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The Oresteia – Lowry Theatre, Salford

Writer: Aeschylus Adapted by Kerry Frampton Director: Kerry Frampton Reviewer: Abbie Rippon A story of blood-for-blood revenge crime as a family seeks vengeance on each other, The Oresteia is the story of the fall of the house of Atreus. An ancient Greek myth, originally staged two-and-a-half-thousand years ago by Aeschylus, Splendid Productions have turned this ancient story into a hard-hitting ...

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Calendar Girls: The Musical – Liverpool Empire

Writers: Tim Firth & Gary Barlow Director: Matt Ryan Reviewer: John Roberts Tim Firth is no stranger to Calendar Girls having penned the original movie screenplay in 2003 and then the stage production in 2008. Now working in partnership with singer/songwriter and lead singer of Take That, Gary Barlow, the pair have re-worked the cheeky true story of a group of ...

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Gandini Juggling: Sigma – The Lowry, Salford

Director: Sean Gandini Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Last seen at The Lowry with Smashed, a piece about lost love and quaint afternoon tea, Gandini Juggling return with another one of their many shows. Sigma was developed and showcased at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival and has become part of the company’s repertoire of shows that tour around the world. Gandini Juggling has been ...

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Benidorm Live – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Derren Litten Director: Ed Curtis Reviewer: Marie Smith Camp, cheesy and ridiculously crude, Benidorm Live successfully brings the hugely popular TV programme to life. Derren Litten’s stage version of Benidorm has the audience in hysterics from the word go and successfully captures the laugh out loud moments and feel good factor from the programme. Benidorm Live follows the holidaymakers and ...

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Aakash Odedra Company: #JeSuis – The Lowry, Salford

Concept and Choreography: Aakash Odedra Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Aakash Odedra is a British contemporary dancer and choreographer with a solid background in classical Indian styles, especially Kathak. Like his mentor, Akram Khan, Odedra uses this background as a starting point: foundations on which to build ambitious work that moves on – perhaps in some ways redefines – those origins to ...

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Iain Stirling: U OK Hun? X – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matthew Forrest As Iain Stirling introduced himself to those at the Lowry this evening, you could be forgiven for closing your eyes for a moment, as you are transported to sunny Mallorca and as far away from a chilly Greater Manchester evening, for Stirling is the voice of ITV2 smash hit Love Island. Despite being best known as the soundtrack ...

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The Thinking Drinkers’ Pub Crawl – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Ben McFarland and Tom Sandham Director: Jeremy Stockwell Reviewer: Jo Beggs Ben McFarland and Tom Sandham have CVs that prove that if you try hard enough you can turn your social life into a career. With some impressive credentials in booze journalism they’re both highly qualified to deliver the educational element of this entertaining exploration of the history of ...

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JB Shorts 20 – 53Two , Manchester

Writers: Lindsay Williams, Trevor Suthers, James Quinn, Louis Ashton-Butler, Peter Kerry, Diane Whitley, Dave Simpson. Directors: Miranda Parker, Trevor McFarlane, Alice Bartlett, Simon Naylor, Chantell Walker, Roger Haines, Reviewer: Sam Lowe It's the first time, this reviewer has attended the well-known JB Shorts nights. Six more 15 minutes plays are presented to the audience written by top TV writers. The buzz ...

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