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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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La Forza del Destino – Bristol Hippodrome

Director: David Pountney Conductor: Carlo Rizzi Set designer: Raymond Bauer Reviewer: Julia Beasley The force of destiny is not in Leonora’s favour. Against her father’s wishes, she plans to elope with a freedom fighter. It all goes wrong when he accidentally kills her dad. Her brother vows to avenge his father’s death. Leonora runs away and becomes a hermit. The ...

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Instructions For Correct Assembly – Royal Court Theatre, London

Writer: Thomas Eccleshare Director: Hamish Pirie Reviewer: Stephen Bates What we want for our children is rarely what they want for themselves, but would it result in what we really want either? Thomas Eccleshare poses the question in this new absurdist satire that scythes through the jungle of modern parenting and gives a glimpse into what genetic engineering could be ...

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TORO: Beauty & the Bull – Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds

Choreographer: Carlos Pons Guerra Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood For one evening at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, DeNada Dance Theatre presented Carlos Pons Guerra’s TORO: Beauty & the Bull. The intriguing dance production is dark and has a contemporary retake on the popular fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. Act one opens with The Girl (Emma Walker) who works as a ...

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Twang!! The Musical – Union Theatre, London

Music and Lyrics: Lionel Bart Book: Julian Woolford Director: Bryan Hodgson Reviewer: Maryam Philpott If you’ve been thinking what the world really needs is a Robin Hood musical, well you’re in luck because in 1965 Lionel Bart wrote one – that’s theLionel Bart, who gave the world the musical theatre force that is Oliver! The Union Theatre has found a copy ...

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