Home / North West (page 20)

North West

Give Me Your Love – The Lowry, Salford

Writers: David Woods and Jon Haynes Directors: David Woods and Jon Haynes Reviewer: Jo Beggs Dr. Ben Sessa and his team in Bristol might be about to make a major breakthrough in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. And they need to. With a rising number of cases emerging, especially among military personnel who have fought in recent conflicts, ...

Read More »

Opera North: Cinderella/La Cenerentola – The Lowry, Salford

Composer:  Gioachino Rossini Director: Aletta Collins Conductor: Wyn Davies Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Although promoted as part of their season of dark fairy tales Opera North strip away all supernatural elements from their modern-day production of Rossini’s Cinderella. Director Aletta Collins takes inspiration from the alternate title for the opera Goodness Triumphant. Angelina (known by the nickname Cinderella and played by ...

Read More »

Liz Aggiss: Slap and Tickle – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Andrea Allen Performed the day after International Women’s Day, the subject matter couldn’t be further on point. Slap And Tickle is a direct commentary on women and the cultural images, old wives tales and deeply entrenched conceptions associated with them. Conceived, written, choreographed and performed by Liz Aggiss, this solo performance is a sublimely subversive smorgasbord of multigenerational pop ...

Read More »

Jamie MacDonald: Hi-Vis – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Andrea Allen Whether regaling you with tales of bigoted taxi drivers, recalling far too sordid details of a lads’ holiday to Magaluf or enlightening you with the knowledge that Game of Thrones’ audio description exists, Jamie Macdonald’s Hi-Vis precariously toes the fine line between appropriate and inappropriate, largely veering hilariously and entirely consciously towards the latter. MacDonald is a ...

Read More »

Hansel and Gretel (Opera North) – The Lowry, Salford

Composer: Engelbert Humperdinck  Author : Adelheid Wette based upon the story by the Brothers Grimm Director: Edward Dick  Conductor: Christoph Altstaedt Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Although Hansel and Gretel is relatively modest,with a cast of just six, Opera North are determined to offer value for money. Upon entering The Lowry patrons are greeted by the orchestra’s brass section playing in the ...

Read More »

Beryl – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Writer: Maxine Peake Director: Gemma Fairlie Reviewer: Carol Lovatt It seems fitting to write a review of Beryl by Maxine Peake on International Women’s Day. The world-beating cyclist Beryl Burton from Yorkshire, was a woman who soared to incredible sporting highs at a time when women were not taken seriously in the competitive cycling world,  In fact, it was Beryl ...

Read More »

Funny Girl – Liverpool Empire

Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl

Music: Julie Styne Lyrics: Bob Merrill Book: Isobel Lennart Revised Book: Harvey Fierstein Director: Michael Mayer Reviewer: John Roberts Sheridan Smith is a performer who, over the past few years, has had her own demons to quash and battled regularly with press intrusion, so it is no surprise that she brings real weight and gravitas to the role of Fanny ...

Read More »

Pygmalion – Playhouse, Liverpool

Writer: George Bernard Shaw Director: Sam Pritchard Reviewer: Abbie Rippon Shaw’s iconic play about the role language and speech plays within the spheres of the social classes has been re-wired and re-vamped for this 2017 production by Headlong and their associated partners. Many readers will be familiar with the play, either because they know the musical My Fair Lady which ...

Read More »