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Out of this World – The Lowry, Salford

Writer and Director: Mark Murphy Reviewer: Andrea Allen Tracking the story of an injured woman’s disorientating stumble into a medically induced coma, Mark Murphy’s Out of this World combines aerial choreography with projection and sound in an ambitious attempt to enter the tumultuous depths of the comatose mind. Visually, Out of this World does a pretty good job of living ...

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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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