sarcastic teenager with a heart of gold, stuck in Sheringham with nothing but his love of Morrissey and a growing determination to escape. We travel with him as he leaves his lonely bedroom ...

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Songs For The End Of The World – Liverpool Everyman

Writers: Dom Coyote, Michael Vale and Tom Penn Director: Dom Coyote Reviewer: Daryl Holden Songs for the End of the World has an undoubtedly intriguing premise. A part gig, part show following a man who, when the world turns on itself, is left suspended in Earth’s orbit on his way to kick-start a new Eden on Mars.  Now, with nothing ...

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The Wipers Times – Opera House, Manchester

Writers: Ian Hislop & Nick Newman Director: Caroline Leslie Reviewer: May Mellstrom Whilst enduring the horror and brutality of the trenches during the First World War a group of soldiers of the 24th Division, the Sherwood Foresters, salvaged an old printing press from a bombed out building in the Belgium town of Ypres, mispronounced as Wipers by British soldiers.  Led ...

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Hedda Gabler- The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Henrik Ibsen in a new version by Patrick Marber Director: Ivo van Hove Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The National Theatre’s production of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler takes a very modern approach to a classic text. Hedda Gabler (Lizzy Watts) feels that she is living below her expectations. Having sown her wild oats in her youth with the free-spirited writer Lovborg (Richard ...

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Be//Longing – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Rebekah Harrison et al Director: Matt Hassall and Take Back Theatre Reviewer: Lizz Clark Headlines refer to "swarms" of immigrants and political campaigns focus on "taking back control" of Britain and its borders. Migration is a pressing issue of our time, but how often do we hear the real stories of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers? In partnership with ...

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Lee Nelson: Serious Joker –The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest Breathe a sigh of relief people for Lee Nelson is out of ‘the clink’, well more accurately the man behind Nelson....comedian Simon Brodkin has been released following his invasion of the Tory party conference, where he rather cheekily gave Theresa May her marching orders. The last time we saw Brodkin he was being escorted out of the ...

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Your Toys – The Lowry, Salford

Devised by Slot Machine Theatre Directors: Nicola Blackwell, Fiona Creese and Nick Tigg Reviewer: Jay Nuttall “Bring your toy to the theatre” says the blurb, “we’ll take it, and all the other toys on a gigantic adventure”. The marketing is great and the premise of this show is wonderful. A family show for five-to-nine-year-olds, you can bring a prized possession ...

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Around The World in 80 Days – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Jules Verne Adaptor: Laura Eason Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Daryl Holden 125 characters, eight actors, six trains, five boats, four fights and an elephant all to get through in 80 days. Impossible? Not for Phileas Fogg and his trusted valet, Passepartout. In this truly enjoyable and faithful adaptation, Phileas Fogg (Andrew Pollard) makes an absurd wager of his entire ...

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