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Rory Bremner: Partly Political – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest It seems odd these days that most stand-up comedians have to introduce themselves before arriving on stage: so when the announcer heralds Rory Bremner’s imminent entrance in a broad northern accent, you would be forgiven for thinking“wow Bremner is pushing the boat out tonight”, but then you realize it’s Bremner himself and a timely reminder at just ...

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An Audience with Bob and Barry Cryer – Tara Theatre, London

Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Now aged 81, Barry Cryer has been a comedy writer and performer for over 60 years, and so has accrued an endless array of jokes and reminiscences that his anecdotes are said to hunt in packs. While billed as an evening to promote Cryer’s forthcoming crowdfunded collection of parrot jokes (to be co-written with son Bob Cryer), ...

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Griff Rhys Jones: Jones and Smith – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs Griff Rhys Jones says he doesn’t like going to parties, which is strange because coming out of this show feels just like leaving one – a party full of middle-aged friends at which the jovial host has shared some funny stories and you’ve all been pleasantly reminded of things that happened, and people you knew, 25 years ...

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Grayson Perry: Typical Man in a Dress – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Grayson Perry Reviewer:  Stephen M Hornby Typical Man In A Dress might be described as a polemic, except that it really isn’t that polemical.  It is essentially a one man illustrated lecture; Grayson Perry presenting his meditations on masculinity.  Dressed splendidly in vivid dresses designed by students that he teaches, Perry issues forth on the ills of retromasculinity.  while ...

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The Red Shed – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Mark Thomas Director: Joe Douglas Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Mark Thomas’ fringe award-winning The Red Shed is currently touring around the UK, including a three-night stop at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.  The Red Shed is celebrating the Labour Club’s 50th Anniversary and Thomas takes the opportunity to recreate the club’s history at its shed in Wakefield.  The wooden red shed ...

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Ministry Of Science Live – The Lowry, Salford

Writer/Director: Mark Thompson Reviewer: Harriet Mallion Ministry of Science Live introduces the audience to key scientists and a vast number of noted academics, but this is far from a boring lecture or a school science lesson. This is a production that fizzes, splashes, sparks and explodes with exciting scientific experiments and more than a sprinkling of interesting scientific facts. Our ...

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Joan Collins Unscripted – Lyceum Theatre, Crewe

Director: Peter Taylor Reviewer: Carol Lovatt Joan Collins knows how to pack a theatre. The iconic octogenarian and timeless beauty is currently on a sell-out tour of the UK and as one would expect, fans are queuing up to see her. Unscripted, the title of her latest tour, is an opportunity to get up close and personal with a Hollywood ...

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Nutshell: An Evening with Ian McEwan – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Times have changed. In the past, a book launch involved a group of readers sipping wine and eating cheese nibbles in Waterstones before hesitatingly approaching the author to get an autograph on a first edition they’d picked up cheap in Oxfam. Things are more streamlined, stage-managed and posh these days. For one thing, the books are often ...

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