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20thCentury Boy: the Musical – Opera House, Manchester

Music/Lyrics: Marc Bolan Book/Director: John Maher Reviewer: Jo Beggs There must be some mileage in juke-box musicals with so many doing the rounds, but 20thCentury Boy suggests that Producers are getting just a bit lazy with the format. Yes, there’s an audience out there for anything with Marc Bolan’s pretty face on it, but there’s also a handful of good tribute ...

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A Brave Face – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Writer and Director: Rachael Savage Reviewer: Daryl Holden Offering a painfully truthful and poignant look into the cause and effect that Post Traumatic Stress can have on an individual, What Vamos Theatre have created with A Brave Faceis nothing short of impressive. Even more impressive then, is that they manage to do it all without saying a single word. It’s 2009 ...

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Iliza Schlesinger – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jay Nuttall American stand-up star and Netflix sensation Iliza Schlesinger has a few dates on the other side of the Atlantic. Gigs in the UK, northern Europe and Scandinavia begin in Salford and, such is her rare appearance, her super fans ensure a sell-out. Game show and chat show host, author and successful comedian she may be in the ...

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Lucy Porter: Choose Your Battles- The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Lucy Porter is so ‘conflict-adverse’ that she avoids arguments even when she is in the right. But a parenting book entitled Choose Your Battles not only nudges Lucy towards changing her attitude it also inspires her new show. Lucy Porter is her own Support Act and the first 45 minutes or so of her show do not do ...

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Richard Herring: Oh Frig I’m 50 – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs Ten years ago, in the depths of a mid-life crisis, Richard Herring’s stand-up showOh Fuck I’m 40 was an angry rant at the world. Single, drinking too much and hankering after his youth, Herring got some great material out of his increasingly dysfunctional life. Never one to hold back, his personal life laid out for all to ...

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Gangsta Granny – Storyhouse Theatre, Chester

Writer: David Walliams Director: Neil Foster Reviewers: Clare and Mollie Howdon Based on the bestselling book by David Walliams, the critically acclaimed production of Gangsta Granny, adapted for the stage by Birmingham Stage Company, is currently on tour and myself and my young companion (aged 6) had the pleasure of seeing it at Storyhouse Theatre in Chester.  Neil Forster’s creative and fast-paced direction ...

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Of Mice and Men – Opera House, Manchester

Writer: John Steinbeck Director: Guy Unsworth Reviewer: Abbie Rippon Living in 2018 when social care, misogyny, immigration and racism make daily headlines, Steinbeck’s classic, staged by Selladoor reminds us how far we have come as a society, but more poignant is the revelation of how far we still have to go. For readers unfamiliar with the classic text, set in California ...

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Comedy Club 4 Kids: April 2018 – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Why should stand-up comedy only be for adults? Stand-up comedy for children is not a new phenomenon. Standard at the Edinburgh Festival it is an art form that is still quite rare outside the Scottish capital in August. The Lowry have been programming Comedy Club 4 Kids since 2005 and it is a fantastic thing for children and ...

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