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Tmesis Theatre: Beyond Belief – The Lowry, Salford

Text: Chris Fittock Artistic Director: Elinor Randle Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Award-winning Tmesis Theatre are one of the UK’s leading physical theatre companies, creating vibrant and questioning touring theatre productions, workshops as well as delivering an annual festival - Physical Fest- all from their base in Liverpool. Their style is playful and curious, combining text, music, strong physical movement and dance, ...

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Fat Blokes – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Director: Scottee Choreography: Lea Anderson Reviewer: Dominic Corr There’s something about being fat isn’t there? Puts a target on you we just accept. So many ugly words leap to mind describing this 'epidemic'. All redundant here, chances are one of the Fat Blokes onstage has heard it (or worse). Described as a ‘sort of dance’ what you are about to ...

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Anton and Erin – Those Magical Musicals. St George’s Hall, Bradford

Music: Manchester Concert Orchestra  Composers: Cole Porter, Irvin Berlin, Harry Warren, Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein ll, Jerry Leiber, Lionel Bart, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Richard Rogers, Lorenz Hart Director: Nikki Woollaston Choreographer: Nikki Woollaston Reviewer: Sue Collier Anton and Erin is a musical extravaganza featuring the delightful dance partnership of Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag. The two dancers first ...

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David Bintley’s Beauty and the Beast – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Director & Choreography: David Bintley Musical Director: Koen Kessels  Reviewer: Dominic Corr Sixteen years ago, David Bintley reimagined what is perhaps fairy tales' most recognisable story. Returning to the stage, the Birmingham Royal Ballet seeks to capture the illustrious nature of the piece, whilst showcasing some of the nation’s finest dancers in the timeless classic – Beauty and the Beast. ...

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Yamato: The Drummers of Japan – Peacock Theatre, London

Artistic Director: Masa Ogawa Reviewer: Maryam Philpott In most bands, no one remembers the drummer, the lead vocalist, of course, the bass guitarist probably, but the poor drummer tends to be forgotten. Not so in Japan where the drum group Yamato have been impressing fans since 1993, taking their show on tour to more 50 countries including a brief spell ...

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Humanhood: Torus – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Humanhood were formed in 2016 by Rudi Cole and Júlia Robert Parés – one from Birmingham, one Catalan. They bring together their shared interests in science – especially physics and astrophysics – and Eastern mysticism and have developed in a relatively short time a distinctive choreographic language that speaks of an almost symbiotic fluidity. Less than a ...

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Opera North: The Rite Of Spring & Gianni Schicchi – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Igor Stravinsky / Giacomo Puccini Choreographer / Director: Jeanguy Saintus / Christopher Alden Conductor: Garry Walker Reviewer: Jo Beggs What sells the tickets for this double bill is probably Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, which famously caused ‘terrific uproar” (and not in a good way) at its 1913 premiere in Paris. The music is now so familiar to us that ...

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Victoria – Leeds Grand

Choreography, Direction & Scenario: Cathy Marston Dramaturgy & Scenario: Uzma Hameed Music: Philip Feeney Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Queen Victoria is most notably recognised as an iconic elderly lady who spent most of her life in mourning for her late husband Albert. Previously the longest-serving monarch in British history until Elizabeth II stole her great-great-grandmother’s crown in 2015. In celebration of ...

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