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Peter Pan on Ice – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Writer: JM Barrie Choreographer:Giuseppe Arena Composer:Silvio Amato Reviewer: Paul Downham There have been a number of different productions of Peter Pan in the various theatres of Manchester over the past few years however, this example featuring the Russian All Stars is unlike all before. Take the iconic story of Peter Pan; add huge amounts of sparkle and then put the ...

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Andrew Lawrence – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs Andrew Lawrence walks a fine line in this ninety minutes of stand-up that celebrates the gloomier side of life. He’s not fond of touring to out of the way corners of the country he tells us, he’s messed up by his Catholic upbringing, he doesn’t believe in love, in the glass half full / half empty debate ...

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Goldfrapp – The Lowry, Salford

Goldfrapp

Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Goldfrapp are doing a fine job of negotiating the fine line between commercial success and artistic credibility. After six studio albums and a best of collection, festival performances - including a highly regarded appearance at the 2013 Manchester International Festival - and Alison Goldfrapp’s recent stint as inaugural curator of The Lowry’s new Performer as Curator exhibition ...

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I’m Happy Here (Honest) – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Crooked finger with "I'm Happy Here (Honest) " written in pen

Writer: Austin Mitchell Hewitt Director: Ed Bixter Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin Our memory plays tricks on us – but as Austin Mitchell Hewitt shows we can play tricks on our memory. Mitchell's painful journey into a nightmare childhood offers moving, startling and funny sequences which, in themselves, are good theatre but are not overall satisfying. Hewitt's puppetry and shadow pictures are ...

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Flamenco: Fire and Soul – The Lowry, Salford

Juan Martin

Writer and performer: Juan Martin Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The warm weather of a few weeks ago has faded and there is a distinct chill in the evening. This is hardly the best atmosphere in which to attend a concert by flamenco guitarist Juan Martin whose musical style is evocative of heat, movement and passion. The chill seems to have penetrated ...

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This May Hurt a Bit – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Stella Feehily Director: Max Stafford-Clark Reviewer: George Wallace The Bolton Octagon isn’t afraid to be controversial and tackle difficult subjects and with its new play, This May Hurt a Bit, the theatre is taking on that most British of institutions, the National Health Service. The play, which has been written in conjunction with Out of Joint Theatre Company, can ...

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An Evening With David Sedaris – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Helen Jones David Sedaris was born in in 1956 in Binghamton, New York and grew up in Raleigh, North Caroline. With a Greek Othodox father and protestant mother, he is one of six siblings and it is this family and childhood which form much of the basis of his humour. Known as a writer, satirist and humourist, he has ...

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Kinderstransport – The Opera House, Manchester

Writer: Diane Samuels Director: Andrew Hall Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The relationship between the emotionally reserved Evelyn (Janet Dibley) and her daughter Faith (Rosie Holden) is strained. Faith is shocked to discover that Evelyn’s fear of authority figures and trains may originate in her experience as a child fleeing the Nazi regime as part of the ‘Kinderstransport’. This process allowed 10,000, ...

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