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Miles Jupp: Fibber in the Heat – Harrogate Theatre

Reviewer: Guy Walker [Rating: 3] Miles Jupp will be known to many of the nation’s children as ‘Archie the Inventor’ from the BBC children’s television show Balamory, but he is also one of the country’s up and coming stand-up comedians. As well appearing on Balamory he has also been seen in a host of other comedy shows such as Rev, ...

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The Boy With Tape on his Face – Contact, Manchester

Reviewer: Clare Boswell [rating:4] Nominated for the Best Newcomer award at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010 and heralded as Chortle’s breakthrough act in 2011, it was no surprise that Contact Theatre’s Space 1 was packed to the rafters on Tuesday evening, awaiting the arrival of ‘The Boy With Tape on His Face’. Likeable local Lancashire lass Kate Mulgrew got the ...

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Rory Bremner and Friends – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs [rating:1.5] If you think having bland politicians is bad for the country, then spare a thought for poor old Rory Bremner. Bremner made his career in the late eighties and early nineties when we have some real characters in Westminster and the White House. Bremner himself admits that there’s little to play with. He has a decent ...

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Isy Suttie – The Lowry Theatre, Salford

Reviewer: Geoff Lovelock [Rating:3] While Salford swelters in the heat-wave, inside The Lowry’s Studio Theatre it’s even hotter – clammy, close and a bit stinky (someone near me took off their trainers – nice). And the air-con isn’t working. Support act Chris Neill tells us it’s because the system is linked to the Manchester Ship Canal and apparently the water ...

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Pulse Fringe Festival: Til Debt Do Us Part – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer and Performer: Sean Gittins Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:2]   Money makes the world go around or, in the case of the recent financial turmoil, it’s more a case of debt makes the world go around. The worldwide banking crisis has forced many people to reassess their attitude to debt. For Sean Gittins, his relationship with money and more precisely ...

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Stewart Francis: Outstanding in His Field – Grand Opera House, York

Reviewer: Katie Lee [rating:4] Stewart Francis is a Canadian comedian with British parents who can imitate a budgie delightfully. This performance brings him to York as part of a fully comprehensive UK tour in the beautiful Grand Opera House. A common feature on British television shows such as Mock the Week, Francis is building a solid reputation as a wordplay ...

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Paul Merton: Out of my Head – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Paul Merton Reviewer: Tony Oliver [Rating:2.5] With childlike glee I attended Paul Merton’s new stand up show "Out of my Head" having been a fan of his for a number of years. Paul is supported by Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster. The show promises to take the audience on a journey through the inner workings of Paul's ...

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