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Mark Thomas: Showtime from the Frontline – Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool

Director: Joe Douglas Writer: Mark Thomas Reviewer: Matt Forrest Mark Thomas has been performing stand-up comedy for 33 years. His shows have seldom deviated from a format whereby Thomas will take a story and recount it with him playing all the various characters - from activist to authority figure, freedom-fighter to slimy arms-dealer, Thomas would play them all. However, for ...

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Sleeping Trees at the Movies Trilogy: Sci-fi – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Tom Parry Writers/Directors: James Dunnell-Smith, John Woodburn, and Joshua George Smith Reviewer: Sam Lowe Sci-fi splendidly sucks the audience into a theatrical black hole, "spaghettifies" them, and leaves them in a tangled state of consciousness. Forcing them to ask the question, "What in the world did I just watch?" The audience are rocketed to the planet Plutopia, which rules ...

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Bingo! – Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

three women and a table

Writers: Anita Vettesse and Johnny McKnight Director: Jemima Levick Composer: Alan Penman Reviewer: S.E. Webster Pens at the ready! Eyes down! It’s fun, entertaining and contains only minor bloodshed. Not your average night at the theatre – much better in fact! A new collaboration between Stella Quines Theatre Company and Grid Iron, Bingo! focuses on the trials and tribulations of ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong – Darlington Hippodrome

Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: Mark Clegg For a pretty obvious idea so rich in available humour, it’s hard to understand why it took so long for someone to create a play that was presented as a disastrous amateur production. This is the idea that Mischief Theatre came up with, in 2013 when The Play That Goes Wrong debuted above a ...

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Rob Newman’s Total Eclipse of Descartes – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Rob Newman Reviewer: Jo Beggs Is it possible, asks Rob Newman in his new stand-up show, Total Eclipse of Descartes, for a better understanding of philosophy to help us work out the complicated and depressing world we live in today? What can Sartre or Descartes teach us about contemporary society? At least it’s a different take on stand-up than ...

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Ed Byrne : Spoiler Alert – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Spoiler Alert holding a chainsaw the image is misleading. It is hard to think of a more amiable comedian; the only point in the evening when he comes close to losing his temper is due to a patron repeatedly using her mobile phone. This affable personality is at odds with the theme of the show which is ...

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All Killa No Filla – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Lizz Clark  True crime podcasts are now so popular that the satirical website The Onion recently sent up the genre with six-part spoof A Very Fatal Murder. But All Killa No Filla, hosted by comedians Rachel Fairburn and Kiri Pritchard-McLean, isn't a typical example of the form. While it covers all the serial killer stories that aficionados might expect ...

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The Importance of Being Earnest – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Alastair Whatley Writer: Oscar Wilde Reviewer: Helen Tope There are few writers who can boast such a reputation as Oscar Wilde. His death in 1900, after a spectacular fall from grace, is a story so compelling it almost eclipses his impressive list of credits – almost. An Ideal Husband, Lady Windermere’s Fan, The Importance of Being Earnest takes top ...

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