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The Misfit Analysis – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Cian Binchy with Access all Areas Director: Nick Llewellyn Reviewer: Matt Forrest Now I’ll lay my cards on the table from the get-go: I am a support worker with over seven years experience working with people with learning difficulties, which include Down’s Syndrome and Autism so of course I’m in expert in this field and know everything there is ...

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Sara Pascoe: Animal – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Following on from the publication of her book Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body’, Sara Pascoe continues to tour her show dealing with this subject matter. Regular TV guest on panel shows aplenty including QI, Room 101, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Have I Got News For You, Mock the Week and a spot on Live ...

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Junkyard – Theatre Clwyd

Writers: Jack Thorne and Stephen Warbeck  Director: Jeremy Herrin  Reviewer: Clare Howdon  Junkyard, currently playing at Theatre Clwyd after a successful run at Bristol Old Vic, centres around a group of young misfits who are viewed by society at large as 'junk'. Crime, teenage pregnancy and violence abound, while their exasperated headmaster (Kevin McMonagle) struggles to know what to do ...

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The Conquest of the South Pole – Liverpool Everyman, Liverpool

Writer: Manfred Karge Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin In Manfred Karge’s The Conquest of the South Pole we are introduced to the interminably dull lives of four men who exist in a cycle of tea, fishing and not working. Faced with the existential crisis of one of their troop at the opening of the show (Seiffert played in brilliant ...

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De Nada & Sardoville Dance Theatre – The Lowry, Salford

Choreographers: Carlos Pons Guerra, Luca Silvestrini Reviewer: Jo Beggs In most cases, variety is no bad thing, but tonight’s pairing of the Sardoville Dance Theatre’s rather dry A Matter of Impression with De Nada’s surreal, sexy O Maria is a slightly baffling one. The latter, an over-the-top subversion of Spanish culture, taking in sex, Catholicism and food, should be the ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures – Liverpool Playhouse

Director/Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: John Roberts It is undisputable, Sir Matthew Bourne is one of the most commercially successful of British choreographers. With a career spanning over three decades, one wouldn't be surprised if, at least once, you have witnessed his work - either through his company New Adventures or through his associations over the years with the likes of Sir ...

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Balletboyz: Life – The Lowry, Salford

Directors: Michael Nunn and William Trevitt  Choreographers: Pontus Lidberg and Javier de Frutos Music: Ben Foskett and Henryk Mikolaj Górecki Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Life, the new double bill from the all-male dance company Balletboyz combines the absurd with the macabre to stunning effect. Dance always relies on co-operation and partnership between the performers to achieve the full potential of the ...

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The Commitments – Palace Theatre, Manchester

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Writer: Roddy Doyle Director: Caroline Jay Ranger Reviewer: Jim Gillespie   Roddy Doyle has completed a hat trick with The Commitments. The original best-selling novella became a blockbuster film success and later transitioned into a West End theatre sensation. It reaches Manchester’s Palace Theatre half-way through a national tour with sell-out audiences along the way. He must have got something right. ...

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