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Dark Hearts of Space – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Stanislav Glazov Visuals: Dasha Rush Reviewer: Jo Beggs Dark Hearts of Space is an audio-visual experience created by visual artist Dasha Rush and musician Stanislav Glazov.  Forty minutes of dream-like whirling shapes and colours that loosely tells the story of the formation of black holes. Created by projecting digital images onto a screen and a gauze curtain, and enhanced ...

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A Place Called Happiness – HOME, Manchester

Writer: Debs Gatenby Director: Ashley Knowles Reviewer: Andrea Allen Debs Gatenby’s one woman show tracks her quest to answer the ultimate human question, ‘how to be happy’. Her journey starts on her coffee (or is it red wine?) stained sofa, before bounding to the far-flung Hebridean Island of Eigg, before flying to a seemingly paradisiacal town on the East Coast ...

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John Shuttleworth: My Last Will and Tasty Mint – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Helen Jones English comedy actor and musician Graham Fellowes, who also created the punk rock singer Jilted John, devised fictional singer-songwriter John Shuttleworth in 1986 and is still performing as him 30 years later. Shuttleworth is in his late 50s, from Sheffield and performs his songs on his trustworthy Yamaha keyboard. In this latest tour My Last Will and ...

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You/Me/Tomorrow – Home, Manchester

Writer: Oliver Walton Director:  Anthony Steel Reviewer: Richard Hall With its roots in the former re-play and 24:7 Theatre Festivals, Home’s Push, has become one of the North West’s largest showcases for emerging and established Theatre talent. This year for the first time in an exciting move, Push also features several film screenings and an art exhibition by artist and ...

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time -The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Mark Haddon Adaptor: Simon Stephens Director: Marianne Elliott Reviewer: Jay Nuttall This monster hit of a show is back on the road. Five years after taking London by storm and winning countless awards from runs in the West End and on Broadway it embarks on another UK tour throughout 2017, opening at The Lowry in Salford. Mark Haddon’s bestselling ...

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Mina– Home, Manchester

Creator: Natalie Lebouleux Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin  Mina is a theatrical piece exploring and exposing the use of conversion therapy to ‘cure’ same-sex attraction. It is a theatrical retelling of Natalie Leboulex’s award-nominated short film Paper Thin and blends live performance with stop-motion animation film projected around the stage. Paper lanterns guide the audience, one at a time, down the corridor and ...

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Educating Rita – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: May Mellstrom Talk to anyone about Educating Rita and two names inevitably crop up - Julie Walters and Michael Caine. To those whose only experience of Willy Russell's meaning-of-life tale is the 1983 film, it may come as a surprise to learn it began life three years earlier, as a stage play featuring ...

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Betty– Home, Manchester

Creator: Louise-Clare Henry Director: Martha Simon Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin This one-woman show from Fly in Your Soup Theatre explores the fractured memories and life of Betty, the creator’s great-grandmother, through puppetry, mime, gesture and mask work. Louise-Clare Henry makes clear transitions between each stage of Betty’s life using the recurring prop of Betty’s glasses to move smoothly from the mask ...

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