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20th Century Boy – Opera House, Manchester

Book: Peter Rowe Music &Lyrics: Marc Bolan Director &Choreographer: Gary Lloyd Musical Director: Ryan Alex Farmery Reviewer: Taylor Simmons With a sea of feather boas lining the Opera House auditorium, it’s clear that Glam Rock legend Marc Bolan’s fan base is still very much alive. 20th Century Boy, originally produced in 2011 in Ipswich, is a musical thatcelebrates the music ...

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Glasshouse – Z-Arts, Manchester

Written by Kate Tempest Directed by Adrian Jackson Reviewed by Katherine Kirwin Cardboard Citizens isa company dedicated to using Forum Theatre and Theatre of the Oppressed to make life-changing theatre inspired by and incorporating experiences of homelessness. They specifically employ actors who have experience of homelessness and enable participants of their workshops and shows to develop skills and confidence. Their ...

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The Queen is Dead – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Sarah McDonald Hughes Director: Alan Pattison Reviewer: Dave Cunningham One of the routes to The Lowry involves traveling through the area in which, on 9th August 2011, shops were looted, vehicles burnt and the police forced to retreat during the riots that broke out countrywide. The local relevance of ‘The Queen is Dead’, based on verbatim reports of the ...

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The Ghost Hunter – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Stewart Pringle Director: Jeffrey Mayhew Reviewer: Paul Downham Richard Barraclough sits on a lonely bar stool with just a pint of Abbot Ale for company as he recounts the many stories he has told during his days as a Ghost Hunter in the city of York. The hunter, effortlessly played by Tom Richards guides the attentive audience for an ...

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Chris Flynn in concert – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Singer/songwriters, who once cluttered the airways, are more rare these days. This scarcity value may account for the feeling that Chris Flynn’s concert at The Lowry is being used as a showcase event. Photographers are a constant irritant throughout the gig. Support act Little Sparrow performs a traditional solo acoustic set and her confident laid back attitude ...

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Separation – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Tom Kempinski Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: May Mellstrom Only days after opening Duet for One, the first in a double bill of Tom Kempinski’s plays, the same cast and creative team have premiered the second, Separation. Having now viewed both, the ways in which each piece complements the other are apparent and director Elizabeth Newman deserves credit for her ...

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The Perfect Murder – The Opera House, Manchester

Writer: Peter James Adaptor:Shaun McKenna Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Seb Farrell Have you ever wondered how to commit the perfect murder? This is the question we’re posed while watching feuding couple Victor and Joan Smiley and their exploits trying to privately organise each other’s ultimate demise with their extramarital partners. The Perfect Murder, a book by Peter James adapted for ...

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Gary Delaney: Purist – The Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Reviewer: Dave Sedgewick The blurb on Gary Delaney’s publicity for his stand-up tour ‘Purist’ carries the following message: “Expect jokes not stories. Don’t Expect: Narrative, themes or a voyage of self-discovery.” But is it a warning or a promise? That of course depends upon the enigma which is taste. The man who once scooped fifth place for funniest joke at ...

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