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Meat Pie, Sausage Roll – Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Oldham

Music and Lyrics: Carol Donaldson Writers: Cathy Crabb and Lindsay Williams Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Donna Kelly The Lancashire town of Oldham is known for many things, cotton mills, the invention of the tubular bandage and birth place of scientist Professor Brian Cox to name but a few. But in the late 1980s and early 1990s it was town's football ...

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Escaped Alone – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Caryl Churchill Director: James Macdonald Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Caryl Churchill's new play, produced by The Royal Court in London, is venturing on a small tour after playing two sold out runs in London. A small tour it may be - taking in Salford, Cambridge and Bristol - but it has just returned from a visit stateside after two weeks ...

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017 Dance – Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

Creative Learning Manager: Paul Adams Reviewer: Carol Lovatt Every year at the Regent Theatre there is a spectacle of dance and performance which celebrates the exceptional talent and creativity not only in Stoke, but also in Staffordshire and the North West as a whole.  This festival of dance lasts for five days and showcases a host of local schools, community ...

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Susan Calman: The Calman Before The Storm – The Lowry, Salford

Comedian Susan Calman

  Reviewer: Dave Cunningham In the second half of The Calman Before The Storm  Susan Calman reads out tweets submitted by audience members during the interval detailing acts of kindness they have either administered or received. It is a charming sequence and some of the submissions leave Calman visibly moved.  It is, however, a bit out of place in a ...

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Count Arthur Strong: The Sound of Mucus Tour – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Steve Delaney Director: Graham Duff Reviewer: Jim Gillespie   Steve Delaney matures with age. Like fine wine or the “Scottish Lucozade” with which Count Arthur Strong lubricates his evening at Salford’s Lyric Theatre. After two decades bringing the Count to life, the two grow closer in age, and Delaney becomes more totally believable as the unnatural offspring of Harry ...

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Home – The Lowry, Salford.

Writers: Amber Onat Gregory and Lucy Garland. Director: Kate O’Connor. Reviewer: Sam Lowe. Frozen Light Theatre’s Home teases out the inner child in everyone, regardless of their age and who they are. The production immerses special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and non-SEND audiences in a multi-sensory story of wonder and discovery. In the story, Scarlet and Olive must learn ...

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Tom Allen and Suzi Ruffell – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest  It was a case of “double your pleasure double your fun” in Salford tonight as The Lowry welcomed not one but two comedians’ for a joint headline show: Tom Allen and Suzi Ruffell have decided to take their headline Edinburgh shows on the road together. Up first is Ruffell with her show Common: a funny, heartfelt look ...

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Nell Gwynn – The Lowry, Salford

Laura Pitt-Pulford as Nell Gwynn

Writer: Jessica Swale Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Lizz Clark Saucy, witty and beautiful: Nell Gwynn must have been quite a woman to rise to fame from the level of a humble orange-seller and bewitch the heart of King Charles II. Jessica Swale's warm-hearted comic play follows Nell from the moment she is 'spotted' and begins to act, through her affair ...

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