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Narvik – Home, Manchester

Joe Shipman as Jim in Narvik

Writer: Lizzie Nunnery Director: Hannah Tyrell-Pinder Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Box of Tricks, the Manchester-based new-writing focused theatre company, have combined forces with Lizzie Nunnery to create this enchanting emotional memory play. We are introduced to 90-year-old Liverpudlian Jim who has fallen in his home and cannot find the strength to stand, while the ghosts and memories of his past begin ...

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Pen:Chant – Home, Manchester

Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Pen:Chant is a neo-variety night, an alt-cabaret, an indefinable shambolic mix of artforms in one evening. Pen:Chant occurs throughout the year in fringe venues across Manchester as a platform for known and unknown artists in various artforms; spoken word, poetry, live music, comedy and anything else that has slipped between the cracks. In a special PUSH 2017 ...

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The Lock In: Christmas Carol, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter 

Devisor &Producer: Damien Barber Choreographer: Bobak Walker Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts    The Lock In: Christmas Carol is a Christmas show with a difference. All singing, all dancing, this show comes at you from every angle. Devised and produced by Damien Barber of the folk group The Demon Barbers, the show has folk at its heart. The incredible live score runs throughout and is as much ...

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Kicking and Screaming – Hackney Showroom, London

Writers: Tangled Feet Directors: Kat Joyce and Nathan Curry Reviewer: Deborah Klayman Parenthood is a complex beast. The expectation placed on couples – and in particular women - to have a child by a certain age, and then to excel at every aspect of parenthood can be both daunting and isolating. Some of this pressure is internal, but much comes ...

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The Orchestra of Opera North: How It Works – Town Hall, Huddersfield

Presenter: Pui Fan Lee Conductor: Martin Pickard Soloist: Nicholas Watts (tenor) Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Orchestra of Opera North’s How it Works concert attracted a youthful audience, stretching to the occasional babe in arms. The programme, including some challenging 20th Century works, seemed aimed at a rather older age-group, but the gap was bridged by the introductions of Pui Fan ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Ancient Rain – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

Director: Chris Drummond Composers: Paul Kelly, Feargal Murray, Camille O’Sullivan Reviewer: David Keane Inspired by last 100 years of Irish poetry and centring around the theme of the four elements, Ancient Rain provides an aural exploration of Ireland’s past and present. Poetry ranging from Seamus Heaney to Paula Meehan is used as a platform from which Irish performer Camille O’ ...

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Fantastic Dreams and Visions – Huddersfield Town Hall

Pavel Kolesnikov at the Piano

Orchestra: The Orchestra of Opera North Conductor: Aleksandar Markovic Soloist: Pavel Kolesnikov (piano) Reviewer: Ron Simpson Kirklees Council’s bold and far-sighted decision to continue its concert season despite financial cutbacks was rewarded with a well-filled Huddersfield Town Hall for the opening concert of the 2016-2017 season. And, the Orchestra of Opera North, under new Music Director Aleksandar Markovic, drew a ...

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Richmond Jazz Festival – Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond

Performers: Alexander Bone Trio Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Richmond Jazz Festival fills the Georgian Theatre Royal for three nights. A Grade 1 listed building that first opened to the public in 1788 might seem an odd setting for a jazz concert, but in fact, it provides a superbly intimate setting for small group jazz, with a surprisingly large capacity (214 ...

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