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Julie Fowlis – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jonny Black   This is the first date of an 8 night tour to selected venues throughout the UK during April and May. The tour is to promote her new album Gach Sgeul (Every Story). Julie grew up on North Uist, an island in the Outer Hebrides, in a Gaelic speaking community. She released her first album in 2005 ...

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Compagnie Käfig: Boxe Boxe – The Lowry, Salford

Artistic Direction and Choreography: Mourad Merzouki Music Design: The Debussy String Quartet and AS’N Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Compagnie Käfig is a well-established French street dance company founded in 1996 by Mourad Merzouki. Boxe Boxe is their latest production and is about boxing. But that tells you little of what to expect from this company or this show and what it ...

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Desert – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Text: Edward Fortes Movement Director: Ali Baybutt Director: Bethany Pitts Reviewer: Mel Duncan Private Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning has been imprisoned for 1410 days. This simple chilling fact greets the audience as they enter the theatre, projected in a simple white font, on a simple black background. This piece of theatre challenges the very basic morals on which our beings ...

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The Last Five Years – King’s Arms Theatre, Salford

Music/Book/Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown Director: James Baker Reviewer: Tracey Lowe Every so often, there’s a show that completely changes your perception of musicals. If you walk into ‘The Last Five Years’ expecting jazz hands and kick lines, you’ll be very disappointed. However, what this musical does deliver is a relatable story, genuinely fantastic songs, and a hell of a lot ...

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Let It Be – Liverpool Empire

Director &Musical Supervisor: John Maher Reviewer: Paul Downham 50 years after The Beatles last performed on the Liverpool Empire stage the ‘Fab Four’ return to the city where it all began. Performing to a capacity crowd, it seems like they have never been away. Let it Be isn’t a Juke Box Musical weaving the groups songs into a totally un ...

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Daniel O’Donnell – The Lowry Salford

Reviewer: Paul Downham Daniel O’Donnell took to the Lowry stage along with his band that in all case bar one have been behind him for the last 27 years. Along with equally long serving backing singers they provide a polished and slick canvass for Daniel to perform in front of. Daniel O’Donnell is the ultimate showman and laps up the ...

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Jack and the Beanstalk – The Lowry. Salford

Created by Lyngo Theatre in collaboration with Trestle Reviewer: Clare Boswell Jack and the Beanstalk is arguably one of our most popular fairy tales but for anyone unfamiliar with its premise it follows the story of Jack; a young boy who sells his poor family’s only source of food and income (Milky White the cow) for some magic beans. Following ...

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Seann Walsh: The Lie-in King – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham During his current show Seann Walsh characterises himself as being so bone-idle he is still in bed, not even having scratched his balls, while most people have traveled to, and returned from, work. Anyone witnessing Walsh onstage will know this is not the case. He is a very hard-working and physical performer. The distinguishing feature of his ...

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