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Why The Whales Came – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Director: Dani Parr Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Michael Morpurgo’s writing for children has become such an integral part of modern English literature that many adaptations of his truly heartfelt stories have now touched a second or third generation. Theatrical adaptations of his work, most notably War Horse, of course, has changed the theatrical landscape in the last decade. ...

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Candoco Dance Company: Double Bill – The Lowry, Salford 

Choreography: Alexander Whitley, Yasmeen Godder Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Candoco Dance Company are the UK’s leading company of disabled and non-disabled dancers, founded in 1991, and successfully creating work that challenges perceptions and preconceptions with a passionate commitment to celebrating diversity, in all its forms. 2017 has seen a change of artistic leadership for the company with long-standing co-artistic directors Pedro ...

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Slava’s Snow Show – The Lowry, Salford

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Creator: Slava Polunin Director: Viktor Kramer Reviewer: Andrea Allen With Halloween around the corner and the remake of Stephen King’s IT recently smashing the cinema box office, it seems like these days you’re never too far away from the red noses, painted faces and slapstick comedy that are a caulrophobics worst nightmare. Slavas Snow Show proves that clowning goes so ...

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Sunset Boulevard – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book & Lyrics: Don Black & Christopher Hampton Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Tate James “The address is 10086 Sunset Boulevard” When starving writer, Joe Gillis, pulled his car into the driveway of a forgotten mansion on Sunset Boulevard, he had no idea he would end up tangled in the demise of a former silent movie star. ...

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Parliament Square – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: James Fritz Director: Jude Christian Reviewer: Jay Nuttall With Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre on the verge of announcing its shortlist for the 2017 Bruntwood Playwrighting Prize, it has taken two years for the fruits of one of the winners from 2015 to grace the main stage. James Fritz’s Parliament Square was, admittedly from the writer himself, hastily written before ...

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Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room – The Lowry, Salford

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Reviewer: Sarah Holt Katherine Ryan is single and she beats around no bushes in informing the audience that this is what her Glitter Room show is all about. The topic of singledom is nothing new in comedy, but Canadian Ryan – who regularly appears on television panel shows like Mock the Week and Have I Got News For You – ...

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Igor and Moreno: Andante – The Lowry, Salford

Direction: Igor Urzelai and Moreno Solinas Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Andante is a musical term that refers to a work (especially as a direction) in a moderately slow tempo. It originates from the Italian verb andare – to go. Igor (Urzelai) and Moreno (Solinas) are among the first artists to benefit from The Lowry’s ‘Developed With’ programme, in which they invite ...

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