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Nightlight / A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Lowry, Salford

Writer: Francesca Waite / William Shakespeare Director: Ralph Casson / Tara Daniels Reviewer: Paul Downham This double header performed by The Lowry Young Actors Company takes a new play based on the Grimm Tales and an all time classic Shakespeare work, and presented them in the Studio theatre to a packed audience. First up Nightlight, written by Francesca Waite, follows ...

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Breakout – Brazennose House, Manchester

Reviewer: Craig Hepworth Breakout is a new game/experience now running in Manchester. With versions already playing in Europe and in London to great success this perfect night out now arrives in the city and hopefully will enjoy the same success here. The concept is relatively simple, think the games in films like saw (minus the decapitations of course). A group ...

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Love Story – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Eric Segal Book and Lyrics: Stephen Clark Music and additional Lyrics: Howard Goodall Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: Stephanie Rowe As powerful and devastatingly haunting, witty, romantic, tear-jerking and heart-wrenching as the original novel by Eric Segal which was also turned into an iconic film starring Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw Love Story has the ability to turn even the ...

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Patrick Monahan & Harriet Dyer – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs Dyer and Monahan hit the Lowry Studio, each with an as-yet untested hour of stand up in preparation for the Edinburgh Fringe. There’s a small crowd in the Lowry Studio on a Friday night and they’re mostly here to see Monahan. Whether it’s his recent appearance on the BBC’s Splash! (in which celebrities attempted to master the ...

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Morecambe – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Tim Whitnall Director: Paul Hendy Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise formed one of the UK’s funniest and, certainly the most loved, comedy acts. Celebrities would cheerfully allow themselves to be shown up by the duo knowing it would prove to the nation they were good eggs. Yet one approaches Morecambe with a degree of caution simply ...

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Blackbird – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: David Harrower Director: Gordon Hamlin Reviewer: Tracey Lowe   A lot of people see a trip to the theatre as a form of escapism. A chance to unwind and be entertained for a couple of hours. So a play about child abuse is not exactly an easy sell. But David Harrower’s Blackbird is a fascinating, moving and challenging piece, ...

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Tiernan Douieb & Chris Coltrane – The Lowry Salford

Reviewer: Paul Downham Tiernan Douieb opened his show at The Lowry by thanking the audience for turning up despite the combination of sunshine and football being alternative ways to spend the evening. The lure of these two bastions of the UK were seemingly too much for many to refuse as the audience totalled no more than two dozen members. Douieb ...

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Billy Liar – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall Director: Sam Yates Reviewer: Laura Maley Billy Fisher is an office clerk, living with his parents and grandmother. He stays out too late, and dates multiple girls. He doesn’t get on with his father and his mother is frequently told she is too lenient with him. So far, so humdrum. But Billy lies. Whether ...

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