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Festival of the Spoken Nerd: Full Frontal Nerdity – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Helen Arney, Steve Mould, Matt Parker Reviewer: Laura Orton Festival of the Spoken Nerd (or FOTSN for the geeks) are back with their latest comedy lecture, Full Frontal Nerdity. Gaining a mass of popularity in recent years, this 'hip to be square', 'science is chic' (queue Dara O'Briain's school of hard sums or QI) style of performance really is ...

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We Can Be Heroes – The Lowry, Salford

Director/Writer: Dick Bonham Musician/Director: Jamie Fletcher Reviewer: Helen Jones Two young lads, Patrick and Mark, ten years old, are on their way to Superheroes Club, dressed as Spiderman and Batman. They are joined by their friend Harrison who is hiding from his older brother and his gang. So starts We Can Be Heroes Issue One. Split into six issues with ...

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English National Ballet : Le Corsaire – The Palace Theatre, Manchester

Artistic Director: Tamara Rojo Choreographer: Anna-Marie Holmes Reviewer: Richard Marsden Based on the poem Le Corsair by Byron, it seems that during the 19th and 20th Century the work inspired many operas and ballets by leading creatives of the time, each production has taken what they believe to best suit their adaptation as well as taking influence from the original ...

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Ballad of the Burning Star – Lowry Theatre, Salford

Writer and Director: Nir Paldi Reviewer: Tracey Lowe Theatre Ad Infinitum first caught the wider public’s attention with their incredibly moving piece on love and loss, ‘Translunar Paradise’. So hopes were high for their latest show, ‘Ballad of the Burning Star’, which stormed the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe. Tackling a slightly different and more controversial topic, ‘Ballad of the Burning Star’ ...

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Hofesh Shechter Company: Sun – The Lowry, Salford

Artistic Director and Choreographer: Hofesh Shechter Music: Hofesh Shechter Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Hofesh Shechter is one of the most exciting artists working in dance in the UK today. His latest full-length work is Sun and it brings two new elements to the Shechter universe: optimism and humour. Sun is a diverse and challenging seventy minutes of impressively theatrical and ambitious ...

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An August Bank Holiday Lark – New Vic, Newcastle under Lyme

Writer: Deborah McAndrew Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Matthew Jackson “Keep Calm and Carry On” was the title of an unused poster in World War Two and what a play that recognises that idea. An August Bank Holiday Lark set before and during World War One shows how a rural community in Lancashire is affected by the war. As Director Barrie ...

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Fairport Convention: Winter Tour 2014 – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Later this year Fairport Convention hope to record their first album of new songs for some time. Test-driving the new material live brings welcome variety to their annual Winter Tour the set list for which in past years had become over-familiar nudging towards predictable. The 2014 Tour takes the group from their earliest techniques into the future. ...

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