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Lost Boy Racer – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Julie Amanda Bokowiec Music: Mark Bokowiec Director: Liz Postlethwaite Reviewer: Dave Cunningham As a boy Sean Racer was obsessed not just with cycling but also with winning races. Observing the corrosive effect that losing had upon other people he resolved never to cycle again. Now a paunchy tax inspector (played by Thomas Aldersley ) the Lost Boy Racer tries ...

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Gaffer – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Chris Chibnall Director: Sam Freeman Reviewer: Stephen M Hornby Gaffer is an impressive act of performance with all twenty parts being played by just one actor. He carries a play that recreates the triumphs and disasters of life on the pitch and a narrative that moves the central character from early middle age back to being 15 years old. ...

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Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) – Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Carl Grose Music: Charles Hazlewood Director: Mike Shepherd Reviewer: May Mellstrom There is unlikely to be a more intriguing title for a show this year than Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs), a new co-production between the Everyman and Cornwall-based theatre company Kneehigh. The inaugural Everyman season has already tackled the traditional and local stories in ...

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Happy Days A New Musical – The Lowry, Salford

Book: Garry Marshall Music and Lyrics: Paul Williams Director and Choreographer: Andrew Wright Reviewer: Helen Jones “Monday, Tuesday, Happy Days” is a trigger to a whole generation of memories of the cult TV show which started broadcasting in 1974 in the US and ran for ten years, gaining a huge following in the process. In 2008 a musical version was ...

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Mamma Mia! – Winter Gardens, Blackpool

Music/Lyrics: Benny Andersson &Björn Ulvaeus Book: Catherine Johnson Director: Phyllida Lloyd Reviewer: John Roberts 15 years ago in 1999, Mamma Mia! opened in London for the very first time. Having now been performed in over 400 cities, seen by millions of people Mamma Mia! shows no sign of stopping – and it still feels as fresh and vibrant as it ...

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Nightlight / A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Lowry, Salford

Writer: Francesca Waite / William Shakespeare Director: Ralph Casson / Tara Daniels Reviewer: Paul Downham This double header performed by The Lowry Young Actors Company takes a new play based on the Grimm Tales and an all time classic Shakespeare work, and presented them in the Studio theatre to a packed audience. First up Nightlight, written by Francesca Waite, follows ...

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Breakout – Brazennose House, Manchester

Reviewer: Craig Hepworth Breakout is a new game/experience now running in Manchester. With versions already playing in Europe and in London to great success this perfect night out now arrives in the city and hopefully will enjoy the same success here. The concept is relatively simple, think the games in films like saw (minus the decapitations of course). A group ...

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Love Story – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Eric Segal Book and Lyrics: Stephen Clark Music and additional Lyrics: Howard Goodall Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: Stephanie Rowe As powerful and devastatingly haunting, witty, romantic, tear-jerking and heart-wrenching as the original novel by Eric Segal which was also turned into an iconic film starring Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw Love Story has the ability to turn even the ...

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