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Ockham’s Razor: Not Until We Are Lost – The Lowry, Salford

Director: Alex Harvey, Tina Koch and Charlotte Mooney Reviewer: Clare Boswell [Rating:4] Ockham’s Razor’s latest offering ‘Not Until We Are Lost’ takes the audience out of the passive safety of their seats and thrusts them directly into the heart of the action. Audience members are encouraged to wander the vast space of the Quays Theatre and are drawn to various ...

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We Will Rock You – Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield

Book: Ben Elton Music/Lyrics: Queen Director: Tony Edge Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes [rating:4] In a distant future, the Earth is now known as the i-planet, under the control of Globalsoft. We now live in a virtual world where live music and instruments are banned. Thus is the chilling premise of Ben Elton’s scarily accurate script. The Gaga kids are all virtual ...

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CD REVIEW: The Confession Room

Music and Lyrics: Dan Looney Additional Lyrics: Reece Looney and Sam Champness Reviewer: Ruth Jepson [rating:4] ‘I got a problem with me’ – the opening lyrics to ‘The Confession Room’, and ones which we’ve probably all uttered at one time or another, although probably using less direct phrasing. Having a problem, a secret or something which just needs to be ...

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Ben Mellor: Anthropoetry – Contact, Manchester

Music: Dan Steel and Ben Mellor Lyrics: Ben Mellor Reviewer: Jo Beggs [Rating:4] Ben Mellor has done his research. Having been initially taken with the idea of Anthropometry, the study of how measurements of the body can reveal hidden character traits, what started to formulate in the creation of this show for The 2012 Edinburgh Fringe was a fascinating mix ...

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CD REVIEW: Kerrigan and Lowdermilk : Live

Music &Lyrics: Kait Kerrigan &Brian Lowdermilk Reviewer: Carrie Carter [Rating:4.5] Recorded over several dates on their 2011 concert tour, Kerrigan and Lowdermilk: Live is a celebration of this acclaimed contemporary writing duo, funded entirely by fans through a kickstarter campaign. With a listener base already firmly established after the success of their debut album Our First Mistake, Kerrigan and Lowdermilk ...

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The Wild Party – LOST Theatre, London

Music and Lyrics: Michael LaChiusa Director: Dominic O'Hanlon Reviewer: Lucy Thackray [rating:4] You can't avoid it - the Roaring Twenties are hot right now. Baz Luhrmann started it. Hollywood has Gatsby fever and the fashion world isn't far behind, so stylised vaudeville musical The Wild Party is a perfectly timed choice for South London amateur company Mayhem Musical Theatre. Firstly, ...

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Stephen Sondheim Director: Adam Whittle Musical Director: Steven Mercer Reviewer: Richard Marsden [Rating:4] With an off-kilter musical score accompanying a story of how the customers of a barber’s shop become the food for the customers of the pie shop below - Sweeney Todd shouldn’t be easy to swallow. The art lies in the illumination of the gristle and grime ...

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CD REVIEW: Things to Ruin: The Songs of Joe Iconis

Music &Lyrics: Joe Iconis Director: John Simpkins Reviewer: Carrie Carter [Rating:3.5] Though currently making a name for himself as one of Smash’s latest composing recruits, Joe Iconis has been a fixture on the contemporary musical theatre scene for a while now, and on listening to Things to Ruin, it is easy to see why. Iconis is clearly an extremely diverse ...

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