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On the Other Hand We’re Happy – Roundabout, Salford

Writer: Daf James Director: Stef O’Driscoll Reviewer: Sam Lowe Bringing a slice of the Edinburgh Fringe universe to Albert Park in Salford is… Roundabout. A transportable, practicable, and valuable theatre in the round space, which looks like a spaceship. This is bringing theatre out into the Salford Community. It rightfully boasts four premieres of plays, free events, comedy, and music. ...

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Blood Brothers – Liverpool Empire

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Bob Thomson & Bill Kenwright Reviwer: Alisha McCracken Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers tells the tale of twins separated at birth with strong themes of class and superstition. The superstitious Mrs. Johnson (Lyn Paul) is a single mother to seven children with another on the way, however, she struggles to afford to feed the children she already has. ...

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Mythos: Men – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Stephen Fry Director: Tim Carroll Reviewer: Matt Forrest There are certain actors, performers and comics who you would pay good money to see even if they were reading the Yellow Pages; Richard Burton, Sir Ian McKellen and Stephen Fry would all fit the bill. Thankfully, Fry isn’t tackling the helpful canary coloured directory, instead he is taking on the ...

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Mythos: Heroes – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Stephen Fry Director: Tim Carroll Reviewer: Abbie Rippon Sat centre stage in a comfortable looking arm chair, one might wonder how a solo figure might hold the attention of a crowd of over 1,700 people. This is the task that household name, Steven Fry must undertake. Without a hint of trepidation, Fry takes to the stage to showcase one ...

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Mythos: Gods  – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Stephen Fry Director: Tim Carroll Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Revered by some as having almost demi-God like status anyway, Stephen Fry has always immersed himself into the world of Greek myth and legend. His 2018 publication Mythos: Godsis his own retelling of the ancient Mediterranean fables for a 21stcentury audience. Quickly followed by Heroesand Men, his literally trilogy is now ...

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Jerry Springer The Opera – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Composer, Lyricist, Book: Richard Thomas Additional Lyrics & Book: Stewart Lee Director: James Baker Reviewer: Matt Forrest Talk about making a statement and putting yourself on the map! That’s precisely what Northern Ricochet have gone and done with their inaugural production. Choosing to stage Jerry Springer The Opera as your first production takes some balls: it’s a risky strategy, but it’s ...

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Amélie – Opera House, Manchester

Book: Craig Lucas Music: Daniel Messé Lyrics: Nathan Tysen & Daniel Messé Director: Michael Fentiman Reviewer: Matt Forrest Back in 2001 a relatively small budget French/German co-production called Amélie, became a monster hit, garnering both commercial and critical success: it did huge numbers at the box office, was in the running during award season, but more importantly than that this ...

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Henry V – Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Loveday Ingram Reviewer: Abbie Rippon Set in the beautiful Grosvenor Park, Chester’s Open Air Theatre celebrates its 10th birthday this year with a trio of plays: Twelfth Night, The Borrowers and, of course, Henry V. This story of war, allegiance and identity remains as universal and relevant now as it was to the Elizabethans watching it at ...

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