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Lord of the Flies – The Lowry Theatre, Salford

Choreographer: Scott Ambler Director: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Iris Beaumont William Golding’s Lord of the Flies gets the contemporary dance treatemnet courtesy of Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures in a disturbingly beautiful, violently wild dance interpretations mixing locals performers aged between seven and 25 alongside a cast of professional dancers to produce this maginificent 21st century retelling of the story. Its the ...

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Gym Party – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Director &Writer: Christopher Brett Bailey, Jessica Latowicki and Ira Brand Reviewer: Stephen M Hornby The stage is blank other than for three neon signs which spell out ‘Chris’, ‘Jess’ and ‘Ira’ in bright neon colours that match the wigs each of the actors is wearing as they enter and explain the premise of the show. Dressed in an infant school ...

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Hoof! – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Reviewer: Mel Duncan Imagine a world where one is whisked from the bygone factories of Northern England, to the open plains of the Great West, via a Titanic-esque liner, accompanied by foundry bells. All in a matter of minutes. That is a glimpse into the brilliantly bonkers experience that is Hoof! The brainchild of Rejects Revenge and Spike Theatre, Hoof! ...

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After What Comes Before – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Creators: Manic Chord Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin How many mad professors does it take to light up a theatre? Manic Chord Theatre offer us three glowing examples who could have stepped straight from a Marx Brothers' film who perform with the same zany energy that seems almost childlike but compels us to keep watching.It would be easy to dismiss the simply-staged ...

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Ballet Central: The 2014 Tour – The Lowry, Salford

Artistic Director: William Glassman Choreography: Andrew McNicol, Sara Matthews, Arthur Saint Léon, Christopher Gable, Leanne King, Daniel de Andrade, Christopher Marney Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Ballet Central is the performing company of the Central School of Ballet, founded in 1982 by Royal Ballet dancer and actor, the late Christopher Gable CBE and Ann Stannard. Ballet Central was established in 1984. Their ...

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Disney On Ice: Worlds of Fantasy – Echo Arena, Liverpool

Creative Director/Writer: Jerry Bilik Choreography: Sarah Kawahara &Cindy Stuart Director: Patty Vincent Reviewer: John Roberts Feld Entertainment once again bring their Disney on Ice family show to the Echo Arena as part of their new Worlds of Fantasy Tour. The concept is simple take four well known and loved Disney/Pixar films condense them into small bite size segments tied together ...

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Much Ado About Nothing – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Maria Aberg Reviewer: John Roberts The Royal Exchange has always had a great reputation for their yearly Shakespeare productions. There is an element of respecting the words carefully crafted by The Bard and injecting them with an accessible sense of modernity and delivered by a strong ensemble cast and on the whole this is exactly what ...

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A View from the Bridge – Liverpool Playhouse

Author: Arthur Miller Director: Charlotte Gwinner Reviewer: David Noble Unlike Shakespeare, Arthur Miller is one of those playwrights who you really feel it would be hard to butcher. The plot is simplistic, clear and precise; the themes are strident and bold, and the action builds to a usually wonderful crescendo of painful truths. Absolutely, you can make interesting set decisions ...

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