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One Dream: The Beryl Marsden Story – Epstein Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Mike Howl Director: Sophie Tickle Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin If you thought nostalgia isn't what it used to be – then think again.A simple desire to celebrate the heady days of The Cavern is what propels One Dream: The Beryl Marsden Story forward.Transferring from famous Cavern Club to The Epstein at the time when Beryl marks the 50th anniversary of ...

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The Oysterband in concert – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Funny how things turn out. During their early career The Oysterband was poorly compared with The Pogues; the groups shared the approach of mixing folk music with punk ethics but the latter had much greater lyrical power and credibility. Nowadays The Pogues are stuck in the nostalgia touring circuit while folk royalty like June Tabor regards The ...

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Greg Wohead: The Ted Bundy Project – Contact, Manchester

Writer: Greg Wohead Reviewer: Jo Beggs Late one night, trawling the internet, Greg Wohead came across Ted Bundy’s confession tapes. Bundy’s slow, measured recollections of his vicious murders fascinated Wohead and he became pretty obsessed. It’s hardly surprising. There’s no shortage of an audience for a serial killer, the shops are full of true crime novels and stacked to the ...

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Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story – Empire Theatre, Liverpool

Musical Director: John Banister Writer and Producer: Alan James Director: Matt Salisbury Reviewer: Mel Duncan The story of Buddy Holly's rise to fame, through hard work, determination and good luck is a fascinating one. The story of an international music career spanning a mere three years: a story of Romeo and Juliet proportions when one considers the legacy left in ...

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12° North: Triple Bill 2014 – The Lowry, Salford

Choreography: Lea Anderson, Ellen Turner, James Wilton, Beth Bracegirdle Reviewer: Peter Jacobs 12° North is a relatively new venture: the North West Graduate Dance Company, based at Edge Hill University. They go up against some fierce and established competition in the form of EDge (London Contemporary Dance School) and Verve (Northern Contemporary Dance School) and aim to provide a similar ...

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Silent – The Lowry, Salford

Written and performed by: Pat Kinevane Director: Jim Culleton Composer: Denis Clohessy Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Alcoholic former psychiatric patient Tino McGoldrig (sole performer Pat Kinevane who also wrote the play) is not your normal bum. He claims that his choice of wine displays ‘hobo chic’. Tino is delighted to have an audience for his reminiscence about his experiences and the ...

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Gabrielle: 20 Years Of Dreaming – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The Lowry is an early date on Gabrielle’s 20 Years of Dreaming tour, which may account for some apparent teething problems. The show begins an hour later than the published start time. An announcement at the end of the support act gives the impression that Gabrielle is about to come on stage leaving the audience puzzled when ...

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Twelfth Night – Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Gemma Bodinetz Reviewer: John Roberts The atmosphere was electric as the first press night in the impressive new Everyman Theatre on Liverpool’s Hope Street went underway. Here is a building that has been built from the ground up, its open spaces, brick walls, friendly staff and top of the range facilities still feel familiar, walking into ...

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