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Card Ninja – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jay Nuttall An oxymoron it may sound but Card Ninja does pretty much what it says. Kiwi Javier Jarquin, dressed in black, may have always wanted to be a ninja and is an expert at card scaling – the art of throwing playing cards. His show is an hour of wishing you could also do what he makes look easy. ...

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Red Dust Road- HOME, Manchester

Writer: Jackie Kay Adaptor: Tanika Gupta Director: Dawn Walton Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The life of poet Jackie Kay (Sasha Frost) has strong dramatic potential. Illegitimate, Gay, of mixed race and adopted by a Scots Communist couple Kay endures a wide variety of racist and homophobic abuse. Yet the journey to trace her birth parents does not provide the cathartic relief ...

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The Menlove Avenue Murder Mystery – Royal Court, Liverpool

Writer: Gerry Linford Director: Chris Mellor Reviewer: John Roberts Following the critical successes of both The Miracle of Great Homer Street and Yellow Breck Road, Gerry Linford returns with his latest production The Menlove Avenue Murder Mystery, a scouse whodunit, that is so funny it’s almost criminal. Following the exploits of sofa sleuth Eddie (Paul Duckworth), his wife Trish (Pauline Fleming), ...

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Everything I See I Swallow – The Lowry, Salford

Devisers: Tamsin Shasha, Maisy Taylor & Helen Tennison Director: Helen Tennison Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Born and commissioned from The Lowry Theatre’s Week 53 initiative Everything I See I Swallow returns to its roots having spent August at The International Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it picked up a Fringe First 2019 Award. It is a challenging piece exploring sexualisation, objectification, the ...

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The Woman in Black – The Grand Theatre, Blackpool

A scene from The Woman In Black by Susan Hill @ Fortune Theatre.

Writer: Susan Hill Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen It is the play that is dubbed ‘the most terrifying live theatre experience in the world’, and one that is celebrating three decades of success on London’s West End. The Woman in Black has been regularly touring the UK since 1989, and although the current adaptation is gripping and well cast, ...

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The Jumper Factory – HOME, Manchester

Writer: Luke Barnes Director: Josh Parr Reviewer: Andrea Allen Created in collaboration with inmates at HMP Wandsworth and written by Luke Barnes The Jumper Factory melds together authentic voices of prison inmates into a single narrative of a prisoner fighting to exist in a world that moves on without them. Though the prisoners who inspired Barnes’ central figure have been unable ...

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Saturday Night Fever – Storyhouse, Chester

Music and lyrics: The Bee Gees Adaptors: Robert Stigwood & Bill Oakes Director: Bill Kenwright Reviewer: Emma Dutton Dig out your dancing shoes and head down to Chester’s Storyhousethis week, where Bill Kenright and The Robert Stigwood Organisation’s Saturday Night Fever takes to stage.  The musical marks 40 years since the release of the infamous John Travolta classic; telling the story ...

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Nigel Slater’s Toast – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Henry Filloux-Bennett Director and Choreographer: Jonnie Riordan Reviewer: Abbie Rippon Settling into your seat while breathing in the scent of fresh, slightly burnt toast, an audience watching Toast is in for a really enjoyable, homely evening. Adapted from the novel of the same name, Toasttells the story of Nigel Slater, food writer and broadcaster, during the teenage years that had ...

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