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Robert White: The Tank Top Tour – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs Here’s the problem. You create an act, craft your live stage show, gig at Edinburgh Fringe year after year, and work hard to get yourself a small but enthusiastic following. Then you get yourself into the finals in Britain’s Got Talent. That’s got to be a great career move, hasn’t it? Robert White did just that – and ...

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Tea and Two Sugars – 53Two, Manchester

 Writers: Crystal Williams and Rachel Isbister Director: Chloe Patricia Beale Reviewer: Sam Lowe Getting the chance to walk through the set, in order to take our seats is not done often. This is executed to great effect in this play. It makes you feel like you are in Hannah’s living room in this intimate, 53Two theatre space - looking rather ...

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Caroline’s Kitchen – Liverpool Everyman

Writer: Torben Betts Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin Do not be fooled by the very traditional kitchen set. This is no cosy little domestic drama. As befits a tale about a TV celebrity chef, this has teeth. Having toured the UK, including a run in London, it now has its sights set on New York. While the Americans may ...

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The Full Monty – Opera House,Manchester

Writer: Simon Beaufoy Director: Rupert Hill Reviewer: Helen Jones There can't be many people above a certain age who haven't seen the film The Full Monty, released in 1997 to great acclaim.  The story of unemployed Sheffield steelworkers resonated in the post-Thatcher era yet gave a feel-good factor to a dark time in modern history. Writer Simon Beaufoy has skillfully ...

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Mark Watson: The Infinite Show –The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest In 2018 Mark took his latest stand-up, The Infinite Show to the Edinburgh Fringe. The show was a huge commercial and critical success, with four and five star reviews across the board. The subject of the show is empathy. Following a much-discussed messy divorce, Watson is on a quest to gain a greater understanding of the people in ...

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Mother Courage and Her Children- The Royal Exchange, Manchester 

Writer: Bertolt Brecht  Composer: Jim Fortune Adptor/Director: Amy Hodge Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Many people argue Mother Courage and Her Children is the best play of the 20thCentury but that doesn’t mean it is easy to watch. Author Bertolt Brecht regarded theatre as a means by which he could communicate his political views and treated niceties like set design, characterisation and even ...

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SparkPlug – HOME, Manchester 

Writer: David Judge Director: Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder Reviewer: Dave Cunningham You have to pay attention during the opening monologue in David Judge’s autobiographical single-person play SparkPlug. Mishear and it may take some time to appreciate that, although Judge is describing his childhood, he is doing so by performing in the role of his adoptive father ; confusingly also named David Judge. ...

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The Delightful Sausage: Regeneration Game – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest Comedy is littered with numerous comedy duos from Laurel and Hardy, to Morecambe and Wise, French and Saunders to Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson, all with unique acts, but all with one key element in common: chemistry. The chemistry between each pair is what made them so beloved.  With this in mind then The Delightful Sausage have this ...

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