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Reasons to be Cheerful – Liverpool Everyman

Writer: Paul Sirett Music: Derek Hussey, Chaz Jankel and John Kelly Director: Jenny Sealey Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin Are you sitting comfortably … then forget it. Feeling comfortable is the last thing you’ll find with this show, which is billed as a raucous musical. Raucous does not begin to cover the foul-mouthed, hot-tempered and politically strident show featuring the hits of ...

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The Threepenny Opera – The Octagon, Bolton

Book and Lyrics: Bertolt Brecht Music: Kurt Weill and Elizabeth Hauptmann Director: David Thacker   Reviewer: Harriet Mallion Adapted from John Gay’s 18th-century ballad opera, The Beggar’s Opera, Bertolt Brecht’s iconic play The Threepenny Opera traditionally offers a socialist critique to a struggling world. The latest production from The Octagon transforms the dominant themes of poverty and corruption into a ...

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Little Mix: Glory Days Tour – Echo Arena, Liverpool  

Reviewer Helen Patrick The return of all-girl group Little Mix (Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock) to Merseyside with their Glory Days Tour, ensure once again that the Echo Arena is filled to capacity, ensuring an electrifying atmosphere, which enthrals its mixed aged audience from the first to last beat. Joining Little Mix for the whole tour is Lina an American-Palestinian-Israeli who ...

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Some Greater Class – The Lowry, Salford

Choreographer Holly Blakey Music: Gwilym Gold and Darkstar Reviewer: Dave Cunningham To reach The Compass Room where Some Greater Class is staged one must pass through the art gallery at The Lowry which seems appropriate as the show is as much art installation as dance. As the audience is seated on a flat, rather than sloping, floor the sightlines are ...

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Milton Jones is Out There – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs Milton Jones edges sideways on the stage dressed as Great Britain. It’s exactly what the audience expects from this Radio 4 and TV favourite who has built his career on a surrealist sense of humour and an endless supply of puns and one-liners. The audience – a pretty full house in the Lowry’s huge Lyric Theatre - ...

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Mitch Benn: Don’t Fear the Reaper – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Paul Maguire Is Mitch Benn a cheat? That is how some stand-up comedians describe Benn’s style of musical comedy. In fact, comedy luminary Daniel Kitson went as far as to describe the guitar as ‘the cheating stick’. Benn himself explains that for a straight stand up comic to bring the house down they have to be an absolute master ...

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Centaure – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Franck Vigroux Video: Kurt d`Haeseleer Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Presented as part of the The Lowry’s autumn programme of digital art, Centaure is a live performance by two European artists, who’s work is more usually seen within the international festival scene: French musician Franck Vigroux and Belgian video artist/filmmaker Kurt d’Haeseleer. Centaure is a ‘postdigital road trip to a dystopic ...

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Jimeoin: Ridiculous – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jay Nuttall “My name’s Jimeoin but I’m not sure if I’m saying it right” Jimeoin tells us two minutes in. It’s a joke he must have told hundreds of times throughout his twenty-five year stand-up career. It really is quite a ridiculous stage name to add to the overall ridiculousness of the man himself. Jimeoin (pronounced Jim Owen) in ...

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