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Shobana Jeyasingh Dance: Bayadère – The Ninth Life – The Lowry, Salford

Choreography: Shobana Jeyasingh Composer: Gabriel Prokofiev Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Shobana Jeyasingh is a well-established and much-respected British choreographer whose work is rooted in her own British Asian experience and the classical Indian dance she grew up studying. Several years ago she saw a production of the now relatively little-seen (outside London) classical ballet La Bayadère. Created by the legendary Marius ...

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People, Places and Things – HOME, Manchester

Writer: Duncan McMillan Director: Jeremy Herrin with Holly Race Roughan Reviewer: Jay Nuttall “People who aren’t addicted to anything are really missing out”. It may sound trite but it is a line in Duncan McMillan’s superbly crafted play that echoes long after the play ends. For anyone addicted to theatre this is one play you really don’t want to miss. ...

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Team Viking – The Lowry, Salford

man in viking helmet standing in river with torch

Writer: James Rowland Director: Daniel Goldman Reviewer: Andrea Allen Tom. Hell-raising, ludicrous, life of the party, loved by all, diagnosed with heart cancer and dies within three months at the age of 25. As fiction it’s horrendous, as truth it’s even worse. It’ll come as a bit of a surprise that it’s the basis of probably the most celebratory, joyful ...

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Ghost Dances and other works – The Lowry, Salford

Choreography: Christopher Bruce, Kim Brandstrup and Andonis Foniadakis  Music: Arnold Schoenberg and Ilan Eshker Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The current visit to The Lowry by Rambert features a world premiere and the return of one of the company’s best-loved works. Kim Brandstrup’s Transfigured Night is based on the story of an unfaithful wife who tells her husband that the child she ...

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Uncle Vanya – Theatr Clwyd, Mold

Writer: Anton Chekhov Adapter: Peter Gill Translator: Helen Rappaport Director: Tamara Harvey Reviewer: Charlie Senate To end the second act, Sonya (Rosie Sheehy), the professor’s assiduous daughter, who, along with her uncle Vanya [Jamie Ballard], manages the estate which has funded her father’s academic career, giddily begs her step-mother Elena (Shanaya Rafaat) to play a little diddy. “Oh, do, do! ...

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The Band – Manchester Opera House

Director: Kim Gavin and Jack Ryder Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen The Band is a new production that has been created off the back of the international success of boy group Take That, and that sparked a TV search for five aspiring pop stars. Making its debut in Manchester, it is at once both fun and ridiculous, providing a real throwback to ...

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Gypsy Queen – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Rob Ward Director: Adam Zane Reviewer:  Katherine Kirwin Two fighters command the stage in separate spotlights and rush forth a spoken word style monologue; one is ‘Gorgeous George’ a scrappy Northern Catholic bare-knuckle fighter and the other is Dean ‘The Pain’ Clayton who is part of a boxing dynasty with greatness lying before him. When there are doubts about ...

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Brainiac Live – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jay Nuttall The phrase “don’t try this at home” could have been created for this show. Brainiac Live is an hour of high-energy stuff both in terms of performance and what may get blown up onstage. Fizzing with combustive elements you need to watch some of it with your fingers in your ears. For those who seem to remember ...

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