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Blackbird – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: David Harrower Director: Gordon Hamlin Reviewer: Tracey Lowe   A lot of people see a trip to the theatre as a form of escapism. A chance to unwind and be entertained for a couple of hours. So a play about child abuse is not exactly an easy sell. But David Harrower’s Blackbird is a fascinating, moving and challenging piece, ...

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Tiernan Douieb & Chris Coltrane – The Lowry Salford

Reviewer: Paul Downham Tiernan Douieb opened his show at The Lowry by thanking the audience for turning up despite the combination of sunshine and football being alternative ways to spend the evening. The lure of these two bastions of the UK were seemingly too much for many to refuse as the audience totalled no more than two dozen members. Douieb ...

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Billy Liar – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall Director: Sam Yates Reviewer: Laura Maley Billy Fisher is an office clerk, living with his parents and grandmother. He stays out too late, and dates multiple girls. He doesn’t get on with his father and his mother is frequently told she is too lenient with him. So far, so humdrum. But Billy lies. Whether ...

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Lennon – Royal Court, Liverpool

Writer: Bob Eaton Director: Bob Eaton Reviewer: Laura Orton Following rave reviews in 2010 and 2013, with pleas for it’s return, Lennon is back with a score of some of the most famous and best loved songs in history. Covering the life and death of The Beatles most famous and (arguably) most talented member John Lennon, this production takes you ...

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Ordinary Days – King’s Arms Theatre, Salford

Music &Lyrics: Adam Gwon Director: Leah Fogo Reviewer: Iain Sykes Four people in New York City, each in search of the big picture for their future, each afraid of letting go of their past. Ordinary Days, Adam Gwon’s musical of youthful doubt (which premiered in London in 2008), is a compelling and moving show in its latest incarnation from Top ...

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30 Million Minutes – Venue Cymru, Llandudno

Writer: Dawn French Director: Michael Grandage Reviewer: John Roberts 30 Million Minutes or as close to 56 years as you are likely to get, is the title to Dawn French’s touching and often hilarious one woman show which charts a side of the comic’s life which we very often don’t get change to see. 30 Million Minutes doesn’t cover her ...

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Moonrock Boombox : Abandonman Live in Concert – The Lowry, Salford

Devised and performed by Rob Broderick Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Rapper Rob Broderick, aka Abandonman, has beefed up his act for the current tour. Rather than rely on loops and boomboxes for musical backing he has recruited a full band – guitarist James Hancox, Dave Cribb on keyboards and Fred Harper on synthetic drums. Abandonman’s act is demanding of both performers ...

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Derren Brown: Infamous – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Derren Brown Director: Andy Nyman Reviewer: John Roberts Infamous takes everything we have come to admire and know Derren Brown for – large scale tricks and sideshow showmanship and strip it right back, including his trademark Goatee. However that isn’t to say the show isn’t a dazzling feat of ingenuity, memory, dexterity and suggestion, because it is. Infamous may ...

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