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Spring Reign – The Lowry, Salford

Arabic man next to wreckage of tank

Writer: Rob Johnston Director: Benedict Power Reviewer: Andrea Allen If someone asked you to conjure up a picture of Aleppo, it’s likely you’d picture a smoldering wreck, plunged into desolation, a place more akin to a building site that a bustling metropolis. Summoning an image of the decadent architecture, green spaces, busy marketplaces and clean streets millions once called home ...

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Stepmother/Stepfather – The Lowry, Salford

Choreographer/Director: Arthur Pita Reviewer: Andrea Allen Like your fairytales with a nice ending? Arthur Pita and HeadSpaceDance folklore inspired double-bill Stepmother / Stepfather is as far from all smiles as it gets. If you’re expecting a comforting, feel-good evening with a few pliés and twirls, you’d best leave now. Inspired by Country Death Song, a song by folk punk band ...

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The Crucible – Opera House, Manchester

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Douglas Rintoul Reviewer: Andrea Allen    Written as a stark allegory reflecting the tide of betrayal, fear and deceit he saw amid the governmental communist-hunt of 1950s America. Arthur Miller’s telling of the Salem Witch Trials will ever be, in Miller’s own words, “a warning of tyranny on the way or a reminder of tyranny just past”, ...

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Bridget Christie: Because You Demanded It – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Lizz Clark Early on in her set, speeding off on a sideways train of thought, the award-winning comic starts to sashay and stride around the stage like an extra from a Ministry of Silly Walks sketch. Knees flailing and arms akimbo, she hams up an East End accent and strings lots of long words together without saying very much. ...

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Tony Law – The Lowry – Salford

Tony Law hugging a tree

Reviewer: Matt Forrest If you’re looking for a string of gags or a set of one-liners you can pass off when you’re down the pub with your mates, then sadly Tony Law is not the man for you: during the 80minute set, not a single joke was told. However, what we are treated to is a journey into the mind ...

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Ellen Kent’s Aida – Palace Theatre, Manchester.

Music: Giuseppe Verdi. Libretto: Antonio Ghislanzoni. Director: Ellen Kent. Conductors: Nicolae Dohotaru and Vasyl Vasylenko. Reviewer: Sam Lowe. For 25 years, Ellen Kent has been producing and touring opera and ballet in the UK. Kent's productions have reached audience numbers of around five million people since 1995. In her own words, Kent attempts to make opera "entertaining and visually spectacular ...

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Tank – HOME, Manchester

Two men with dark background

Writer: Billy Barrett, Ellice Stevens, Joe Boylan, Craig Hamilton, Victoria Watson Director: Billy Barrett and Ellice Stevens Reviewer: Andrea Allen It’s 1965. High-school drop-out Margaret Lovatt journeys across her Caribbean Island hometown and talks her way into a job at a cutting-edge animal research lab. Fast forward a bit and she’s living in a fully-waterproofed house with Peter the dolphin ...

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