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Shirley Valentine – The Lowry, Salford

Jodie Prenger as Shirley Valentine

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Glen Walford Reviewer: Jo Beggs By 1986, when he wrote Shirley Valentine, Willy Russell had already established himself as one of the country’s most acclaimed comic playwrights. Educating Rita had already, and fairly swiftly, made its way from the stage to the screen and Russell had proven that eighties man could speak with a powerful feminist ...

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In Tents and Purposes – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Roxy Dunn Director: Chris Head Reviewer: Lizz Clark Do we make our own luck? This story of two friends who have their fortunes told at a festival, and live the next ten years under the shadow of the predictions, explores just that question. Roxy Dunn's strait-laced Libby wants to be a writer, but is told she'll end up broke ...

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Joli Vyann: Imbalance – The Lowry, Salford

Male dancer holding female dancer horizontally above his head

Choreographer: Jonathan Lunn Reviewer: Jo Beggs Jan Patzke and Olivia Quayle are Joli Vyann, a duo who make performances fusing acrobatics and dance. Their work to date has mostly consisted shorter outdoor performances but Imbalance is an hour-long indoor show, performed in the Lowry’s studio space as part of a short tour. The problems with giving this kind of work ...

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Michael Burndett: Strange Face – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest If you took a gander in a skip, what would you expect to find? Some rubbish? Some house bricks? A broken bar stool may be? If you’re really lucky, a replica of Vladimir Tretchikoff’s painting The Chinese Girl. However, you may strike gold and stumble upon a rare musical recording of one your favourite recording artist. That ...

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Jon Richardson: Old Man – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Emma Boswell  Jon Richardson, best known as a regular team captain on 8 out of 10 Cats, has brought his Old Man tour to The Lowry for three nights as part of his five-month run. Richardson’s life has changed a lot since his last tour: he has surprised everyone (but mainly himself) in bagging himself a wife (fellow stand-up ...

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Jasmin Vardimon Company: Pinocchio – The Lowry, Salford

Pinocchio runs among dancers dressed as Donkeys

Artistic Director and Choreographer: Jasmin Vardimon Reviewer: Peter Jacobs For Jasmin Vardimon – one of the UK’s most original and creative dance theatre-makers – the decision to tackle a classic or children’s story as her next project - to create an adaptation of Pinocchio - may seem odd at first. But her style of cleverly articulated physical theatre, big characterisation, ...

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Ringside – The Lowry, Salford

Trapeze artist Ellie Dubois swinging on trapeze using her legs

Reviewer: Jo Beggs A solitary audience member is taken through a locked door, into a bare breeze-block corridor which leads to the back of the Lyric stage. Through a second door, you’re plunged into the darkness of the stage, dark except for an empty trapeze glowing with soft golden light. A sharp line of light on the floor just inside ...

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Katy Brand: I Was A Teenage Christian – The Lowry, Salford

Portrait of Comedian Katy Brand in front of a vibrant yellow backdrop

Writer: Katy Brand Reviewer: Dave Cunningham According to Karl Marx religion is the opium of the people – keeping them sedate and compliant. For Katy Brand, however, the reverse is true; when she became a Fundamentalist Christian in her early teens her confidence increased and she was transformed into a fiery preacher, prone to lecturing her schoolmates and declaring that ...

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