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Northern Ballet: Casanova – The Lowry, Salford

Choreographer: Kenneth Tindall Music: Kerry Muzzey Reviewer: Tate James The name Casanova is synonymous with the ultimate lover in modern parlance but far lesser known are the details of his story. Giacomo Casanova’s mind is constantly distracted from his training as a priest, by desires both intellectual and sexual. Seduced by convent girls and dismissed from the church with only ...

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Swear School – Contact, Manchester

Man in glasses and teacher's mortar board

Writer: Thick Richard Reviewer: Andrea Allen It’s back to school time, but this isn’t your standard comprehensive school, this is Swear School. Time to swot up on your A-Z of swearing, there will be questions and if you’re good you might even get a sticker. Accompanied by Brat, a polystyrene puppet school-child who’s had his mouth washed out with soap ...

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Swansong – The Lowry, Salford

Two men, two women adrift on a swan pedalo

Writer: Sadie Spencer and Tom Black Director: George Chilcott Reviewer: Jo Beggs Steven, Claire, Andy and Bobby are the last survivors in a globally warmed and flooded world. Adrift on a swan-shaped pedalo, the four strangers start to make plans for their post-apocalyptic world.  Of course, they’re not exactly the people you’d hope to be stranded with at the end ...

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The Lonesone West – The Royal Court, Liverpool

Writer: Martin McDonagh Director: Robert Farquhar Reviewer: John Roberts Moving away from the big, bold and brash scouse comedies that the Royal Court usually produces is a brave move, but there is something very familiar with their choice of producing Irish playwright Martin McDonagh’s darkly comic play The Lonesome West. Making his Royal Court debut Liverpool based director Robert Farquhar ...

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Hoax: My Lonely Heart – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Ravi Thornton Composer: Minute Taker Director: Benjamin Reid Reviewer: Abbie Rippon HOAX My Lonely Heart is one section of a personal and potentially groundbreaking three-part project by Ravi Thornton which includes the musical, an app and the graphic novel Hoax Psychosis Blues which are all part of the HOAX Our Right to Hope project. These three elements tell Rob’s story, about ...

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Red Hot Chilli Pipers – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matthew Forrest The Red Hot Chilli Pipers have been performing their unique mix of traditional Scottish music blended with indie and rock classics for well over 15 years now, like another of Scotland’s major exports... Whiskey: the traditionalists out there love a fine malt whiskey, whilst turning their noses up at some of the fine blends which are out ...

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Turn 2017 – Contact, Manchester

Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Turn 2017 – a night of new northern dance - is Manchester’s grassroots microfestival of local dance artists and dance makers showing excerpts and works in progress, presented by Word of Warning, Contact, Dance Manchester and Manchester Dance Consortium. Turn returns for its ninth year with a slightly different format in that all the dance work is ...

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Kandace Springs – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham  The title of Kandace Springs’s new album may be Soul Eyes but the stage at The Lowry is definitely set for jazz.  It is a merciless stripped down format – Springs on very impressive grand piano is accompanied only by Jesse Bielenberg on double bass and Dillon Treacy on drums. The lack of guitar and horns means ...

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