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DeNada Dance Theatre: TORO, Beauty & the Bull – The Lowry, Salford

Choreography: Carlos Pons Guerra Reviewer: Peter Jacobs DeNada Dance Theatre are one of the UK’s most exciting and rapidly upcoming dance companies, led by Spanish choreographer Carlos Pons Guerra, who is based in the UK and divides his time between Birmingham and Leeds – the country’s main dance hubs outside London. He brings to his work an interest in transgression ...

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Alexis Langevin-Tétrault: Interferences – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Alexis Langevin-Tétrault is Montreal-based musician and digital artist presented as part of The Lowry’s digital programming strand. Montreal, we learn, has an unexpectedly rich and vibrant digital and visual arts scene, fuelled by the film and creative industries based there. Langevin-Tétrault has designed and built a new electroacoustic instrument that is best-described as a large deconstructed guitar ...

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Love, Bombs and Apples – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Hassan Abdulrazzak Director: Rosamunde Hutt Reviewer: Lizz Clark Palestine, Pakistan, Bradford, and New York are the settings for the four monologues that make up Love, Bombs and Apples. Along with the widespread settings are a disparate bunch of narrators, from a mild-mannered author to a privileged lobbyist. As the sole performer, Asif Khan has his work cut out: he ...

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Just An Ordinary Lawyer – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Tayo Aluko Director: Amanda Huxtable Reviewer: Matt Forrest Just an Ordinary Lawyer proved something tonight; you don’t need a fancy set or stage trickery to tell a good story: just a fine performance, a captivating script and a musical maestro on the piano. Put all these ingredients into the mix and what you have is a thought-provoking, captivating piece ...

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Hard Times – Liverpool Playhouse Theatre

Writer: Charles Dickens Adaptor: Deborah McAndrew Director: Conrad Nelson Reviewer: Matthew Forrest When you think of the stories of Charles Dickens, Hard Times probably doesn’t register on most people’s top five or even top ten, of his best-loved works. So bearing this in mind, full credit must be given to Northern Broadsides, in particular, writer Deborah McAndrew, for transferring this ...

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Legally Blonde The Musical – Norwich Theatre Royal

Book: Heather Hach Music and Lyrics: Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin Director: Anthony Williams Reviewer: Lu Greer Based on the 2001 film Legally Blonde the Musical follows Elle Woods as she gets into Harvard Law purely to win back an ex-boyfriend. What could easily be an uncomfortable story of a girl who’s only ambition is love, is instead the story of a ...

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Hairspray – Opera House, Manchester

Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Wittman & Marc Shaiman Book: Mark O'Donnell & Thomas Meehan Director: Paul Kerryson Reviewer: Lizz Clark There's little more uplifting than a musical about the transformative power of dancing and singing. Hairspray is the tale of Tracy Turnblad, the big little girl growing up in 1960s Baltimore whose youthful exuberance sparks a revolution. Together with ...

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Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok – Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: In-Sook Chappell Director: Jennifer Tang Reviewer: Andrea Allen “I’m the English girl who grew up in a chippy…I’m a fake, I don’t belong here”. Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok opens with Helen (Siu-See Hang); an accomplished Cambridge graduate working as a financial lawyer in Hong Kong, on paper she has it all, in her heart something is missing. ...

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