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366 Days of Kindness – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Bernadette Russell &Gareth Brierley Director: Tessa Walker Reviewer: Seb Farrell Can Kindness Change the World? A question we’re asked more than once during the course of this unusual and reflective piece of fringe style theatre. Moved by the London riots in 2011, Deptford based Bernadette Russell took it upon herself to spend every day in 2012 undertaking at least ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Malcolm Wallace According to the programme "Propeller is an all-male Shakespeare company that mixes a rigorous approach to the text with a modern physical aesthetic", a philosophy that is abundantly evident in this pitch perfect production of the Bard's playful and magical Midsummer Night's Dream. A web of competitive love stories and featuring ...

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Phoenix Dance Theatre: Mixed Programme 2014 – Liverpool Playhouse

Artistic Director: Sharon Watson Choreography: Didy Veldman, Ivgi &Greben, Darshan Singh Bhuller Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Phoenix Dance Theatre was founded in 1981 and has a gift for reinvention and rebirth befitting their name. Since Sharon Watson became Artistic Director in 2009 they have gone from strength to strength, creating richly varied programmes combining new work with heritage pieces from the ...

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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers – Liverpool Empire

Book: Lawrence Kasha &David S. Landay Music: Gene De Paul, Al Kasha &Joel Hirschhorn Lyrics: Johnny Mercer, Al Kasha &Joel Hirschhorn Director/Choreographer: Patti Colombo Reviewer: Grace Galloway What a “Wonderful Wonderful Day” or night as many people would say leaving the Empire Theatre after a stunning performance of the classic MGM musical. A massively upbeat and exciting production, which will ...

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Pronoun – Lowry Theatre, Salford

Writer: Evan Placey Reviewer: Iain Sykes The National Theatre’s NT Connections programme of plays aims to provide young performers from all parts of the country with the precious opportunity to take part in some of the freshest and most challenging new plays, specially written by some of the nation’s leading writers. Pronoun, written by Evan Placey, tells the tale of ...

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Orlando – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Virginia Woolf Adapter: Sarah Ruhl Score: Isobel Waller- Bridge Director: Max Webster Reviewer: Dave Cunningham After great success with a version of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ director Max Webster returns to The Royal Exchange with another literary adaptation. ‘Orlando’, written by Virginia Woolf, is a novel in which fantastical events occur without any attempt at rationalisation. Sarah Ruhl’s adaptation, ...

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The Seagull – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Anton Chekhov in a new version by Anya Reiss Director: Chris Honer Reviewer: Dave Cunningham   The Library Theatre concludes their stay at The Lowry with a rarity: a version of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull updated to the present day. On a provincial estate depressive Konsantin (Ben Allen) tries to show his contempt for the sterile acting of his ...

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Strangeways – King’s Arms Theatre, Salford

Writer/Director: Joshua Val Martin Reviewer: Jo Beggs Having enjoyed a successful run at Edinburgh last year, Strangeways comes home for a short run at the King’s Arms before writer and Director Joshua Val Martin ‘puts it to bed’ to concentrate on this years Cobbled Haze Club Edinburgh offer. Re-staged for the newly refurbished and much more flexible space upstairs at ...

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