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Simon Day: In Character – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs Simon Day’s In Character show on a Sunday night at The Lowry has drawn a disappointingly small audience. There’s a surprising lack of atmosphere in the first ten minutes of his character comedy set, despite him kicking off with one of his oldest, best-known characters – The Fast Show’s pub bore, Billy Bleach. Day stumbles through a ...

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Up’n’Under – Oldham Coliseum

Writer: John Godber Director: Chris Lawson Reviewer: Iain Sykes Over thirty years after its inception in the rugby league heartland of Hull, John Godber’s comedy Up’n’Under is as sharp as ever in another hotspot of that particular sport. This Oldham Coliseum production has the unusual aspect of the Oldham audience cheering for a group of Yorkshire lads rather than the ...

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2Faced Dance Company: Outlands – The Lowry, Salford

Choreography: Ronita Mookerji, Emma Jayne Park, Hema Bharathi Reviewer: Peter Jacobs In their usual guise, 2Faced Dance Company is an all-male dance company with a strong urban flavour, choreographed by Tamsin Fitzgerald. This incarnation sees a triple bill programme of female-choreographed and performed work with a strong (mostly) Indian identity. In 2015, Tamsin Fitzgerald founded The BENCH, a project aimed ...

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Things I Know To Be True – The Lowry, Salford 

Writer: Andrew Bovell Directors: Geordie Brookman and Scott Graham Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Things I Know To Be True is a modern Australian play by Andrew Bovell, now embarking on its third touring production since its inception in 2013. The play is a co-production between State Theatre Company South Australia and the UK’s own popular and critically-regarded Frantic Assembly. Direction duties ...

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The Kite Runner – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Khaled Hosseini Adaptor: Matthew Spangler Director: Giles Croft Reviewer: Jo Beggs Khaled Hosseini’s first novel, published in 2003, was, for many, a shocking portrait of Afghanistan during the rise of the Taliban, that brought home the horrors of a country in deeply personal stories. A huge best-seller, it was later made into a film that gave Hosseini’s story a ...

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Ed Gamble: Mammoth – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Completing his usual month-long run at The Edinburgh International Festival Ed Gamble is on a mammoth tour. Well, he is on tour and mammoth is the name of his show. A growing televisual presence may mean his face his familiar but his name not hugely known outside the stand-up comedy circuit. A comic, writer and actor his ...

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Stick Man – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Julia Donaldson Adapter: Scamp Theatre Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Theatre companies and producers must jump for joy upon learning they have acquired the theatrical rights to a popular children’s bedtime book. With companies like Tall Stories eternally producing favourites like The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom, big business can be made from small picture books. Scamp ...

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Shobana Jeyasingh Dance: Bayadère – The Ninth Life – The Lowry, Salford

Choreography: Shobana Jeyasingh Composer: Gabriel Prokofiev Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Shobana Jeyasingh is a well-established and much-respected British choreographer whose work is rooted in her own British Asian experience and the classical Indian dance she grew up studying. Several years ago she saw a production of the now relatively little-seen (outside London) classical ballet La Bayadère. Created by the legendary Marius ...

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