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Bridget Christie: Because You Demanded It – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Lizz Clark Early on in her set, speeding off on a sideways train of thought, the award-winning comic starts to sashay and stride around the stage like an extra from a Ministry of Silly Walks sketch. Knees flailing and arms akimbo, she hams up an East End accent and strings lots of long words together without saying very much. ...

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Tony Law – The Lowry – Salford

Tony Law hugging a tree

Reviewer: Matt Forrest If you’re looking for a string of gags or a set of one-liners you can pass off when you’re down the pub with your mates, then sadly Tony Law is not the man for you: during the 80minute set, not a single joke was told. However, what we are treated to is a journey into the mind ...

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Ellen Kent’s Aida – Palace Theatre, Manchester.

Music: Giuseppe Verdi. Libretto: Antonio Ghislanzoni. Director: Ellen Kent. Conductors: Nicolae Dohotaru and Vasyl Vasylenko. Reviewer: Sam Lowe. For 25 years, Ellen Kent has been producing and touring opera and ballet in the UK. Kent's productions have reached audience numbers of around five million people since 1995. In her own words, Kent attempts to make opera "entertaining and visually spectacular ...

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Tank – HOME, Manchester

Two men with dark background

Writer: Billy Barrett, Ellice Stevens, Joe Boylan, Craig Hamilton, Victoria Watson Director: Billy Barrett and Ellice Stevens Reviewer: Andrea Allen It’s 1965. High-school drop-out Margaret Lovatt journeys across her Caribbean Island hometown and talks her way into a job at a cutting-edge animal research lab. Fast forward a bit and she’s living in a fully-waterproofed house with Peter the dolphin ...

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Northern Ballet: Casanova – The Lowry, Salford

Choreographer: Kenneth Tindall Music: Kerry Muzzey Reviewer: Tate James The name Casanova is synonymous with the ultimate lover in modern parlance but far lesser known are the details of his story. Giacomo Casanova’s mind is constantly distracted from his training as a priest, by desires both intellectual and sexual. Seduced by convent girls and dismissed from the church with only ...

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Swear School – Contact, Manchester

Man in glasses and teacher's mortar board

Writer: Thick Richard Reviewer: Andrea Allen It’s back to school time, but this isn’t your standard comprehensive school, this is Swear School. Time to swot up on your A-Z of swearing, there will be questions and if you’re good you might even get a sticker. Accompanied by Brat, a polystyrene puppet school-child who’s had his mouth washed out with soap ...

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Swansong – The Lowry, Salford

Two men, two women adrift on a swan pedalo

Writer: Sadie Spencer and Tom Black Director: George Chilcott Reviewer: Jo Beggs Steven, Claire, Andy and Bobby are the last survivors in a globally warmed and flooded world. Adrift on a swan-shaped pedalo, the four strangers start to make plans for their post-apocalyptic world.  Of course, they’re not exactly the people you’d hope to be stranded with at the end ...

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