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James Wilton Dance: Last Man Standing – The Lowry, Salford

Choreography: James Wilton Reviewer: Peter Jacobs James Wilton is an emerging choreographer and a rising star on the British dance scene and internationally. His company has existed for around four years and he is still well within his own dance career. His choreography, which is refreshingly stripped of classical notes, blends innovative modern physicality with influences from martial arts, capoeira ...

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Boy on a Bed – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Edwin Preece Director: Alastair Zyggu Reviewer: Jo Beggs Adam is a runner. It gives him something to focus on, a necessary routine within what seems to be an ever more complicated life. University isn’t filling him with joy and his girlfriend Stella is pushing him to move in with her. Benedict is an aspiring artist and accomplished charmer. He’s ...

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Awkward Happiness – The Lowry, Salford

Company - Studio Matejka, Poland. Writer&Director: Matej Matejka Reviewer: Clare Boswell Awkward Happiness or Everything I don’t Remember About Meeting You is a physical theatre piece which explores the complexities of relationships and an individual’s‘ game of misunderstandings' in his or her quest for happiness. It attempts to reveal the areas of relationships that are hidden in public specifically the ...

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Hope Place – Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Michael Wynne Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: May Mellstrom ‘I never know if you’re telling me the truth or a story’. Playwright Michael Wynne weaves fact and fiction together in Hope Place, an absorbing new play specially commissioned for the opening season of the rebuilt Everyman Theatre. A family gather in the basement kitchen of 8 Hope Place, a house ...

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Opera North: La Boheme – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Giacomo Puccini Libretto: Giuseppe Giacoso and Luigi IllicaAnita Director: Phyllida Lloyd Revival Director: Michael Barker-Caven Conductor: Andreas Delfs Reviewer: Jo Beggs Phyllida Lloyd’s La Boheme is squalid. Nobody’s going away tonight with romantic visions of bohemian Paris, the charmed life of the artist, starving but nourished by his own genius. Lloyd pairs this extraordinary opera back to the bare ...

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Spring Awakening – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Frank Wedekind Adaptor: Anya Reiss Director: Ben Kidd Reviewer: Clare Boswell Anya Reiss’s updated version of Frank Wedekind’s 1906 play Spring Awakening is currently undergoing a national tour. Wedekind’s original text was hugely controversial when it was first premiered at the turn of the 20th Century; it’s overtly sexual content and dialogue causing mass riots. Anya Reiss has recently ...

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McBusted – Liverpool Echo Arena

Reviewer: John Roberts We may not quite be at the year 3000 just yet, but this Back to the Future themed tour from newly formed pop-rock super-group McBusted certainly pulls out all the stops to thrill and entertain the thriving and rather vocal Liverpool audience. McBusted formed in 2013 from members of both McFly and Busted (Can you see what ...

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Gravity & Levity: Rites of War – The Lowry, Salford

Direction &Choreography: Darshan Singh Bhuller Aerial Dance: Lindsey Butcher Advisor: David Loyn Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Gravity &Levity is a company founded in 2003 by dancer and aerialist Lindsey Butcher to combine the two forms to create new multi-disciplinary theatrical and sited works. Rites of War, in collaboration with choreographer Darshan Singh Bhuller and BBC Afghanistan Correspondent David Loyn, marks the ...

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