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Show of Hands: Where Were Bound – The Lowry,Salford

Reviewer: Helen Jones Show of Hands were formed in 1986 when singer-songwriter Steve Knightley and composer and multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer got together to perform as a duo, having known each other since the late sixties being part of the same folk scene. Since then there have been multiple albums, tours a plenty and they are as popular today as they were ...

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Fake News – The Kings Arms, Salford

Writer/ Director: Craig Hepworth Reviewer: Matt Forrest Theatre Company Vertigo has been making waves for 10 years. Set up by partners Craig Hepworth and Karl Burge, the company has had a great deal of critical success with the award-winning Porno Chic and the award-nominated Black Ice.  For their next project,  they have decided to take a look at the world ...

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Ballet Lorent: Rumpelstiltskin- The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Carol Ann Duffy Director and choreographer: Liv Lorent   Composer : Murray Gold Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Carol Ann Duffy’s re-telling of the well-known fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin establishes the motivation of a character who, until now, has simply been a two-dimensional villain and skilfully moves the story away from revenge towards a theme of redemption. A King (John Kendall) slides into ...

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Natalie Inside Out – The Lowry, Salford 

Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Natalie Inside Out is a collaboration between hand-balancer Natalie Reckert and digital artist – and former circus artist – Mark Morreau. The show builds on the circus skills of Reckert and investigates and illuminates them using digital technologies, examining the relationship between the body as performance and reality, teasing at the seams where live acrobatics, film and digital ...

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Humanhood: Zero – The Lowry, Salford

Artistic Direction: Rudi Cole & Julia Robert Original Music: Gyda Valtysdottir, Alex Forster, Azizi Cole, Xhosa Cole, Shahzad Ismaily Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Zerois the first full-length duet by Humanhood, a company founded in 2015 by dancer/Artistic Directors Rudi Cole and Julia Robert. A 15-minute extract won 1stprize at Madrid International Choreography Competition. The work now stands at around fifty minutes. ...

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Mary Stuart – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Friedrich Schiller Adaptor/Director: Robert Icke Reviewer: Dave Cunningham As the audience waits for Almeida’s production of Mary Stuart to begin it is hard to ignore a series of screens that feature an image of a coin in a golden bowl. This is one of a number of ways in which director Robert Icke brings tension and anxiety to his adaptation ...

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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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