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Decoder: The Ticket that Exploded – Pioneer Works, New York City

Source Text: William S. Burroughs Directed & Conceived: Mallory Catlett Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers The pedigree behind Mallory Catlett’s Decoder: The Ticket that Exploded is vastly impressive.  With support from Gibney Dance and Theatre Conspiracy, Stony Brook University, CultureHub, Playwrights Theatre Center, Mabou Mines, the Collapsable Hole, and the Watermill Center (via the National Endowment for the Arts), this is the ...

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An Evening with Helen Sharman – Town Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: Tim Harding “Astronaut wanted, no experience necessary”.  This was the strapline from a commercial that 26-year-old Dr Helen Sharman heard in 1989.  Sharman was, at the time, working as a chemist for the confectioners Mars, working on a team developing a Mars Bar flavoured ice cream!  She says she had no big dreams of going into space as a ...

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Skip Rap – Carriageworks, Leeds

Writer & Lyrics: Alan 'Cool' Clay Music: Andy Brooks aka Testament Director: Iain Bloomfield Reviewer: Rich Jevons Skip Rap is the debut solo show for Alan 'Cool' Clay, following some 20 years touring nationally and internationally with Mind the Gap, the leading UK company for artists with learning disabilities. The title of the production refers to on stage junk from ...

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Stuart Maconie: Jarrow; Road to the Deep South –  The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer:  Richard Hall Broadcaster and journalist, Stuart Maconie is familiar to many from his appearances on radio and TV, especially the afternoon show that he hosts on BBC 6music with Mark Radcliffe. As a writer, Maconie has enjoyed critical and popular success with his series of bestselling travel books including the fabulously titled, Cider with Roadies and Pies and Prejudice. ...

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[Insert Slogan Here] – HOME, Manchester

Writer: Sam Ward Reviewer: Jo Beggs Following a scratch performance at the Royal Exchange last Summer, YESYESNONO bring [Insert Slogan Here] to the PUSH festival at HOME, which showcases local companies and performers. Comparing the show descriptions, though, suggests that writer and performer Sam Ward has made some significant changes to the piece for what he describes as “the first ...

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Declining Solo – The Lowry, Salford.

Music: Tim Blazdell. Writers/Directors: Two Destination Language. Reviewer: Sam Lowe "Belonging neither here nor there", as the audience are told in the performance, Declining Solo is a show which fluctuates between the multiple layers of what makes up identity. It explores the father and daughter relationship, a woman's relationship to her culture, her home, how the past affects the present, ...

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Obama and Me – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writer: Sylvia Arthur Reviewer: RL Bartholomew Sylvia Arthur used to be a dynamic Brussels-based communications strategist whose task was to promote the controversial Fourth Freedom - unrestricted movement of people inside the Euro zone. Black, efficient, and articulate, she could have been a poster girl for a thoroughly open, outward-looking Europe. Instead, Arthur discovered - just like Obama did in ...

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