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18-22, Attractive, Insecure – Courtyard Theatre, London

Writers: Bethan Leyshon and Elaine O’Dwyer Directors: Gráinne Byrne and Emily Cameron Reviewer: Scott Matthewman There is a website called Casting Call Woe that catalogues all the ridiculous casting breakdowns for acting roles looking for young women. Such roles are usually underwritten, with any characterisation junked as quickly as the creators want their actresses to shed their clothes. Such indignities ...

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Dave Spikey – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Paul Maguire Dave Spikey performed his first stand-up show in 1987 while working as a biomedical scientist at Bolton General Hospital. He tells the three-quarter full Quay Theatre that tonight's show is the story of his career. A tale of how he got from that point 30 years ago, to where he is now via winning The Best Newcomer ...

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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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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Circled In The Radio Times – The Warren Studio 2

Circled In The Radio Times

Writer: John Osborne Reviewer: Richard Maguire Does what we watch on TV reveal more about us than we think? This funny and moving one-man show believes so. Having the same name as one of the most famous British dramatists of the 20th Century must come as both a blessing and a curse for John Osborne, the young poet and storyteller, ...

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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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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Harun with a View – The Blue Man

Reviewer: Simon Topping Harun Musho’d walks onto the stage in a lovely grey suit; he later confesses is from BHS. A tall, bespectacled man he is, possibly, the first person ever to control their walk on music with a watch; the crowd wow at the technology. This is the start of Harun With A View, a journey into the mind ...

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Stewart Lee: Content Provider – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jay Nuttall You should pretty much know what to expect when you buy a ticket to see Stewart Lee. If you don’t you have most definitely gone to the wrong gig. In the final year of his forties, Lee is not one to suffer fools gladly – not that he ever has. And as ever – we, his loyal ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Blocked – Sweet Dukebox

Blocked

Director: Scott Le Crass Reviewer: Sophie Huggins A blank stage except for a microphone, stool and bottle of water can only mean one thing: a stand-up show. However, Blocked attempts to twist with the audience’s expectations of a comedy routine, but whether this is successfully carried out is uncertain. The one performer – Laura Curnick, with presence and charisma, plays comedienne ...

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