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A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Sad) – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Jon Brittain Director: Alex Mitchell Musical Director: Matthew Floyd Jones Reviewer: Andrea Allen A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) describes itself as “a hilarious cabaret show about depression that explains, sings, and throws glitter about how it’s ok not to be ok”. On paper, it sounds like car crash potential, the kind of show where the curtain ...

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Withering Looks – Oldham Coliseum

Writer: Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding Director: Noreen Kershaw Reviewer: Lizz Clark The Brontë sisters are an unimpeachable part of the British literary canon, their works echoing down the centuries. But there is also a reverent sense of mythology surrounding their own lives - three imaginative young women sequestered in a vicarage on the blasted moors of West Yorkshire. As ...

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Robert Cray: In concert- The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The Blues has been the starting point for many superstar musicians. The Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton started out as hardcore Blues enthusiasts only to move on to the more lucrative Rock genre. However, Robert Cray, although a guitarist of the Clapton standard, has chosen to remain loyal to the Blues throughout his career. In tonight’s concert, ...

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Death Of A Salesman – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Sarah Frankcom Reviewer: Jo Beggs If Willy Loman were living in America in 2018 he wouldn’t seem out of place. A salesman whose thirty odd years of service to capitalism has left him with nothing but a zero-hours contract and no health insurance to deal with an escalating mental health problem. He’d probably be starting to ...

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The Unreturning – Liverpool Everyman

Writer: Anna Jordan Director: Neil Bettle Reviewer: James Eves War takes its toll on everyone it touches, no matter who you are or when you fight. It doesn’t discriminate and it does not hold back, and this is exactly what Anna Jordan's production, The Unreturning very much succeeds in highlighting. We follow the stories of George, Frankie and brothers Nat ...

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Joanna Lumley: It’s All About Me – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs From Ken Barlow’s girlfriend to Purdey, Bond Girl to Patsy Stone, Joanna Lumley has been carving out her role as National Treasure for nearly fifty years. Most recently she’s been getting all emotional under the Northern Lights and following the Silk Road, remaking herself as a go-to celebrity to front travel documentaries. It’s no wonder she’s in ...

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Russell Watson: Canzoni d’Amore – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Sam Lowe Canzoni d'Amore, a beautiful title for a ravishing concert on the Lyric Theatre stage. It translates to "songs of love", the overall theme for this evening's musical repertoire. Russell Watson has sold more than seven million albums worldwide, establishing himself as the UK's best-selling classical crossover artist of all time. "The People's Tenor", has performed for many ...

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Rob Kemp: The Elvis Dead – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Rob Kemp Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Bruce Campbell, who starred in the Evil Dead movie franchise, also played Elvis Presley in a film where The King faked his own death and lived in a retirement home fighting the undead. Now, in The Elvis Dead,  Rob Kemp re-tells the second instalment of the movie franchise using songs made famous by Elvis Presley; ...

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