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The Perfect Murder – The Opera House, Manchester

Writer: Peter James Adaptor:Shaun McKenna Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Seb Farrell Have you ever wondered how to commit the perfect murder? This is the question we’re posed while watching feuding couple Victor and Joan Smiley and their exploits trying to privately organise each other’s ultimate demise with their extramarital partners. The Perfect Murder, a book by Peter James adapted for ...

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Gary Delaney: Purist – The Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Reviewer: Dave Sedgewick The blurb on Gary Delaney’s publicity for his stand-up tour ‘Purist’ carries the following message: “Expect jokes not stories. Don’t Expect: Narrative, themes or a voyage of self-discovery.” But is it a warning or a promise? That of course depends upon the enigma which is taste. The man who once scooped fifth place for funniest joke at ...

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Robin Cousins’ ICE – Lowry, Salford

Creator/Choreographer: Robin Cousins Producer: Jamie Wilson Reviewer: Paul Downham Dancing on Ice may have finished on our television screens earlier this year, but the appetite for live ice shows continues with a third production hitting the North West in as many weeks playing to a packed audience. This time Robin Cousins brings his ICE show to The Lowry in Salford. ...

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The Gruffalo – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Julia Donaldson Director: Olivia Jacobs Reviewer: Ruth Lovett What more can you want during the Easter holidays than an hour in the deep dark wood with one of modern children’s literacy’s greatest characters; the Gruffalo. Having staked a place in children’s hearts for 15 years, his stage show is eagerly anticipated by some very excited faces in the audience. ...

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Rime – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Samuel Taylor Coleridge Reviewer: Laura Maley With a blend of circus skills, physical theatre, dance, acrobatics, and song, Square Peg Contemporary Circus bring an atmospheric interpretation of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner to The Lowry. Rime tells the story of an old sailor relaying his long sea voyage, involving the supernatural, danger and death, ...

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Duet for One – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Tom Kempinski Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: May Mellstrom   In a rare and ambitious double-header, Bolton’s Octagon Theatre is staging two of playwright Tom Kempinski’s works in repertoire, with the same cast playing the only two rôles in both. The first of these, Duet for One, is an affirming and touching play that premiered in 1980 but was updated ...

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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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