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Moon Tiger – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Penelope Lively Adaptor: Simon Reade Director: Stephen Unwin Reviewer: Jo Beggs It’s hard to imagine why Simon Reade felt compelled to adapt Penelope Lively’s 1987 Booker Prize winning novel Moon Tiger for the stage. Perhaps the novel’s structure, a narration from the points of view of its various characters, has a theatrical quality and yet Reade chooses to tell ...

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Punt and Dennis: Ploughing on Regardless – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Ruth Lovett Having had long term success on the radio, notably with the Now Show; Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis take to the road again with their much loved style of comedy. With both men having achieved a wider level of fame though appearances on TV programmes such as Outnumbered for Dennis and Would I Lie to you for ...

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Lulu: a Murder Ballad – Contact, Manchester

Music and Lyrics: Martin Jacques Director: Mark Hotlhusen Reviewer: Mark Smith With a mammoth back catalogue of albums and theatre productions The Tiger Lillies return to Manchester was a hugely anticipated event - a brand new co-production between the dark folk trio, Opera North, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Warwick Arts Centre. Lulu: A Murder Ballad is brave commissioning and we ...

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Festival of the Spoken Nerd: Full Frontal Nerdity – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Helen Arney, Steve Mould, Matt Parker Reviewer: Laura Orton Festival of the Spoken Nerd (or FOTSN for the geeks) are back with their latest comedy lecture, Full Frontal Nerdity. Gaining a mass of popularity in recent years, this 'hip to be square', 'science is chic' (queue Dara O'Briain's school of hard sums or QI) style of performance really is ...

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We Can Be Heroes – The Lowry, Salford

Director/Writer: Dick Bonham Musician/Director: Jamie Fletcher Reviewer: Helen Jones Two young lads, Patrick and Mark, ten years old, are on their way to Superheroes Club, dressed as Spiderman and Batman. They are joined by their friend Harrison who is hiding from his older brother and his gang. So starts We Can Be Heroes Issue One. Split into six issues with ...

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English National Ballet : Le Corsaire – The Palace Theatre, Manchester

Artistic Director: Tamara Rojo Choreographer: Anna-Marie Holmes Reviewer: Richard Marsden Based on the poem Le Corsair by Byron, it seems that during the 19th and 20th Century the work inspired many operas and ballets by leading creatives of the time, each production has taken what they believe to best suit their adaptation as well as taking influence from the original ...

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