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Ruby Wax: Sane New World – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs For a long time Ruby Wax kept her mental illness quiet. After all, the media wasn’t known, at least at the height of Wax’s TV comedy career, as a nurturing and empathetic industry. Instead she dealt with it quietly until, in 2010, realising perhaps just how much positive impact her story could have, she made a show ...

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Pete Johansson: Several Jokes – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Complaints were made that Pete Johansson’s last show Utopian Crack Pipe was an inaccurate title. No such complaints can be made about his new show, which does indeed contain Several Jokes. The first half of the show comprises extracts from his earlier work that offers both value for money and a demonstration of just how quickly the ...

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Midge Ure – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Paul Downhan A veteran of over 40 years in the music business, Midge Ure has crammed a lot into those years. Born James Ure, he is responsible for collaborating on some of the most memorable musical events of the 20th century including Live Aid and Band Aid. For the latter he co-wrote ‘Do They Know it’s Christmas Time’ which ...

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Jimeoin – Yes, Yes, Whatever…?! – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Luke Walker When a stand-up comedian confesses "I'm looking at you with the same surprise you're looking at me" things can go one of two ways. Luckily, being the hands of such a skilled comedian as Jimeoin for an evening means the pressure is off us and, judging by Jimeoin's incredibly relaxed stage persona, it's also off him. A ...

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Susan Calman: Lady Like – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Abbie Rippon To readers who are partial to Radio 4 panel shows, Susan Calman’s is a face (or should I say voice) you will be familiar with. Having featured on radio shows including The News Quiz and classics like Sorry, I Haven’t a Clue as well as BBC TV shows such as QI, one would be forgiven for being ...

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Once in a Blue Moon – Z Arts, Hulme, Manchester

Devised: Lucy Knight &Kath Kimber-McTiffin Composer: Anthony Kimber-McTiffin Director: Kitty Winter Reviewer: Luke Walker "I wonder how old the moon is?" I asked my five year old when leaving the theatre. Answer - I think he is still thinking about it. It doesn't matter as today is the moon's birthday and we are all invited to the party. Trouble is, ...

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Henning Wehn: Eins, Zwei, DIY – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Luke Walker Henning Wehn is back at The Lowry performing his new show Eins, Zwei, DIY. And Wehn describes his humour best by proclaiming that his show is 'teutonic jolliness at its best'. This is his fourth visit to the theatre in as many years and his two sell-out shows certainly are testament to his ever increasing popularity in ...

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Chamber Piece – Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Caroline Bird Director: Sean Holmes Reviewer: Jo Beggs In 2013 London’s Lyric Hammersmith formed the Secret Theatre Company, a twenty strong ensemble of actors, directors, writers and designers, to create a series of short plays which were performed in unexpected spaces while the theatre was undergoing refurbishment. Not only were audiences led into unexpected spaces, they were on something ...

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