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Joli Vyann: Imbalance – The Lowry, Salford

Male dancer holding female dancer horizontally above his head

Choreographer: Jonathan Lunn Reviewer: Jo Beggs Jan Patzke and Olivia Quayle are Joli Vyann, a duo who make performances fusing acrobatics and dance. Their work to date has mostly consisted shorter outdoor performances but Imbalance is an hour-long indoor show, performed in the Lowry’s studio space as part of a short tour. The problems with giving this kind of work ...

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Persuasion – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Jane Austin Adaptor: Jeff James with James Yeatman Director: Jeff James Reviewer: Jo Beggs Now here’s a winning formula. Take a two-hundred-year-old classic of English literature, play it on a minimal set and give it a nineties club vibe, while remaining astonishingly true to the original. Sounds impossible, but Jeff James has managed to pull it off with huge ...

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Michael Burndett: Strange Face – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest If you took a gander in a skip, what would you expect to find? Some rubbish? Some house bricks? A broken bar stool may be? If you’re really lucky, a replica of Vladimir Tretchikoff’s painting The Chinese Girl. However, you may strike gold and stumble upon a rare musical recording of one your favourite recording artist. That ...

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Romeo & Juliet – Liverpool Everyman

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: Abbie Rippon If you were to ask anyone to list the ten most famous plays of all time, Romeo & Juliet would be up there. It is one of the most iconic pieces of writing ever produced and has been reworked in a multitude of mediums from films to musicals to ballets; this ...

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The Buddy Holly Story – The Palace Theatre, Mancheste

Glen Joseph as buddy holly

Writer: Alan Janes Director: Matt Salisbury Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen “It’s not that I want to be rich. I just want the world to remember the name Buddy Holly”. Little did a passionate and determined teenage Buddy Holly know quite how much his words and wishes would come true, his music inspiring renowned artists such as The Beatles, Eric Clapton and ...

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The Wedding Singer – Empire Theatre, Liverpool

jon robyns wedding singer king's theatre glasgow

Music: Matthew Sklar Book & Lyrics: Chad Beguelin Book: Tim Herlihy Director: Nick Winston Reviewer: John Roberts Based on the 1997 comedy film of the same name starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore; Matthew Sklar, Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy’s musical adaptation of The Wedding Singer provides plenty of earworms and laughs throughout in a production that is sadly given ...

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Out of this World – The Lowry, Salford

Writer and Director: Mark Murphy Reviewer: Andrea Allen Tracking the story of an injured woman’s disorientating stumble into a medically induced coma, Mark Murphy’s Out of this World combines aerial choreography with projection and sound in an ambitious attempt to enter the tumultuous depths of the comatose mind. Visually, Out of this World does a pretty good job of living ...

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Jon Richardson: Old Man – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Emma Boswell  Jon Richardson, best known as a regular team captain on 8 out of 10 Cats, has brought his Old Man tour to The Lowry for three nights as part of his five-month run. Richardson’s life has changed a lot since his last tour: he has surprised everyone (but mainly himself) in bagging himself a wife (fellow stand-up ...

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