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How To Occupy An Oil Rig – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Writers: Daniel Bye with Kathryn Beaumont and Jack Bennett Directors: Dick Bonham and Sarah Punshon Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin Occupying an oil rig isn't kids' stuff – so why the plasticine and giant-sized Lego? This jolly 'Playaway' appeal contrasts effectively and sharply with the real pain and trauma experienced by those who feel impelled to change what they see is wrong ...

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How To Be Immortal – The Lowry, Salford

Director: Mira Dovreni Writer: Kirsty Housley Reviewer: Helen Jones How To Be Immortal is based upon two true stories, both about loss, and how we connect with people, music and our own history. One story is based around the legacy of Henrietta Lacks. She died in 1951 of a very invasive and fast growing cancer. A sample was taken when ...

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Two – Floral Pavilion, New Brighton

Writer: Jim Cartwright Reviewer: John Roberts Jim Cartwright’s Two has become a popular choice for theatre companies over the past two decades and its not hard to realise why. A play that only uses two actors means wage bills are lower than a typical production and with a minimal set needed for the 14 characters to play around means the ...

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Dance ‘Til Dawn – Manchester Opera House

Writer: Ed Curtis Director: Karen Bruce Reviewer: Paul Downham Dance ‘Til Dawn was first unveiled to the world on last year’s Royal Variety Performance where one half of the starring couple danced to ‘Feelin’ Good’. Now on a UK Tour Flavia Cacace is joined by Vincent Simone fresh from his exploits on I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here. ...

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North, North, North – The Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Director: Alex Byrne Reviewer:Jay Nuttall New International Encounters have been regular visitors to the Unity and the premise of the show an interesting one. A doomed journey to the North Pole! They have garnered a very good reputation locally, unfortunately North, North, North does very little to warrant this acclaim. This 75minute one-act show based around the true story of ...

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Before Juliet – 3MT, Manchester

Writers: John Topliff and Hannah Ellis Directors: Gina T Frost and Matt Cawson Reviewer: Stephen M Hornby Before Juliet is an interesting premise, building a story around Rosaline, the lover that Romeo is infatuated with in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and then bleeding her into the story of the world’s most famous tragic lovers. The resulting play, however, is ...

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Gregory Porter – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Mel Duncan Grammy Award nominee Gregory Porter hit Salford last night, with his unique fusion of soul and jazz. Accompanied by of four stunning supporting musicians -Yosuke Sato on alto sax, Chip Crawford at the piano, Aaron James on bass and Emanuel Harrold behind the drum kit, Porter performed a selection of songs from the albums 'Water', 'Be Good' ...

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The Mousetrap – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Agatha Christie Director: Ian Watt-Smith Reviewer: Malcolm Wallace [rating:3] The Mousetrap is a play that needs little introduction. Agatha Christie’s most famous whodunit continues to run in London’s West end 62 year after its premiere and can now be found travelling through every nook and cranny of the UK as part of its 60th anniversary celebratory tour. Billing as ...

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