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The Gruffalo – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Julia Donaldson Director: Olivia Jacobs Reviewer: Ruth Lovett What more can you want during the Easter holidays than an hour in the deep dark wood with one of modern children’s literacy’s greatest characters; the Gruffalo. Having staked a place in children’s hearts for 15 years, his stage show is eagerly anticipated by some very excited faces in the audience. ...

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Rime – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Samuel Taylor Coleridge Reviewer: Laura Maley With a blend of circus skills, physical theatre, dance, acrobatics, and song, Square Peg Contemporary Circus bring an atmospheric interpretation of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner to The Lowry. Rime tells the story of an old sailor relaying his long sea voyage, involving the supernatural, danger and death, ...

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Duet for One – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Tom Kempinski Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: May Mellstrom   In a rare and ambitious double-header, Bolton’s Octagon Theatre is staging two of playwright Tom Kempinski’s works in repertoire, with the same cast playing the only two rôles in both. The first of these, Duet for One, is an affirming and touching play that premiered in 1980 but was updated ...

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Robin Ince is (In and) Out of his Mind – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Robin Ince Reviewer: Laura Orton   Robin Ince is a comedian. He also happens to be a Doctor of science, an impressionist and a public speaker to name but a few of his skills. He is an enigmatic character with bounds of energy and a bizarre inability to finish a sentence. To give a synopsis of his latest show, ...

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Special Measures – Royal Court, Liverpool

Writer : Mark Davies Markham Director : Ken Alexander Reviewer: Stephanie Rowe St Jude's (Patron saint of no-hopers) primary school in Netherton has been placed into special measures following a damning OFSTED report. MP Thomas Winters is in the Prime Ministers bad-books for whacking him in the balls thanks to his limp grip on a croquet bat and has now ...

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The Harlem Globetrotters – Echo Arena, Liverpool

Reviewer: David Sedgwick They huff and they puff with all their might, but at the end of the day don’t quite manage to blow the walls off Liverpool’s Echo Arena. The all-whoopin’ all-wigglin’ Harlem Globetrotters certainly give it full pelt though. And some more. Half empty or half full stadiums – depending on your point of view - are never ...

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Julie Fowlis – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jonny Black   This is the first date of an 8 night tour to selected venues throughout the UK during April and May. The tour is to promote her new album Gach Sgeul (Every Story). Julie grew up on North Uist, an island in the Outer Hebrides, in a Gaelic speaking community. She released her first album in 2005 ...

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Compagnie Käfig: Boxe Boxe – The Lowry, Salford

Artistic Direction and Choreography: Mourad Merzouki Music Design: The Debussy String Quartet and AS’N Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Compagnie Käfig is a well-established French street dance company founded in 1996 by Mourad Merzouki. Boxe Boxe is their latest production and is about boxing. But that tells you little of what to expect from this company or this show and what it ...

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