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Robin Ince is (In and) Out of his Mind – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Robin Ince Reviewer: Laura Orton   Robin Ince is a comedian. He also happens to be a Doctor of science, an impressionist and a public speaker to name but a few of his skills. He is an enigmatic character with bounds of energy and a bizarre inability to finish a sentence. To give a synopsis of his latest show, ...

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Special Measures – Royal Court, Liverpool

Writer : Mark Davies Markham Director : Ken Alexander Reviewer: Stephanie Rowe St Jude's (Patron saint of no-hopers) primary school in Netherton has been placed into special measures following a damning OFSTED report. MP Thomas Winters is in the Prime Ministers bad-books for whacking him in the balls thanks to his limp grip on a croquet bat and has now ...

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The Harlem Globetrotters – Echo Arena, Liverpool

Reviewer: David Sedgwick They huff and they puff with all their might, but at the end of the day don’t quite manage to blow the walls off Liverpool’s Echo Arena. The all-whoopin’ all-wigglin’ Harlem Globetrotters certainly give it full pelt though. And some more. Half empty or half full stadiums – depending on your point of view - are never ...

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Julie Fowlis – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jonny Black   This is the first date of an 8 night tour to selected venues throughout the UK during April and May. The tour is to promote her new album Gach Sgeul (Every Story). Julie grew up on North Uist, an island in the Outer Hebrides, in a Gaelic speaking community. She released her first album in 2005 ...

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Compagnie Käfig: Boxe Boxe – The Lowry, Salford

Artistic Direction and Choreography: Mourad Merzouki Music Design: The Debussy String Quartet and AS’N Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Compagnie Käfig is a well-established French street dance company founded in 1996 by Mourad Merzouki. Boxe Boxe is their latest production and is about boxing. But that tells you little of what to expect from this company or this show and what it ...

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Desert – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Text: Edward Fortes Movement Director: Ali Baybutt Director: Bethany Pitts Reviewer: Mel Duncan Private Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning has been imprisoned for 1410 days. This simple chilling fact greets the audience as they enter the theatre, projected in a simple white font, on a simple black background. This piece of theatre challenges the very basic morals on which our beings ...

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The Last Five Years – King’s Arms Theatre, Salford

Music/Book/Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown Director: James Baker Reviewer: Tracey Lowe Every so often, there’s a show that completely changes your perception of musicals. If you walk into ‘The Last Five Years’ expecting jazz hands and kick lines, you’ll be very disappointed. However, what this musical does deliver is a relatable story, genuinely fantastic songs, and a hell of a lot ...

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Let It Be – Liverpool Empire

Director &Musical Supervisor: John Maher Reviewer: Paul Downham 50 years after The Beatles last performed on the Liverpool Empire stage the ‘Fab Four’ return to the city where it all began. Performing to a capacity crowd, it seems like they have never been away. Let it Be isn’t a Juke Box Musical weaving the groups songs into a totally un ...

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