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Hikikomori: The Shelter – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Joris Mathieu with Haut et Court art collective Director: Joris Mathieu Reviewer: Jo Beggs Teenagers can be hard to deal with. In this confusing world, Japan has coined a name for the phenomenon of self-imposed isolation where teens lock themselves away in their rooms and refuse to communicate – Hikikomori. Nils is in the grips of it. His parents ...

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Jesus Hopped The A Train – HOME, Manchester

Writer: Stephen Adly Guirgis Director: Jake Murray Reviewer: Jo Beggs Angel Cruz has landed himself in prison for shooting a cult leader who has “stolen” his best friend. Angel didn’t set out to kill the Reverend Kim, in fact, he shot him “in the ass” to avoid that very outcome, but now his victim has died during routine surgery and ...

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Count Arthur Strong: Is Alive and Unplugged –  The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest Writer and comedian Steve Delany has been performing as his alter ego Count Arthur Strong for well over 20 years now. Despite the Count’s failed attempts to crack the acting world, and his career dying on its arse, this comedic creation seems to go from strength to strength with several radio programmes, his very own BBC sitcom, ...

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The Albert Lee Band: Live – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Albert Lee opens his set at The Lowry with something of a mission statement – a blistering cover of I’m Ready that confirms his willingness and ability to rock’n’roll all night.  Lee has played sideman / lead guitar for some of the greatest acts in popular music, which gives him legitimate access to a superb back catalogue. ...

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The Assassination of Katie Hopkins – Theatr Clwyd

Writer: Chris Bush Composer: Matt Winkworth Director: James Grieve Reviewer: Matt Yeoman Uncomfortable, unforgiving, unapologetic. Anyone who goes to see this critique of our modern, digital society and who is expecting to sit back, relax and enjoy an exciting journey through a fluffy and heart-warming performance will very be disappointed. The production challenges and at times, is incredibly uncomfortable in ...

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Titanic – The Lowry, Salford

Book: Peter Stone Music and Lyrics: Maury Yeston Director: Thom Southerland Conductor: Mark Aspinall Reviewer: Donna Kelly When composer Maury Yeston first announced he was going to write a musical about the Titanic, it was understandably met with scepticism. A musical about the biggest disaster in maritime history in which 1,503 people lost their lives hardly seems fitting. But instead ...

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Bridget Christie – What Now? – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs Bridget Christie’s recent Radio 4 series saw her at the top of her game. After years on the stand-up circuit with decidedly hit and miss shows that ranged from surreal nonsense to political rant, she seemed to have really discovered her own voice, delivering brilliantly cynical comedy that poked fun at her own liberal elitism in a ...

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DollyWould – HOME, Manchester

Creators: Louise Mothersole and Rebecca Biscuit Reviewer: Sam Lowe Sh!t Theatre is an intriguing name for a company, considering Mothersole and Biscuit have devised a baaarilliant performance. Yes, this is a contemporary performance where Dolly Parton and Dolly the Sheep share the same stage. It unpacks what cloning is in a literal and metaphorical sense, and utilises it to reflect ...

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