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Paul Carrack: Come Rain or Shine Tour) – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Live performance offers musicians the chance to reinterpret their back catalogue and find new meaning in old favourites. Paul Carrack on the other hand chooses to play note-perfect renditions of his hits and so demonstrate that he doesn’t need studio trickery to deliver the goods. It is an approach that finds favour with the packed audience at ...

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Bond: Licence To LOL – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Gavin Robertson Reviewer: Jo Beggs One man…one hour…one fictional phenomenon. Bond: Licence to LOL sees solo performer Gavin Robertson deliver a fast paced but gentle parody of all things 007. There’s so much potential material that it’s a surprise the Reduced Shakespeare Company didn’t get here first, and rather a shame they didn’t, as much of it fails to ...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet: The Prince of the Pagodas – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Benjamin Britten Director and Choreographer: David Bintley Conductor: Koen Kessels Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Staging ‘The Prince of the Pagodas’, Benjamin Britten’s only full-length ballet, presents difficulties for producers. The score is too long for comfort and suggests tenderness rather than the grand passion of love. David Bintley’s imaginative new production for the Birmingham Royal Ballet solves some, but not ...

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Amateur Transplants: Adam Kay’s Bum Notes – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Tracey Lowe Although you may not recognise Adam Kay by his name, chances are that over the last ten or so years someone has sent you a viral video of one of his songs. Kay specialises in parodies of popular songs, his most popular being a particularly scathing number about the London underground to the tune of The Jam’s ...

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David Baddiel: Fame (Not the Musical) – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Seb Farrell Fame, as a society we're fixated by it, we spend millions of pounds on inane celebrity gossip magazines, indulge hours of our time watching overly emotional youngsters desperately pursuing it and now have the capacity to follow our favourite celebrities on social media sites such as twitter, which is under the microscope on more than one occasion ...

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Re:Play Festival 2014 : Away From Home – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Rob Ward and Martin Jameson Director: Martin Jameson Reviewer: Craig Hepworth Every so often a fringe play comes along that really raises the bar, Manchester has had quite a few over the past few years and Away From Home is no exception. First seen during last year’s 24/7 theatre festival where it was easily the stand out show, the ...

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The Judgement of Hakim – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Andrew Sherlock Director: Mark Smith Reviewer: John Roberts No reviewer was harmed in the writing of this review. One followed the steps carefully thus making me safe! Originally deemed too dangerous for the Amnesty International Theatre Award, Sherlock’s frightening psychological thriller is made up of every fear we have of living in a modern society. Just how much do ...

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