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Eddie Izzard: Believe Me – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Clare Boswell Eddie Izzard is a remarkable man. From avidly watching his many shows over the years, including Dressed to Kill, Unrepeatable and Glorious it is undoubtable that Izzard is a first-class stand-up. However, what has become apparent since then is his many other talents ranging from acting through to his gargantuan feat of running 27 marathons in 27 ...

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The Ruby Slippers – Arts Theatre, London

Writer: Emma Culshaw and David Paul Director: Craig Ryder Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Is tolerance much harder when it’s someone you know? In theory rights and freedoms are all very well, especially when they don’t affect your day-to-day life but if someone you care about decides to live an alternative lifestyle, is that harder to accept? Emma Culshaw and David Paul’s ...

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Trolley Girls – The King’s Arms, Salford.

Writer/Director: Jessica Forest and Olivia Nicholson. Reviewer: Sam Lowe What an eye catching name for a theatre company. Sugar Butties Theatre are a young company, who have developed Trolley Girls for a while, taking it to various theatre festivals around the country. Tonight, this two-hander performance is presented as part of The Greater Manchester Fringe, and it slots right in ...

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King Kong (A Comedy) – The Vaults, London

Writer: Daniel Clarkson Director: Owen Lewis Reviewer: Saoirse Anton With eight films released since 1933, and another planned, King Kong has been a cinematic stalwart for over eight decades. Despite, or perhaps as a result of, his status as a classic cinema character, bringing Kong from the screen to the stage is almost as daunting as bringing him from Skull ...

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The Land of My Fathers and Mothers and Some Other People – The Boat Shed, Exeter

Writer & Performer:  Rhys Slade-Jones Reviewer:  Becca Savory Fuller The Land of My Fathers… is presented as a work-in-progress production at Exeter’s newest performance space, The Bike Shed Theatre’s pop-up summer venue, The Boat Shed.  So, how to review a piece that’s so clearly in an early stage of development?  Lead-artist Rhys Slade-Jones forgets what’s coming next, trips over his ...

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Mumburger – Old Red Lion, London

Writer: Sarah Kosar Director: Tommo Fowler Reviewer: Stephen Bates Tragedy strikes far away and near. In their East London home, Hugh and Tiffany see television news channels leading with reports of many dead in a roller coaster accident in China, but it is the secondary story of a car crash on the M25 that grabs their attention because the sole fatality ...

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Fernando – New Ohio Theater, New York

(Fernando) (Ice Factory Festival, New Ohio Theatre) (NYC) (c)Jonathan Freeland

Writer: Steven Haworth Director: Jamie Richards Reviewer: Robert Price Zach is an American associate professor staying in Madrid to study the paintings of Fernando De La Cruz. Terese is the curator of the gallery, an adept conversationalist who takes an interest in the young professor. A brief conversation in front of the painting becomes lunch at a cafe, and soon ...

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Shirley Valentine – New Theatre, Cardiff

Jodie Prenger as Shirley Valentine

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Glen Walford Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Holiday time is here, and with it come thoughts of jetting off to exotic climes, sunshine and wine, with maybe a touch of romance thrown in.  How timely, then, is a revival of Shirley Valentine, Willy Russell’s enduringly popular 1986 rom-com.  First written as a one-act play, it was presented on ...

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