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Bridget Christie – What Now? – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs Bridget Christie’s recent Radio 4 series saw her at the top of her game. After years on the stand-up circuit with decidedly hit and miss shows that ranged from surreal nonsense to political rant, she seemed to have really discovered her own voice, delivering brilliantly cynical comedy that poked fun at her own liberal elitism in a ...

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Tony Law: Absurdity for the Common People –The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest Law’s routine is anchored by his time as a semi-professional trampolinist. He, along with Vladimir Putin, put trampolining on the map during the 1970’s. From this, we get a whole host of stories about convoys across the Atlantic during World War 2, which contained nothing but hot tubs, masturbating gorillas, and how he met a creature with ...

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Art – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Writer: Yasmin Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton Director: Ellie Jones Reviewer: James Garrington Serge has bought a painting. It’s white. On the white background are some diagonal lines – and they’re white too. It’s by a trendy artist and it was very expensive. His friends, Marc and Yvan, are not impressed – but should they tell him what they think, and ...

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The Game of Love and Chai – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Nigel Planer Director: Jatinder Verma Reviewer: Nicole Craft The overall concept of an 18th-century French farce dragged into a modern-day Bollywood world has mountains of potential to go extremely wrong. The French had somewhat perfected the art of precise yet witty wordplay, with Marivaux winning the proverbial race, and therefore trying to clean up, or adapt, something that wasn’t ...

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SEAGULLMACHINE – La Mama, New York

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Writer: Anton Chekhov, Heiner Müller, The Assembly Adaptor: The Assembly Director: Jess Chayes & Nick Benacerraf Reviewer: Jamie Rosler “In a world gone mad, what is the role of theatre?” So asks The Assembly in their production note in the program for the world premiere of SEAGULLMACHINE at La Mama. An innovative mash-up of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, Heiner Müller’s ...

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Rob Auton: The Hair Show – The Stand, Glasgow

Writer: Rob Auton Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Humour is a subjective matter, which is always worth remembering before entering into the murky den of The Stand Comedy Club in Glasgow. Rob Auton, in his Hair Show, proves that his quirky comedy may not be to everyone’s tastes but is undeniably clever. Rob Auton’s zany trip into his head is preceded by ...

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Iliza Schlesinger – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jay Nuttall American stand-up star and Netflix sensation Iliza Schlesinger has a few dates on the other side of the Atlantic. Gigs in the UK, northern Europe and Scandinavia begin in Salford and, such is her rare appearance, her super fans ensure a sell-out. Game show and chat show host, author and successful comedian she may be in the ...

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Lucy Porter: Choose Your Battles- The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Lucy Porter is so ‘conflict-adverse’ that she avoids arguments even when she is in the right. But a parenting book entitled Choose Your Battles not only nudges Lucy towards changing her attitude it also inspires her new show. Lucy Porter is her own Support Act and the first 45 minutes or so of her show do not do ...

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