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Declining Solo – The Lowry, Salford.

Music: Tim Blazdell. Writers/Directors: Two Destination Language. Reviewer: Sam Lowe "Belonging neither here nor there", as the audience are told in the performance, Declining Solo is a show which fluctuates between the multiple layers of what makes up identity. It explores the father and daughter relationship, a woman's relationship to her culture, her home, how the past affects the present, ...

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The Snowman, Opera House, Manchester

Music: Howard Blake Director: Bill Alexander Reviewer: Andrea Allen Adults escorting little ones to the Opera House hoping for the magic of Raymond Briggs’ book and the festive charm of Dianne Jackson’s 1982 film adaptation may, unfortunately, be disappointed by Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s production of The Snowman. In Director Bill Alexander’s lengthy, bloated production, there’s a strong chance you’ll spend ...

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Things I Know to be True – Storyhouse, Chester

Writer: Andrew Bovell Directors: Geordie Brookman and Scott Graham Reviewer: Emma Boswell Andrew Bovell’s Things I Know to Be True is brought to life by Frantic Assembly and State Theatre Company of South Australia in Chester’s Storyhouse for a five-day run this week. The play tells the tale of Bob and Fran Price, a couple who have reached the autumn ...

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Spamalot – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book/Lyrics: Eric Idle Music: John Du Prez & Eric Idle Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: Lizz Clark The legend of King Arthur is a cultural cornerstone, endlessly available to be reinterpreted and – naturally – spoofed. The Monty Python crew recognised this when they made 1975's Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and thanks to Eric Idle and John Du Prez, ...

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The Dream Factory- The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matthew Forrest House of Stray Cats is a theatre production company based in London which specialises in puppetry and physical theatre. They aim to create an immersive and interactive experience for children of all ages to enjoy. They bring their latest offering The Dream Factory to The Lowry’s studio theatre. Telling the story of a young girl named Sophie ...

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Wishbone Ash: The Open Road -The Lowry Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Support Act Steve Hill enters from the wings already playing his guitar with what looks like a toffee apple stuck to the neck. The reason soon becomes apparent: Hill is that rarest of acts – a one-man heavy rock band. Working drums with a foot pedal and bashing the cymbals with the drumstick attached to his guitar ...

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Me & Robin Hood – Liverpool Everyman

Writer and Performer: Shón Dale-Jones Reviewer: Daryl Holden When creating a show in which you want to tackle the issue of millions of children having to sleep on the streets, it seems just a tad insensitive to centre that same ninety-minute show around yourself and barely mention a relevant charity both throughout and on the flyers. What would make this ...

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Rubber Ring – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: James McDermott Reviewer: Lizz Clark If you like 1980s teen movies, you'll probably enjoy Rubber Ring, James McDermott's semi-autobiographical one-man show. Its hero, Jimmy, is a sarcastic teenager with a heart of gold, stuck in Sheringham with nothing but his love of Morrissey and a growing determination to escape. We travel with him as he leaves his lonely bedroom ...

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