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Waiting for God – The Lowry Salford

older man and woman sitting on a bed

Writer: Michael Aitkens Director: David Grindley   Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Some years ago theatres were congested with adaptations of well-loved TV sitcoms. Michael Aitkens’s Waiting for God missed out on the fad but that may be to its advantage as the adaptation now feels more like a ‘proper’ play rather than a nostalgic cash-in. Diana (Nichola McAuliffe) is a retired photo-journalist ...

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Eddie Izzard: Believe Me – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Clare Boswell Eddie Izzard is a remarkable man. From avidly watching his many shows over the years, including Dressed to Kill, Unrepeatable and Glorious it is undoubtable that Izzard is a first-class stand-up. However, what has become apparent since then is his many other talents ranging from acting through to his gargantuan feat of running 27 marathons in 27 ...

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MIF 2017: Party Skills for the End of the World –  Centenary Building, Salford

Writer: Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari with Abgail Conway Reviwer: Dave Cunningham Although the degree may differ parties and theatre are both social events at which people interact. In   Party Skills for the End of the World, creators Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari, along with designer Abgail Conway, set out to demolish the imaginary wall between audience and performers. This ...

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Trolley Girls – The King’s Arms, Salford.

Writer/Director: Jessica Forest and Olivia Nicholson. Reviewer: Sam Lowe What an eye catching name for a theatre company. Sugar Butties Theatre are a young company, who have developed Trolley Girls for a while, taking it to various theatre festivals around the country. Tonight, this two-hander performance is presented as part of The Greater Manchester Fringe, and it slots right in ...

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Taha – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Amer Hlehel  Translator/Director Amir Nizar Zuabi Director: Amir Nizar Zuabi Reviewer: Jo Beggs Growing up in Palestine in the 1940s, Taha Muhammed Ali was already proving himself a shrewd businessman and intellectual in his mid-teens. Full of determination and with an intense thirst for learning, Taha takes it upon himself to drag his family out of poverty and delights ...

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The Hound of the Baskervilles – Great Northern Warehouse, Manchester

Writer: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Adaptor/Director: Thomas Moore Reviewer: Donna Kelly When Northern Rep launched late last year, the new theatre co-operative promised to deliver shows that are innovative, affordable and unpredictable… and their barking spoof of The Hound of the Baskervilles is certainly that. Based loosely on classic mystery by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles ...

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Simon and Garfunkel: Through the Years – The Lowry, Salford

Simon & Garfunkel by Bookends

Writer: Paul Simon Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The term ‘Tribute Act’ is often used simply as a shorthand way of attracting audiences who want an undemanding night out listening to live re-creations of songs by groups who have disbanded or no longer play live. In the case of Dan Haynes and Pete Richards, who perform under the name Bookends, there is ...

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The First Hippo on the Moon – The Lowry, Salford

  Writer: David Wallaims Company: Les Petits Reviewer: Clare Boswell  Based on the bestselling book by David Walliams, the critically acclaimed production of The First Hippo on the Moon has been adapted by acclaimed award winning Theatre company Les Petits, is currently on tour and myself and my young companions (aged 5 and 2) had the pleasure of seeing it at The ...

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