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Private Peaceful – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Adaptor/Director: Simon Reade Reviewer: John Roberts “I want to believe in Heaven, that there is life after death!” Based on the true stories of 300 British soldiers who were shot for cowardice during World War I – Michael Morpurgo’s tragic but beautifully constructed story hits an emotional punch as Tommo Peaceful recounts his life story on the ...

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Kernow King: Splann – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Helen Jones Kernow King left his beloved Cornwall for one night, on St Piran's Day no less, to come and entertain the people of Salford and entertain he did. Kernow is the Cornish word for Cornwall and this is very Cornish centric comedy but no less funny for that. Kernow King opens his show by asking how many people ...

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Opera North: The Girl of the Golden West– The Lowry, Salford

Music by: Giacomo Puccini Libretto Guelfo Civini and Carlo Zangarini Director: Aletta Collins Conductor: Richard Farnes Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Sung in Italian with a story set during the California gold rush ‘The Girl of the Golden West’ could be described as a ‘spaghetti opera’. The gold miners who patronise The Polka saloon are not clichéd hard drinking gamblers. Instead they ...

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Eat Pray Laugh: The Barry Humphries Farewell Tour – Opera House, Manchester

Director: Simon Phillips Reviewer: Seb Farrell Barry Humphries is back in Manchester for the first time since 1995 to officially bring the curtain down on his touring career and comedy creations such as Sir Les Patterson, Sandy Stone and of course the ‘gigastar’ house wife herself the incomparable Dame Edna Everage. The evening kicks off with wild abandon in the ...

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Vincent Dance Theatre: Motherland – Contact, Manchester

Director: Charlotte Vincent Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Vincent Dance Theatre are a highly regarded contemporary dance-theatre ensemble, who aim to explore and capture not only human experience but also the nature of performance itself. Their work feels in a similar vein to Forced Entertainment – a theatre contemporary of Sheffield in the mid-90s. Motherland aims to reveal the “complex internal and ...

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For Their Own Good – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Writers: The company of Untied Artists Director: Steve Johnstone Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin The undoubted star of this show is an unnamed puppet. Never far from centre stage is a life-sized fully-connected horse.The way it is hauled, manoeuvred, hung-up, and drained is excellent theatre.It resembles a bizarre anarchic anatomy lesson that might sit well in an episode of 'The Simpsons'. The ...

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Dial M for Murder – Liverpool Playhouse

Author: Frederick Knott Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: David Noble When confronted by swelling saxophone licks and the slow rumble of percussion, you immediately think: noir – and this is exactly the mood Lucy Bailey is trying to create in her production of ‘Dial M for Murder’. It’s all there: an intensely red set straight out of the David Lynch catalogue, ...

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Only Men Aloud: Spring Tour 2014 – Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl

Director: Melvin Whitfield Artistic Director: Tim Rhys-Evans MBE Reviewer: Steph Rowe Five years after winning the TV talent show Last Choir Standing, Only Men Aloud have continued to wow audiences throughout the country. Although they have trimmed down to a svelte eight members (Wyn Davies, David Fortey, David Mahoney, Paul Rothwell, Craig Yates, Niall Allen, Stephen Hamnett, and Huw Euron) ...

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