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The Nature of Forgetting – The Lowry, Salford

Director: Guillaume Pigé Reviewer: Jo Beggs Tom has early onset dementia. It’s his birthday and his daughter struggles to get him in a jacket and tie for the arrival of his friends and family. Tom can’t remember which jacket she told him to put on two minutes ago, but he can remember plenty of other things – his school days, ...

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Everything I See I Swallow – The Lowry, Salford

Writers and performers: Tamsin Shasha and Maisy Taylor Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Commissioned for The Lowry’s Week 53 Festival – their biannual festival for ‘the compulsively curious’, now in its second year – Everything I See I Swallow explores a mother-daughter relationship focusing on sexuality, ‘coming of age’, and using aerial rope and Japanese Shibari – ancient and erotic rope bondage. This ...

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Forbidden Stories – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Director: Philippos Philippou and Vangelis Makriyannakis Reviewer: S.E. Webster It’s not every day that you walk into a theatre and the usher hands you an A4-shaped history lesson as opposed to the programme you were expecting. Audiences attending the multimedia performance of Forbidden Stories may be grateful for the initial historical helping hand. The history of 20th Century Cyprus is ...

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A Tiger’s Tale – The Lowry, Salford

Music: James Atherton Writer: Mike Kenny Director: Gilly Baskeyfield Reviewer: Sam Lowe The "Punch and Judy" style opening sees the actors peer their heads above the curtains onstage. That signals that we're off to the circus. Well, not just yet. The story begins with Pa, he has a job as a window cleaner (but he's terrible at it) so it's ...

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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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The Nature of Forgetting – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Devised by: Theatre Re Conceived and Directed by: Guillaume Pige Reviewer: Jay Nuttall The West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Every Third Minute festival continues as the theatre presents work dealing with dementia and collaborating with those living affected by the condition. Theatre Re’s physical piece premiered at The Edinburgh International Arts Festival last year and is now on tour. It is an extraordinary, high-energy ...

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The Dream Factory- The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matthew Forrest House of Stray Cats is a theatre production company based in London which specialises in puppetry and physical theatre. They aim to create an immersive and interactive experience for children of all ages to enjoy. They bring their latest offering The Dream Factory to The Lowry’s studio theatre. Telling the story of a young girl named Sophie ...

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The Actualisation Show  – The Blue Elephant Theatre, London

Creators: Ephemeral Ensemble Directors: Eygló Belafonte and Ramon Ayres Reviewer: Richard Maguire The statistics around suicide in Britain are staggering, especially among young adults. For men under 45, suicide is the biggest killer; more than car accidents, more than cancer. Of the 6,000 people who commit suicide a year in this country, over 75% are men. Traditional ideas of masculinity ...

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