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Jon Richardson: Old Man – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Emma Boswell  Jon Richardson, best known as a regular team captain on 8 out of 10 Cats, has brought his Old Man tour to The Lowry for three nights as part of his five-month run. Richardson’s life has changed a lot since his last tour: he has surprised everyone (but mainly himself) in bagging himself a wife (fellow stand-up ...

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Dinosaur World – The Lowry, Salford

Writer/Director: Derek Bond Do you know your Giraffatitan from your Segnosaurus? Or the difference between a Tyrannosaurus Rex and a Triceratops? No, me neither. As a child many moons ago, I knew my dinosaurs better than I did my own family but alas getting old meant my dinosaur knowledge took a back seat: well luckily for me and several little ...

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Jasmin Vardimon Company: Pinocchio – The Lowry, Salford

Pinocchio runs among dancers dressed as Donkeys

Artistic Director and Choreographer: Jasmin Vardimon Reviewer: Peter Jacobs For Jasmin Vardimon – one of the UK’s most original and creative dance theatre-makers – the decision to tackle a classic or children’s story as her next project - to create an adaptation of Pinocchio - may seem odd at first. But her style of cleverly articulated physical theatre, big characterisation, ...

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The Beggar’s Opera – Storyhouse, Chester

Writer: Glyn Maxwell Director: Alex Clifton Reviewer: Clare Boswell The opening of Chester’s new Storyhouse theatre has certainly been eagerly awaited. Deprived of the Gateway Theatre for over a decade, the city has been screaming out for a replacement. Chester hasn’t been devoid of cultural offerings, with fantastic work from both Theatre in the Quarter and Grosvenor Park open air ...

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Ringside – The Lowry, Salford

Trapeze artist Ellie Dubois swinging on trapeze using her legs

Reviewer: Jo Beggs A solitary audience member is taken through a locked door, into a bare breeze-block corridor which leads to the back of the Lyric stage. Through a second door, you’re plunged into the darkness of the stage, dark except for an empty trapeze glowing with soft golden light. A sharp line of light on the floor just inside ...

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Herding Cats – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Lucinda Coxon Director: Lawrence Evans Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen Behind the laughs of the intimate audience at Play With Fire Productions’ latest performance comes a real sense of melancholy and unease. Herding Cats, by Lucinda Coxon, tells the stories of a trio of characters, all crippled by the loneliness of life, but each armed with their own facades and coping ...

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Katy Brand: I Was A Teenage Christian – The Lowry, Salford

Portrait of Comedian Katy Brand in front of a vibrant yellow backdrop

Writer: Katy Brand Reviewer: Dave Cunningham According to Karl Marx religion is the opium of the people – keeping them sedate and compliant. For Katy Brand, however, the reverse is true; when she became a Fundamentalist Christian in her early teens her confidence increased and she was transformed into a fiery preacher, prone to lecturing her schoolmates and declaring that ...

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Reckless Sleepers: Schrödinger – Contact, Manchester

Company on stage - with chalkboards behind.

Artistic Director: Mole Wetherell Reviewer: Peter Jacobs UK-Belgian company Reckless Sleepers was formed in 1988, taking its name from a painting by the Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte. The company was partially formed in reaction to the contradiction of theatre attempting to portray realism in an environment that is fundamentally unrealistic: a desire to escape the conventions of theatre and to ...

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