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Michael Winslow: Man of 10,000 Voices – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs [rating:4] Michael Winslow is a man who makes sounds…thousands of sounds, sounds you never thought a man could make. Power tools, screaming guitars, that beepy noise the supermarket scanner makes, sex toys. Strange sounds, movie sounds, everyday sounds. Michael Winslow is also the man who played Sgt. Larvelle “Motor Mouth” Jones in the Police Academy movies. Given ...

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Simon Amstell: Numb – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [rating:5] The British public have seen Simon Amstell’s career progress nicely over the last few years. From his sarcastic interviewing style on Popworld, to offending D-list “celebrities” on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, to writing and performing in the superb Grandma’s House. But stand-up is where he really shines, and this follow-up to his wonderful ‘Do Nothing’ show ...

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Avenue Q – Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

Book by: Jeff Witty Music and Lyrics: Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx Director: Jason Moore Reviewer: Jenni Dixon [Rating: 4.5]   Avenue Q was first seen on stage in 2003 on Broadway and has been a West End hit since 2006. The Theatre Royal Bath is now touring for a second time after great success throughout 2011. As the audience ...

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Stewart Francis : Outstanding in his Field – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham [Rating:4] Stewart Francis is a throwback to past generations of comedians who revealed little of their private lives but developed routines full of dynamite one-liners and jokes with actual punchlines.Francis certainly isn't an observational comic; he expresses puzzled admiration for those like Michael McIntyre ( ' I don't know how he does it. Oh yes : he ...

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The Boy With Tape on his Face – Contact, Manchester

Reviewer: Clare Boswell [rating:4] Nominated for the Best Newcomer award at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010 and heralded as Chortle’s breakthrough act in 2011, it was no surprise that Contact Theatre’s Space 1 was packed to the rafters on Tuesday evening, awaiting the arrival of ‘The Boy With Tape on His Face’. Likeable local Lancashire lass Kate Mulgrew got the ...

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Closer Each Day – The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

Reviewer: Holly Spanner [rating:4] Set in a dark room above The White Bear pub, The Wardrobe Theatre is an intimate new theatre space for Bristol which opened in 2011. It is accessed via a creaky wooden staircase, which adds to the rather exciting nature of the venue, however unfortunately means the theatre is not accessible to wheelchair users. Closer Each ...

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Rory Bremner and Friends – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs [rating:1.5] If you think having bland politicians is bad for the country, then spare a thought for poor old Rory Bremner. Bremner made his career in the late eighties and early nineties when we have some real characters in Westminster and the White House. Bremner himself admits that there’s little to play with. He has a decent ...

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Birds of a Feather – The Lowry, Salford

Writers: Gary Lawson/John Phelps and Laurence Marks/Maurice Gran Director: Simon James Green Reviewer: Helen Jones [Rating:3.5] The Birds of a Feather have reunited on stage, 14 years after leaving our television screens. The characters are older but not wiser, and the whole evening is basically an extended episode of the show. It does still manage to be a light-hearted evening's ...

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