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Forced Entertainment: Real Magic – HOME, Manchester

Director: Tim Etchells Reviewer: Lizz Clark Art meets theatre in Real Magic, a show in which one scene is repeated over and over, with seemingly infinite variation. Claire Marshall, Jerry Killick and Richard Lowdon are trying to perform a mind-reading act, but it doesn't work. They switch roles, perform the same act with minor variations, and it doesn't work again ...

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Nativity – Palace Theatre, Manchester

A man in the foreground reads a letter as children on a bunk bed watch

Lyrics and Music: Nicky Ager and Debbie Isitt Writer/Director: Debbie Isitt Reviewer” Matthew Forrest It is my firm belief that celebrating Christmas should be kept to December:  we seem to be beginning our festivities earlier and earlier each year, however in honour of the arrival of Nativity, to the Palace Theatre Manchester I’m prepared to make an exception because if ...

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Dickie Beau: Re-Member Me – Contact, Manchester

Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Dickie Beau – ‘award-winning lip sync maestro and drag fabulist’ - is the alternative performance identity of perfectly-decent actor Richard Boyce. But Dickie has decided – or accepted, maybe - that he will never play the Dane: that epic Shakespearean role so often used a marker for acting greatness. The result is Re-Member Me – a show ...

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Elf – The Lowry, Salford

Book: Thomas Meehan & Bob Martin Music: Matthew Sklar Lyrics: Chad Begulen Director: Morgan Young Reviewer: Alisha McCracken If you are looking for a sparklejollytwinklejingley treat to take the family to this festive season, then one would be hard pushed to find a more enjoyable, feel good, sugarcoated show than Elf currently taking residency at The Lowry this Christmas. Based ...

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Crazy For You – Opera House, Manchester

Book: Ken Ludwig Music and lyrics: George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin Director: Paul Hart Reviewer: Sam Lowe The theatre announcer explains that all the music will be played live on stage. A refreshing change considering the musicians are usually hidden away in the orchestra pit. Actor musicianship has been a recent trend in theatre for over decade now and provides ...

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The Snow Dragon – The Lowry, Salford

Devised by Tall Stories Director: Toby Mitchells Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Tall Stories is a phenomenally successful children’s theatre company. You may not be familiar with their name but you cannot have failed to miss posters for sell-out adaptations of Julia Donaldson favourites like The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child and Room on the Broom on billboards, buses and theatres. These productions ...

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Daniel Sloss: Now – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Paul Maguire Daniel Sloss is ambitious. This 27-year-old ‘veteran’ of the comedy circuit eventually wants to be regarded as one of the greatest stand-up comedians of all time. Is this a hubristic belief or a realistic aspiration? His early career was indeed meteoric. As a 14-year-old he wrote jokes for Frankie Boyle, at 17 he was a finalist in ...

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 Illuminate – Manchester Central Library 

Artistic Direction: Kevin Edward Turner Choreography: Kevin Edward Turner, Anthony Missen Musical Direction: Miguel Marin Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Illuminate is a site-specific promenade dance performance created by Manchester dance company Company Chameleon and commissioned by Manchester Central Library for their Library Live cultural events programme. Illuminate explores seven themes or plot-lines that have underpinned literature through the centuries, in an ...

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