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Dickie Beau: Re-Member Me – Contact, Manchester

Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Dickie Beau – ‘award-winning lip sync maestro and drag fabulist’ - is the alternative performance identity of perfectly-decent actor Richard Boyce. But Dickie has decided – or accepted, maybe - that he will never play the Dane: that epic Shakespearean role so often used a marker for acting greatness. The result is Re-Member Me – a show ...

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Elf – The Lowry, Salford

Book: Thomas Meehan & Bob Martin Music: Matthew Sklar Lyrics: Chad Begulen Director: Morgan Young Reviewer: Alisha McCracken If you are looking for a sparklejollytwinklejingley treat to take the family to this festive season, then one would be hard pushed to find a more enjoyable, feel good, sugarcoated show than Elf currently taking residency at The Lowry this Christmas. Based ...

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Crazy For You – Opera House, Manchester

Book: Ken Ludwig Music and lyrics: George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin Director: Paul Hart Reviewer: Sam Lowe The theatre announcer explains that all the music will be played live on stage. A refreshing change considering the musicians are usually hidden away in the orchestra pit. Actor musicianship has been a recent trend in theatre for over decade now and provides ...

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The Snow Dragon – The Lowry, Salford

Devised by Tall Stories Director: Toby Mitchells Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Tall Stories is a phenomenally successful children’s theatre company. You may not be familiar with their name but you cannot have failed to miss posters for sell-out adaptations of Julia Donaldson favourites like The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child and Room on the Broom on billboards, buses and theatres. These productions ...

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Daniel Sloss: Now – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Paul Maguire Daniel Sloss is ambitious. This 27-year-old ‘veteran’ of the comedy circuit eventually wants to be regarded as one of the greatest stand-up comedians of all time. Is this a hubristic belief or a realistic aspiration? His early career was indeed meteoric. As a 14-year-old he wrote jokes for Frankie Boyle, at 17 he was a finalist in ...

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 Illuminate – Manchester Central Library 

Artistic Direction: Kevin Edward Turner Choreography: Kevin Edward Turner, Anthony Missen Musical Direction: Miguel Marin Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Illuminate is a site-specific promenade dance performance created by Manchester dance company Company Chameleon and commissioned by Manchester Central Library for their Library Live cultural events programme. Illuminate explores seven themes or plot-lines that have underpinned literature through the centuries, in an ...

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Pirates of the Carabina: Flown – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Despite what it sounds similar to this is not a show parodying swashbuckling seafaring, shanties, and swordfights – although one could be forgiven as we are greeted into the theatre by the sound of waves. Pirates of the Carabina are a troupe at the forefront of British circus and their show, Flown, has toured for a few ...

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Man on the Moon – Contact, Manchester

Writer: Keisha Thompson Director: Benji Reid Reviewer: Lizz Clark Keisha Thompson is an astonishing writer and performer. It's not so much the poetic phrases and star-gazing metaphors that pepper her solo piece, Man on the Moon – though these are plentiful. It's the delicate way that she handles big issues like mental health, family, and black identity so that these broad ...

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