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Beyond the Barricade – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Producers: Andy Reiss, David Fawcett Musical Director: Andy Reiss Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes [rating:4] The ethos of Beyond the Barricade is that only ex members of Les Miserables are cast in the production; this is so no one is under the illusion as to the quality of the performers. And you do see a quality performance. Laced with a few jokes ...

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Jim White – Lowry Theatre, Salford

Reviewer: Iain Sykes [rating:3]   Jim White is a man who likes to play with his audience. No sooner have his audience taken their seats it seems that his support band, Belgian duo Stanton, have finished their all too short set, backed by Jim, himself. Then a half hour interval, twice as long as the support set, before we retake ...

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Gary Mullen and The Works – One night of Queen – Grand Opera House York

Music: Queen Reviewer: Tony Oliver [Rating:4.5] Attending One Night of Queen at Grand Opera House, York, brought back memories of the first stadium gig I ever attended on 29th May 1982, at Elland Road Leeds. The band playing were Queen on their Hot Space Tour. I remember standing for all the set clapping and singing along with every song. I ...

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The Drifters: Masquerade Tour 2012, Grand Opera House, York

Reviewer: Andrew Liddle [Rating:4] Perhaps no group in the history of Rock is more protean than The Drifters. Founded in 1953 by the late, great Clyde McPhatter as a Rhythm’n’Blues outfit, they quickly changed personnel and style to become a bunch of Doo-Woppers, before metamorphosing once again to appeal to the Rock’n’Roll market. It is significant to note that the ...

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Pulse Fringe Festival: The Furies – The Corn Exchange, Ipswich

Performed by: Kindle Theatre Reviewer: Flip Miller [rating:2.5] Heavy Metal meets Greek Tragedy and explodes out the other side. From the instant you enter the Great Hall at the Corn Exchange and are put into a holding pen with other theatre goers you know you are not going to have a normal theatrical experience. A fog seeps over the screens ...

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The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain: World Tour – Leeds Town Hall

Reviewer: Matt Stimpson [rating:4] For many, the first time they ever saw the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain was on Jools Holland’s Hootenanny, and they were immediately hooked. Tonight’s audience were clearly looking forward to the concert, hoping the group could take that excitement and originality from the TV, and deliver a full concert to the same high standards. The ...

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The Return of Boothby Graffoe – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: James Martyn Rogers Reviewer: Dave Cunningham [Rating:3.5] Comedians use the occasional song to add variety to their act. Boothby Graffoe does the reverse – music dominates his performance. He goes so far as to enlist the support of talented multi-instrumentalist Nick Pynn to boost the sound of the show. Less successfully he uses, and comes into conflict with, pre-recorded ...

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The Soldiers – Floral Pavilion, New Brighton

Musical Director: Toby Chapman Reviewer: Stephanie Rowe [rating:4.5] If I am perfectly honest I was a bit wary of going to see ‘The Soldiers’ perform live, after going to numerous concerts in my life and leaving very disappointed, having found that the artist had been helped considerably by the recording studio and the use of technology. So I set off ...

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