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Cirque Berserk – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Iain Sykes Cirque Berserk bring their own particular style of circus artistry to The Lowry stage, announcing themselves with an energetic, acrobatic opening of extreme skipping and from then on in, they make sure that pace and energy remain high right to the very end of the show. Drawing on traditional circus and carnival skills, Cirque Berserk are truly ...

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Tonight’s the Night – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book: Ben Elton Music: Rod Stewart Director: Caroline Jay Ranger Reviewer: Paul Jones Tonight was certainly the night for scores of Rod Stewart fans who gathered at The Palace Theatre to watch The Rod Stewart Musical Tonight's The Night. Ben Elton's script tells the story of Stu, a hapless garage mechanic who unlucky in love, makes a deal with the ...

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Re:Play Festival 2014: One Hand Clapping – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Anthony Burgess Adaptor/Director: Lucia Cox Reviewer: Jim Gillespie This adaptation forms part of the Library Theatre re:play Festival at Salford’s Lowry Theatre. It is adapted from Burgess’ 1961 novel of the same name which he published under the pseudonym of Joseph Kell, and this is not the only hint of Kafka in the production. Burgess’ bitter and sardonic indictment ...

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Re:Play Festival 2014 – The Rise and Fall of a Northern Star : The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Stella Grundy Director: Ian Curley Reviewer: Jim Gillespie Stella Grundy’s one-woman show forms part of the Library Theatre re:play Festival at Salford’s Lowry Theatre. Nearly. As it isn’t actually performed in the theatre. Having mustered in the coffee bar we are shepherded down two floors and along subterranean corridors to arrive at the Lyric Theatre Basement Orchestra Dressing Room. ...

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The Pride – Opera House, Manchester

Writer: Alexi Kaye Campbell Director: Jamie Lloyd Reviewer: Matthew Nichols What have we here then? A play? At the Opera House? The enormous touring venue, usually home to musicals, concerts and pantomime, has dropped a cloth across half of its stalls seating, and is home to this intimate chamber piece, from the Royal Court, via Trafalgar Studios. Hats off to ...

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Miles Jupp Is The Chap You’re Thinking Of – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Tracey Lowe Miles Jupp has come a long way since portraying Archie the Inventor in the children’s TV show ‘Balamory’. He has made frequent appearances on panel shows such as ‘Have I Got News For You?’ and ‘Would I Lie to You?’, not to mention his successful stand-up tour, ‘Fibber in the Heat’, where he recounted how he successfully ...

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Burlesque! – Lowry Theatre, Salford

Reviewer: Iain Sykes Celebrating its sixth birthday, Burlesque at The Lowry aims to serve up a menu of some of the finest acts the genre has to offer. On this particular evening they succeed and then some. An evening of glamour and corsets...and that’s just the audience. Our hostess, the self styled Lesbian Vampire Queen, Rosie Lugosi, in black leather ...

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Mike Wozniak: Take The Hit – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Luke Walker Mike Wozniak has a nemesis. She interrupts conversations with a monkey noise only to tell a dull anecdote. It is, of course - as has always been in the comedy epoch - his mother-in-law. But, much worse, she has moved into the family home. Mike Wozniak really has taken the hit and this is the inspiration behind ...

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