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Jonny and the Baptists: Eat the Poor – The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

Jonny Donahoe and Paddy Gervase

Director: Will Young Writer: Jonny Donahoe & Paddy Gervers Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts Jonny and the Baptists return to the road straight from their hugely popular Edinburgh Fringe run of Eat the Poor. The musical satire duo have brought a show to The Bike Shed Theatre every year for the past five years. Going from playing in the bar, to one ...

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Home – The Lowry, Salford.

Writers: Amber Onat Gregory and Lucy Garland. Director: Kate O’Connor. Reviewer: Sam Lowe. Frozen Light Theatre’s Home teases out the inner child in everyone, regardless of their age and who they are. The production immerses special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and non-SEND audiences in a multi-sensory story of wonder and discovery. In the story, Scarlet and Olive must learn ...

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Ensemble 360: Music in the Round – Sheffield Crucible Studio

Reviewer: Ron Simpson Ensemble 360’s opening concert of the Spring season of Music in the Round deployed nearly all the group’s musical forces, only the piano being missing from its 11 members. The five pieces on the programme had plenty of variety, but the spirit of the dance and the folk music of Northern and Eastern Europe underlay much of ...

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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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