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Lolling and Rolling – HOME, Manchester

Reviewer: Andrea Allen Attempting a social, political and linguistic history of the Westernisation of South Korean culture is no mean feat, trying to communicate the entire thing in a second language that you’re not entirely confident in should make it impossible, not for Jaha Koo. Lolling and Rolling is a condensed, well-informed narrative revealed in part through the fictional story ...

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Killing Time – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Zoe Mills Director: Antony Eden Reviewer: Andrea Allen The right to die, it might not be your first port of call for laugh a minute topic, but with fabulously flippant lines like “I’m a prime candidate for a one-way trip to Switzerland”, Zoe Mills’ sharp two-hander is anything but traditional. Performed by mother and daughter Brigit Forsyth and Zoe ...

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Guide Gods – The Manchester Maccabi Community Centre, Manchester

Performer: Claire Cunningham Reviewer: Richard Hall Still something of a newcomer to the Arts Festivals scene in Manchester, SICK! has for this year’s Festival taken over an impressive number of City centre venues and also as in this instance, some community centres in outlaying districts, for a three week long programme of some of the finest and most hard-hitting new ...

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Yank! – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Book & Lyrics: David Zellnik Music: Joseph Zellnik Director: James Baker Reviewer: May Mellstrom It is 1943 and teenager Stu is drafted into the US Army, scared he will not have 'what it takes' to make it as a soldier. Encompassing a thoughtful coming-of-age narrative and a charming wartime romance, what follows could be a typical musical of the 1940s. ...

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The Suppliant Women – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Aeschylus Adaptor: David Greig Director: Ramin Gray Reviewer: May Mellstrom Fifty women board a boat in Egypt and set sail for Greece to claim asylum, fleeing the threat of forced marriage and seeking protection and sanctuary. The synopsis may sound ripped from the headlines but is in fact, the basis for The Suppliant Women, first written and performed in ...

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Camille O’Sullivan: The Carny Dream – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Amidst a stage of fairy lights, a lit-up paper gingerbread house, a glowing paper bunny, and dressed mannequins topped with animal masks, enters a chilled-out male trio on keys, drums and bass before the dramatic entrance of Camille O’Sullivan in a sequined red-cape. This is not a fairytale, this is not real life, this is the nether ...

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Grease – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book, Music and Lyrics: Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Director: David Gilmore Reviewer: Donna Kelly It’s safe to say that Grease is one of the most globally recognised and successful musicals of all time. Since its opening on Broadway in 1971, the smash-hit musical has enjoyed astounding success on Broadway and London’s West End, has toured throughout the world and ...

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This is … Chris Ramsay – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Whether a BBC or ITV viewer, Chris Ramsay has taken over the TV remote control in the last couple of years. You may be familiar with him as the star of BBC 2's Hebburn, one of the co-presenters from ITV2's I'm A Celebrity Extra or, panel shows aplenty or, new for 2017, Comedy Central's The Chris Ramsay ...

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