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Jason Manford: First World Problems – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Mel Duncan Jason Manford is currently in extra time. Tonight he played show 210 of his 230 date tour, extended beyond its' original April finish. Despite forays into television, radio and even opera, the stand up stage seems to be the best fit home for this loveable comedian. Honest to a fault, he IS his own support act, explaining ...

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The Caretaker – The Lantern Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Harold Pinter Director: Siobhan Crinson Reviewer: David Sedgwick Remarkably, it’s over fifty years since The Caretaker was given its first public outing. Its minimalistic staging together with small cast have made it a favourite with large and small theatre companies since the first moment it burst onto the British stage in those heady days. The play is based upon ...

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My Mother Said I Never Should – The Lantern Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Charlotte Keatley Reviewer: David Sedgwick My Mother Said I Never Should holds the distinction of being the most performed play in the English language by a woman. And Charlotte Keatley’s play, written in 1985, is certainly a bold, lively attempt to examine age old dilemmas as it delves into the lives of four generations of women from the same ...

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The Picture of Dorian Gray – Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts

Writer: Oscar Wilde Adaptor: Neil Bartlett Director: Steve Buckwald Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin As the play begins with chorus standing around in mime-mode could the show be re-named “The Statue of Dorian Gray”?This is quite an arty/stylised version with the antics of the chorus sometimes overshadowing the principals and the plot. It is often their narrative inserts, giggling minor rôles and ...

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Teechers – The Lowry, Salford

Writer/Director: John Godber Reviewer: Laura Orton John Godber wrote Teechers 27 years ago when Thatcher was Prime Minister and corporal punishment had just been banned in schools. Almost three decades later, the Conservatives are in power again, education is at the forefront of politics and while O levels have changed to GCSE’s, the core subjects of Teechers still exist, making ...

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See How They Run – Opera House, Manchester

Writer: Philip King Director: Eric Potts Reviewer: Brian Gorman Philip King’s typically English farce seems an ideal choice as the debut production for Warwick Davis’ Reduced Height Theatre Company. The star of TV’s Life’s Too Short, and several Star Wars movies, has long dreamt of acting in regular plays on stage, yet opportunities have been severely limited for him. Society’s ...

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Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain – Lowry Theatre, Salford

Director: Neil Foster Reviewer: Paul Downham Returning to the Lowry Theatre is the ever pleasing Horrible Histories, the best two hour history lesson you are ever likely to receive. This year the stories of Barmy Britain are the subject, and judging by the reaction from the child heavy audience the Birmingham Stage Company have yet another hit on their hands. ...

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An August Bank Holiday Lark – Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Deborah McAndrew Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin   It is widely accepted that a funeral or similar should be used to celebrate the life of someone rather than mourn their passing. So it is with Deborah McAndrew’s delightful An August Bank Holiday Lark set in a Lancashire mill town where talk of volunteering for World War 1 is ...

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