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Neil Finn: The Dizzy Heights Tour – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Concerts give an artist the chance to promote new material and re-interpret old favourites. At The Lowry Neil Finn indulges in the opportunity to the maximum with an epic length show that moves from the sublime to the, frankly, tedious. Finn is a gracious host. He feels guilty at remarking on the distraction caused by patrons visiting ...

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Best of Friends -Landor Theatre, London

Writer, Lyricist &Composer Nick Fogarty Director Robert McWhir Reviewer Tom Finch There's been a fair amount of press around Best of Friends and after eight years the show has finally, in a much paired back production than was initially planned, arrived in London. Was it worth the wait? Sadly, in the intervening eight years the show has come to feel ...

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Hamlyn -The Space, London

Writer: Juan Mayorga, translated by David Johnston Director: Sandra Maturana Reviewer: Nichola Daunton “One day the people of Hamlyn woke up to find their city had filled with rats”. Spanish playwright Juan Mayorga’s script, translated here by David Johnston, takes the traditional story of the Pied Piper of Hamlyn and uses it to explore child abuse, state intervention and who ...

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A Dashing Fellow – New Diorama Theatre, London

Writer: Vladimir Nabokov Director: Simon Eves Reviewer: Stephen Bates Russian writer Vladimir Nabokov was never one to shrink from rattling cages, as is amply demonstrated in this energetic and original entertainment, devised by Belka Productions. Three of Nabakov’s short stories, written between 1924 and 1930, and set in the decadent Germany of that time have been adapted and interwoven to ...

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An Evening of Movies and Musicals – St. David’s Hall, Cardiff

Reviewer: Jacqui Onions An Evening of Movies and Musicals does exactly what it says on the tin – a concert packed with popular songs and soundtracks from the stage and screen. The four main soloists, Wynne Evans, Nathan James, Sandra Marvin and Sabrina Aloueche, all have very different voices and sing very different styles, which makes for a wonderful variety ...

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Invisible Empire – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Director: Ewan Downie Reviewer: Michelle Haynes It’s not often that a show leaves an audience sitting in silence for two minutes after the cast has left, but this is exactly what Company of Wolves production Invisible Empire has achieved. Ewan Downie’s direction presents the audience with 55 minutes of exhaustive vocal and physical performance that is set to leave the ...

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Rapunzel – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Carol Ann Duffy, based on The Brothers Grimm Music: Murray Gold Choreographer: Liv Lorent Reviewer: Laura Maley A summery village scene where children of all ages (from babe in arms to teenagers) play with bright balloons, hoops and maypole dancing lifts the curtain on the dark and desperate tale of Rapunzel. The happiness and liveliness of this first scene ...

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The Threepenny Opera – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Bertolt Brecht Music: Kurt Weill Lyrics: Jeremy Sams Directors: Peter Rowe, Jenny Sealey Reviewer: Katie Lee 'If the misery is genuine, no one will believe it.' This contemporary adaptation of Brecht's Threepenny Opera by Graeae Theatre Company explores poverty, disability and common reaction to it, updating the text for our present era of government cuts. Here, the beggars are ...

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