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Andy Zaltzman: Plan Z – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest It would be fair to say that 2016 will be remembered as one of the most tumultuous years in British and World politics and one that was remembered less fondly by the audience of the Studio theatre. A quick survey by our host Andy Zaltzman is pretty unanimous that 2016 was pretty rubbish for all concerned. However ...

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Fairport Convention 50th Anniversary Tour – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Fairport Convention marks their 50th Anniversary with a new album: 50:50 @50 comprising half live favorites and half new studio recordings. The new album shapes the set list for, and approach to, their 50th Anniversary Tour in a number of ways. The album is plugged shamelessly tonight. Surprisingly, rather than being in the folk tradition of storytelling, ...

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The Ugly Duckling – The Lowry, Salford.

Writer: Hans Christian Anderson. Music/Lyrics: Jennifer Hazel. Lyrics: Jennifer Hazel. Adaptor/Director : Thick as Thieves company in co-production with Red Table Theatre. Reviewer: Sam Lowe. Thick as Thieves company and Red Table Theatre definitely understand how to devise theatre for children. The company have adapted four famous fables written by Hans Christian Anderson for the stage, The Emperor’s New Clothes, ...

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Danny Baker: From The Cradle To The Stage – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Danny Baker does not so much acknowledge as boast about his inability to stick to a script or adhere to a timetable. He cheerfully points out that, in an effort to keep him on schedule, management has installed a clock on stage. It doesn’t help. The title From The Cradle To The Stage suggests a theatre show ...

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Brennan Reece: Everglow – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Harriet Mallion Winner of the English Comedian of the Year in 2015 and nominated for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Festival in 2016, Brennan Reece brings his debut comedy show Everglow to his hometown of Manchester. Nestled in the cosy but completely packed out Lowry studio, Reece opens the show by humbly conveying his thanks for (another) sold out ...

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Comedy Club 4 Kids – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jay Nuttall It is exactly what is says in the title. Why should stand-up comedy only be for adults? Don’t children appreciate the art of someone standing on stage and trying to make them laugh? Stand-up comedy for children is not a new phenomenon. James Campbell has been a professional stand-up comic specialising in a younger audience for years ...

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Wolf Meat – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Director: Mick Barnfather Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight Ever wondered what Eastenders on crack might look like? Wolf Meat from Wildheart and Lyric answers that perennial question. Grandma lives with geeky grandson Wolfie and the unsettling Luna who seems to exist to serve. Together they are unlikely drug barons, running everything south of the river. But on their track is crack investigator, ...

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The Bear – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

 Director: Emma Earle & Hal Chambers Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts After their recent success with Father Christmas, Pins and Needles Productions bring their take on another Raymond Briggs classic to Bristol Old Vic Theatre and it does not disappoint. From catchy songs to magical puppetry The Bear has it all as it leaps from page to stage. The Bear follows the story of Tilly, played by ...

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