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Oh What a Lovely War – Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Oldham

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Book & Music: Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop, Charles Chilton, Gerry Raffles,  and members of the original cast Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Jo Beggs When Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop conceived what was to become their most lasting piece of theatre, the Second World War was still a vivid memory for most of the cast. Littlewood herself had lived through two, having ...

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Rita, Sue And Bob Too – The Octagon Theatre, Bolton

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Writer:  Andrea Dunbar Director: Max Stafford-Clark Reviewer: Richard Hall In its special 50th anniversary season, Bolton’s Octagon theatre has teamed up with Out of Joint and London’s Royal Court Theatre to revive this classic 1980’s coming of age play. Playwright Andrea Dunbar was discovered by Max Stafford-Clark when he was running the Royal Court and was only 19 when she ...

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Justin Moorhouse: People and Feelings – Paines Roundabout, Little Hulton

Reviewer: Matt Forrest Justin Moorhouse signals his arrival into this unique, homely venue ringing what is best described as a school bell, the sort used to herd school kids into class before the 1990’s. As Moorhouse points out no good news was ever given after a bell was rang; however that changes tonight with Moorhouse delivering a solid hour of stand-up ...

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Black Mountain – Paines Roundabout, Little Hulton

Writer: Brad Birch Director: James Grieve Reviewer: Andrea Allen Rebecca and Paul are off on a country break. But this is far from the idyllic isolated getaway, it’s time for an intervention, they’re here to save their relationship. As the couple try to work through their issues, the mind-games begin, and as reality and paranoia blur through the isolated landscape, ...

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Alex Boardman: What Eric Said – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest It has been famously said that “You should never meet your heroes”, well in the case of Manchester comic and footy fan Alex Boardman, not only did he meet his hero, he was the opening act! I am of course referring to Eric Cantona, who in February of this year sold out four shows at the Lowry ...

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Loving Her, Loving Him – The Kings Arms, Salford

Writer/Director: Stephen M Hornby Reviewer: Jim Gillespie Inkbrew Productions latest venture is deliberately bold and controversial. Tackling the labyrinthine torments of the political history of the past half century through the prism of two diametrically opposed political parties, and the outlaw standpoint of marginalised minorities sets the stage for conflict and confrontation. Slightly less obviously, the resulting drama yields humour, ...

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Mr Darcy Loses the Plot – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Maggie Fox & Sue Ryding Reviewer: Lizz Clark "Women writers," Mr. Darcy scoffs, as Jane Austen brings him to life at the beginning of the show. Convinced that he is getting an unfair deal from her, he takes matters into his own hands, starting off a chaotic journey through literary space and time in search of a better story. ...

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The Addams Family – The Lowry, Salford

Book: Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice Music and Lyrics: Andrew Lippa Director: Matthew White Reviewer: Tate James Halloween has come early to Salford as The Lowry becomes the new home of The Addams Family. The characters from Charles Addams’ cartoons in The New Yorker became the inspiration for the TV series and then the movie, and its famous theme song ...

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