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Comedy Club 4 Kids – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jay Nuttall It is exactly what is says in the title. Why should stand-up comedy only be for adults? Don’t children appreciate the art of someone standing on stage and trying to make them laugh? Stand-up comedy for children is not a new phenomenon. James Campbell has been a professional stand-up comic specialising in a younger audience for years ...

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Danza Contemporanea De Cuba – The Lowry, Salford

Danza Contemporánea de Cuba in Matri -Etnocentra -Foreground Iosmaly Ordoñez

Choreographers: Annabelle López Ochoa, Theo Clinkard, George Céspedes Reviewer: Jo Beggs Choreographer Annabelle López Ochoa describes the dancers of Danza Contemporanea De Cuba as “strong and abundant with energy…very generous and high powered dancers which is common for them – quite uncommon in the rest of the world…they dance like to last time they are going to dance”. All of ...

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Superbooty – Epstein Theatre, Liverpool

Michael Chapman as Superbooty

Writer/Director: Michael Chapman Reviewer: John Roberts Just in time for a half-term treat Michael Chapman, best known in Liverpool as the Epstein Theatre's resident dame, brings his latest lycra-cladded alter-ego to the stage in her first full-length fun-filled family show. Superbooty originally made a small debut to fix a plot hole in one of the Epstein's pantomimes a few years ...

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Million Dollar Quartet – Liverpool Empire

Image by Darren Bell

Book: Colin Escott &Flloyd Mutrix Conceived by Flloyd Mutrix Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: John Roberts On one cold Memphis evening on December 4, 1956 - at the famous Sun Studios, legendary record producer Sam Phillips was in a recording studio laying down tracks for recent number one artist Carl Philips... playing for him that session was an unknown live-wire pianist called ...

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Skylight – Theatr Clwyd, Mold

Writer: David Hare Director: Tamara Harvey Reviewer: Emma Boswell David Hare’s Olivier Award-winning Skylight comes to Mold’s Theatr Clwyd this month.  This new production of the 1995 drama is directed by its own Artistic Director, Tamara Harvey. Skylight tells the tale of thirty-something altruistic secondary school teacher Kyra (Jeany Spark), who is visited by both her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Jay Villiers), ...

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Glasgow Girls – Liverpool Playhouse

2017 UK Tour of The Glasgow Girls

Director/Composer: Cora Bissett Reviewer: John Roberts “Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie, O, what a panic's in thy breastie! Thou need na start awa sae hasty, Wi' bickering brattle! I wad be laith to rin an' chase thee, Wi' murd'ring pattle! In a post-Brexit state, the plight of the Glasgow Girls seems just as timely now as it was over a ...

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Richard Alston Dance Company: An Italian in Madrid – The Lowry, Salford

Artistic Director: Richard Alston Choreography: Richard Alston, Martin Lawrance Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Richard Alston, Artistic Director of The Place and his own company based there, is one of the UK’s leading choreographers. Once a radical pioneer, present from the emergence of British contemporary dance – when that in itself was radical – Alston formed the UK’s first independent dance company ...

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Cyrano – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-Under-Lyme

Writer: Edmond Rostand Adaptor: Deborah McAndrew Director: Conrad Nelson Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall Both heart-warming and heart-breaking in equal measure, this adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s play Cyrano de Bergerac is a poetic delight. Taking a classic and reimagining it into a culturally relevant piece of art is no mean feat, yet Northern Broadsides consistently achieve this through their adaptations. Cyrano is ...

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