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Footloose the Musical – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Gareth Gates and company in Footloose

Music: Tom Snow Writer: Dean Pitchford Adaptor: Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie Director: Racky Plews Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen It was turned into a film back in 1983, starring Kevin Bacon and Sarah Jessica Parker, but on stage Footloose The Musical is less of a hit. The stage adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie, like the movie, is based on ...

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Kim Noble: You’re Not Alone – Contact, Manchester

Kim Noble - with Father on video

Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Kim Noble’s You’re Not Alone is part of the SICK! Festival, in association with Word of Warning, Contact and In Between Time. SICK! Festival and SICK! Lab confronts the physical, mental and social challenges of life and death. This show does this through the lens of comedy - after a fashion. Kim Noble is an award-winning video ...

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Verve 2016 – Z-Arts, Manchester

Artistic Director: Gianluca Vincentini Choreography: Efrosini Protopapa, Athina Vahla, Renaud Wiser, Anton Lachky Reviewer: Peter Jacobs   Verve is the postgraduate touring company of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and gives completing students the experience of professional-level touring with the opportunity to make new work with a range of emerging and established choreographers. As each yearly cast is different ...

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An Invitation… – Royal Exchange, Manchester

Jo Fong with Audience

Creator and Director: Jo Fong Reviewer: Richard Hall   This is likely to be the most surreal and uplifting show that audiences who see it will experience for some time. Although the show’s publicity goes to great lengths to give the audience some idea of what to expect, the apparent random and spontaneous nature of this show still comes as ...

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Fake it ‘til you Make It – Contact, Manchester

Writer: Bryony Kimmings and Tim Grayburn Director: Bryony Kimmings Reviewer: Holly Sharp Opening with a song and jig by an underwear-clad couple wearing baskets on their head, Fake it ‘til you Make it is, sorry about this, get the buckets out, one of those typically horrendous ‘gross’ love stories. Well, that’s what performer Bryony Kimmings assures us anyway, before introducing ...

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The Puppini Sisters: The Highlife Tour – Waterside Arts Centre, Sale

The Puppini Sisters

Reviewer: Donna Kelly To tie in with the release of their fifth studio album, The Puppini Sisters embark on new tour, bringing their fun and sassy vocals to venues across the UK including Sale Waterside Arts Centre. Best known for their close harmony vocals, The Puppini Sisters made their name 10 years ago when their first album Betcha Bottom Dollar ...

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Cirque Berserk – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Cirque Biserk

Director: Julius Green Choreographer: Dede McGarrity Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Cirque Berserk is a repackaging of circus skills for a theatre environment and is breaking out on a UK-wide tour after a successful stint in London. Their show brings together a large cast of over 30 talented artists from across the world to thrill and surprise their audience. The show blends ...

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King Charles III – Opera House, Manchester

Robert Powell as King Charles III

Writer: Mike Bartlett Director: Rupert Goold Reviewer: Hannah Hiett The history plays of Shakespeare always have the following in common: they are on the grim side, and they are always about kings and succession. King Charles III is a future history play. In form, it takes the iambic pentameter, creative word order and blank verse of Shakespeare’s 16th Century history ...

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