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Turn 2017 – Contact, Manchester

Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Turn 2017 – a night of new northern dance - is Manchester’s grassroots microfestival of local dance artists and dance makers showing excerpts and works in progress, presented by Word of Warning and Contact. Turn returns for its ninth year with a slightly different format in that all the dance work is concentrated into one evening of ...

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Kandace Springs – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham  The title of Kandace Springs’s new album may be Soul Eyes but the stage at The Lowry is definitely set for jazz.  It is a merciless stripped down format – Springs on very impressive grand piano is accompanied only by Jesse Bielenberg on double bass and Dillon Treacy on drums. The lack of guitar and horns means ...

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I Capture the Castle – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Book & Lyrics: Teresa Howard Music: Steven Edis Director: Brigid Larmour Reviewer: May Mellstrom 'I write this sitting in the kitchen sink'. Readers of Dodie Smith's 1948 novel I Capture the Castle will all recognise this famous opening line, which is kept intact by Teresa Howard and Steven Edis to launch their new musical adaptation of the classic coming-of-age tale. ...

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How My Light Is Spent – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Alan Harris Director: Liz Stevenson Reviewer: Jo Beggs Once a week Jimmy spends nine minutes on a premium-rate phone line to Kitty. As the minutes and his hard-earned cash tick away at £1.20 a minute, Kitty makes him just a bit feel less lonely. Alan Harris’s clever, poignant play reads like an epic poem, its urgent dialogue and scene-setting ...

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Bucket List – The Lowry, Salford

Director: Nir Paldi Reviewer: Andrea Allen You’ve been given three months to live. You’ve got nothing to lose. What would you do? Go out and kill your worst enemy? Maybe a few of them? In vengeance for her mother’s death after she is gunned down for speaking out against capitalist and governmental corruption, Bucket List tells the story of Milagros, a ...

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The Lost Boy – St Mary’s Creative Space, Chester

Writer: Stephanie Dale Director: Kate McGregor Reviewer: Clare Boswell Two years in the making, The Lost Boy is the latest offering by Chester-based company Theatre in the Quarter and is a timely and compelling piece based around the current refugee crisis. Writer Stephanie Dale has impressively covered a lot of ground in this 90-minute play, balancing a heart-felt and personal ...

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Wonderland – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Steven Webb and Kerry Ellis in Wonderland

Book: Gregory Boyd & Jack Murphy UK Adaptor: Robert Hudson Music: Frank Wildhorn Lyrics: Jack Murphy Director: Lotte Wakeham Reviewer: Sarah Holt Wonderland has hit UK stages at just the right time. In a country where news of elections and international unrest is hitting the headlines every day, there are more than a few people who wish they could jump ...

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Stephen Bailey: Nation’s Sweetheart – The Lowry, Salford

Stephen Bailey

Reviewer: Matt Forrest Stephen Bailey is on a quest to become the Nation’s Sweetheart, but how do you achieve such lofty heights? Well Bailey’s route to our hearts is through a series of male appendage jokes and a string of online dating faux pas:  well if a smorgasbord of ‘dick’ jokes were a measuring stick of our national treasures then ...

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