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If These Spasms Could Speak – Home, Manchester

Writer and performer: Robert Softley Reviewer: Richard Hall Robert Softly is one of the many ground-breaking disabled artists that have been invited to perform at this year’s impressive Sick! Festival. In this engaging and warm-hearted show, Robert, recounts with candour and humour a collection of funny, sad and touching stories about his and other people’s disability. Robert was born with ...

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Oyster Boy – Kings Arms, Salford

  Company: Haste Theatre Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Oyster Boy is a dark comedy, adapted from a Tim Burton short story, telling the story of a couple who fall in love and give birth to a son with an oyster-shaped head. The story is a tale of love and acceptance, of conformity and expectations, it is dark and blackly funny. Haste ...

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The Woman in Black – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Susan Hill Adaptor: Stephen Mallatratt Director: Robin Hereford Reviewer: John Roberts The Woman in Black has been scaring audiences in the West End and across the country for close to three decades thanks to Robin Hereford’s spine-chilling production of Susan Hill’s short novella. Adapted for the stage by Stephen Mallatratt, we are gently led into the dark past of ...

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Richard Herring: The Best– The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest We’ve all done it: knocking up a compilation tape or CD for that special someone in our life (I know I’m showing my age).Putting our favourite tunes all in one place can be an arduous task and one that requires a great deal of time and patience, but thoroughly enjoyable in the end. For his latest tour, ...

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To Belong – The Lowry, Salford

Choreographer: Koen De Preter Reviewer: Jo Beggs Theater Stap is a Belgian theatre company that puts people with a learning disability at the core of their work. They bring their dance performance, To Belong, to the Lowry as part of the Sick! Festival.  The company make work that puts the performers’ authenticity first, increasing the visibility of disabled performers. They ...

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The Game – Contact, Manchester

Reviewer: Hannah Hiett Devised with women formerly and currently working in the sex industry, The Game explores the act of buying sex – the rules, the language and the power structures. The Game promises us ‘a real-life game, with levels and consequences.’ And, although some of the pageantry of a game show is here (the musical interludes, the faintly tyrannical ...

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Lolling and Rolling – HOME, Manchester

Reviewer: Andrea Allen Attempting a social, political and linguistic history of the Westernisation of South Korean culture is no mean feat, trying to communicate the entire thing in a second language that you’re not entirely confident in should make it impossible, not for Jaha Koo. Lolling and Rolling is a condensed, well-informed narrative revealed in part through the fictional story ...

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Killing Time – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Zoe Mills Director: Antony Eden Reviewer: Andrea Allen The right to die, it might not be your first port of call for laugh a minute topic, but with fabulously flippant lines like “I’m a prime candidate for a one-way trip to Switzerland”, Zoe Mills’ sharp two-hander is anything but traditional. Performed by mother and daughter Brigit Forsyth and Zoe ...

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