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The Boy With Tape On His Face Is Tape Face – The Lowry, Salford

Sam Willis as Tape Face

  Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Earlier this year Sam Wills performed on America's Got Talent with a change to his stage name. He shortened his usual title from The Boy with Tape on his Face to simply Tape Face. One might have assumed this was purely for the benefit of Americans who struggle with long phrases but the title of his ...

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Sleeping Beauty– The Coliseum, Oldham

Writers: Fine Time Fontayne and Kevin Shaw Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Ruth Gerrard It’s that time of year again and Oldham Coliseum are first out of the blocks with the 2016 pantomime; Sleeping Beauty.  Renowned for being one of the best in the region; this production does not disappoint. The story of Briar Rose (Demi Goodman); the princess whose fate ...

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Opera North: Il Tabarro / Suor Angelica – The Lowry, Salford

 Music:  Giacomo Puccini Libretto: Giuseppe Adami and Giovacchino Forzano Director: David Pountney and Michael Barker-Caven Conductor: Jac van Steen  Reviewer: Dave Cunningham In the current programme of Opera North shows at The Lowry the double bill of Il Tabarro / Suor Angelica feels like the runt of the litter. After all the other shows are more famous, have lavish sets ...

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Opera North: Billy Budd – The Lowry, Salford

Opera North's Billy Budd

Composer: Benjamin Britten Librettist: E.M.Forster &Eric Crozier after the story by Herman Melville Director: Orpha Phelan Conductor: Garry Walker Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent Opera North has assembled an incredibly varied season this autumn; firstly Strauss, then Britten and finally Puccini. This attests to the wealth of talent that Opera North boats as well as the versatility of its members and the ...

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Manpower – The Lowry, Salford

Two Destination Language - Manpower

Writer: Alister Lownie and Katherina Radeva Director: Alister Lownie and Katherina Radeva Reviewer: Andrea Allen A self-confessed ‘celebration of maleness’, Two Destination Language’s Manpower has some pretty hard-hitting, humorous and honest things to say about men and power. Branches, tree stumps and a flat-pack shed provide the foreground for a DJ booth from which a nostalgic disjointed soundtrack plays, usually ...

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Opera North: Der Rosenkavalier – The Lowry, Salford

Composer: Richard Strauss Librettist: Hugo van Hofmammsthal Director: David McVicar Revival Director: Elaine Tyler-Hall Conductor: Aleksander Markovic Reviewer: Richard Hall With a running time of four hours and requiring a large-spirited cast and lavish settings to portray the aristocratic grandeur and opulence of 18th-Century Vienna, Der Rosenkavlier, is arguably one of the most challenging comic operas in the Operatic repertoire. ...

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When We Are Married – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-Under-Lyme

Writer: J.B Priestley Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Carol Lovatt J B Priestley’s When We Are Married is a comic masterpiece and a wry observation on the joys and perils of that great institution, marriage.  Most famed for the classic An Inspector Calls, Priestly proved in his time that he was a maestro of wide ability in his capacity to dramatise ...

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Heads Will Roll – Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Creators: Told by an Idiot Music: Alicia Martel Director: Paul Hunter Reviewer: Abbie Rippon What is the price we pay for covetousness? What happens when we reach for something unobtainable? Told by an Idiot have explored and attempted to answer these questions with their new show Heads Will Roll exploring the vulnerability of the human being. Are these questions answered..? ...

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