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Stuart Maconie: Jarrow; Road to the Deep South –  The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer:  Richard Hall Broadcaster and journalist, Stuart Maconie is familiar to many from his appearances on radio and TV, especially the afternoon show that he hosts on BBC 6music with Mark Radcliffe. As a writer, Maconie has enjoyed critical and popular success with his series of bestselling travel books including the fabulously titled, Cider with Roadies and Pies and Prejudice. ...

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Shrek the Musical – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book/Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: John Roberts Based on the Dreamworks Animation film, which itself was based on a book by William Steig of the same name, Shrek the Musical has had a rather fairytale journey with a big bright beautiful Broadway opening, several US Tours, a two-year run at the Theatre Royal Drury and ...

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From Ibiza To the Norfolk Broads – The Lowry, Salford

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Writer/Director: Adrian Berry Reviewer: Jo Beggs Martin is a young man with problems – stuck in a small town, with an alcoholic mother, an eating disorder and an absent father who disappeared from his life 16 years ago. As he turns eighteen he’s unsure of how his life can be any more than this, and if that’s the case, what ...

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[Insert Slogan Here] – HOME, Manchester

Writer: Sam Ward Reviewer: Jo Beggs Following a scratch performance at the Royal Exchange last Summer, YESYESNONO bring [Insert Slogan Here] to the PUSH festival at HOME, which showcases local companies and performers. Comparing the show descriptions, though, suggests that writer and performer Sam Ward has made some significant changes to the piece for what he describes as “the first ...

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Mira Calix: The Aleph Project –The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest It would be fair to say that Mira Calix has had a career that most could only dream of. She is an award winning composer, musician and live performer. This über talented artist has toured with the likes of Radiohead and Boards of Canada, and in addition Calix has commissions from the London Sinfoniette, The Royal Shakespeare ...

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Jersey Boys – Empire Theatre Liverpool

Music: Bob Gaudio Lyric: Bob Crewe Book: Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice Director: Des McAnuff Reviewer: Daryl Holden In this day and age, there are so many different tastes for the theatre that it’s rare to find something that builds up a true following by almost everyone. Even rarer then, is to find something that lives up to said hype. ...

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Stiwt Theatre, Rhosllanerchrugog 

Writer: Michael Chapman Director: Michael Jenkins Reviewer: Victoria Field Every year the Stiwt Theatre panto seems to be more magical than the year before – and 2017's offering of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is no exception. LHK Productions' take on Snow White stays true to the Disney plotline we all know and love but with a fresh and ...

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Treasure Island – The New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Writer: Robert Louis Stevenson Adaptor and director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Artistic director Theresa Heskins writes in her programme notes that after consultation with focus groups of children as to what should be on their stage at Christmas the overwhelming consensus involved pirates, treasure and fights. And so, bowing to popular opinion, Treasure Island is in full production as ...

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