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Much Ado About Nothing – Calderstones Mansion House, Liverpool

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Max Webster Reviewer: David Sedgwick Whoever said Shakespeare isn’t funny ought to bring their fold-up chairs and picnic baskets to the verdant setting of Liverpool’s Calderstones Park, where The Globe’s production of Much Ado About Nothing is currently touring. For this is one production that goes a long way to proving that Shakespearean comedy does not ...

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Angel Meadow – HOME, Manchester

Director: Louise Lowe Choreography: Emma O’Kane Reviewer: Jim Gillespie There is eager anticipation in the badge for this season’s productions from the itinerant former occupants of Manchester’s Library Theatre: HOME. Now freshly married to the Cornerhouse, HOME is creating the artistic steps to see them safely to their own new residence in Spring 2015. Under the wing of new Artistic ...

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Summer – Regent Trading Estate, Salford

Director: Richard Gregory Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin On a sunny evening in Salford, the sun rises on a blank warehouse space, and the bubbly song ‘Mr Blue Skies’ sings out. Summer is here. A show featuring a 30-plus strong cast of people from different walks of life, from toddlers to pensioners, performing tasks and letting us glimpse into their lives. They ...

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Flash Mob: Where Dance Worlds Collide – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Paul Downham First seen at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2012, Flash Mob fuses together many genres of dance into an evening of sensational choreography and entertainment. Alleviate, runners up on Sky 1’s Got to Dance series 2 and Brosena from the 2012 series, are joined by Strictly Come Dancing’s Kevin Clifton and Karen Hauer, as well as Olivier ...

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An August Bank Holiday Lark – Oldham Coliseum

Writer: Deborah McAndrew Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Ruth Lovett This uplifting yet tragic tale is set against the outbreak of World War One and its eventual effect on a small Lancashire mill town; steeped in tradition where the locals work hard but also know how to celebrate when the opportunity arises. Membership of the local Morris Men side is almost ...

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The Pat Metheny Unity Group – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Jazz is a contradictory art form. Its technical precision is perhaps best appreciated listening at home in isolation. Yet the performers find inspiration in the improvisational opportunities that arise in live performance. Pat Metheny reflects this contradiction. A superb jazz guitarist yet he does not hesitate to supplement the natural sound of his instrument by exploiting the ...

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Sizwe Banzi Is Dead – Liverpool Playhouse

Writers: Athol Fugard, John Kani &Winston Ntshona Director: Matthew Xia Reviewer: May Mellstrom ‘We own nothing but ourselves’. The overall theme of identity pervades this revival of Sizwe Banzi Is Dead, a co-production by the Eclipse Theatre Company and Young Vic, where the play recently enjoyed a sell-out run. Devised by playwright Athol Fugard with actors John Kani and Winston ...

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The Two Worlds of Charlie F – Opera House, Manchester

Writer: Owen Sheers Director: Stephen Rayne Reviewer: Jo Beggs Over 70,000 soldiers have served in Afghanistan since the beginning of the conflict in 2001. 453 have died, many more have come back with serious physical injuries. The Two Worlds of Charlie F. seeks to explore some of the realities behind the headlines, stripping bare the lives of a handful of ...

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