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WitTank presents: The School – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Tracey Lowe WitTank are a trio of very gifted young comedians, namely Mark Cooper-Jones, Kieran Boyd and Naz Osmanoglu. They can currently be found plying their trade on BBC3’s surprisingly good sketch show ‘Live at the Electric’, or comedy radio station Radio 4 Extra. Their latest tour, ‘The School’ is a quick-fire sketch show based in an off-kilter boarding ...

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The Just So Stories – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Rudyard Kipling Director: Rafe Beckley Reviewer: Ruth Lovett Kipling’s Just So Stories are a timeless delight and considered sacrosanct by many. The Red Table Company’s presentation of some of the tales certainly lives up to this and does justice to a staple of the literary world. Guided through the creation story by the quartet of Emma Manley, Nicky Diss, ...

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Kate Tempest: Brand New Ancients – Contact, Manchester

Writer: Kate Tempest Composer: Nell Catchpole Director: Ian Rickson Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Poetry readings have definitely changed over the years. They no longer comprise the author reading from the book in a monotone. Kate Tempest’s ‘ Brand New Ancients’ is a full-blooded performance piece that jumps across genres but always remains true to itself. There is a low-key opening to ...

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The Tryals of Anne Bonny – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Writer/Director : Mike Levanzin Reviewer: May Mellstrom Opening with expletive strewn shanties, it is immediately obvious that this tale of an 18th Century pirate will bear no similarity to the accounts of piracy romanticised by popular fiction and drama. Confined in a cell, Anne Bonny recounts the story of her life and how she came to be facing execution on ...

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Victor Frankenstein – King’s Arms Theatre, Salford

Adaptor: Rose Biggin (from the novel by Mary Shelley) Director: Amy Liptrott Reviewer: Stephen M Hornby Victor Frankenstein is full of ideas about the source novel, about performance, and about the nature of theatrical experience but these never quite come together into a coherent and satisfying production. There are many strong elements here but they are undermined by a range ...

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Homegrown – Z-Arts, Manchester

Femme by Taciturn Dance &Variations of the Heart by Tmesis Theatre Choreographers: Jennifer Hale, Jenny Rees, Jenna Roberts, Elinor Randle Music: La Femme, Los Zafiros, Meike Holzmann, Egle Mei Reviewer: Jo Beggs Homegrown is a new regular programme of work organised by Dance Manchester and Z-Arts showcasing local dance talent. If tonight’s offering is anything to go by this is ...

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What the Ladybird Heard – The Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Julia Donaldson Director: Graham Hubbard Reviewer: Clare Boswell What the Ladybird Heard currently playing at the Liverpool Playhouse is based upon Julia Donaldson’s and Lydia Monk’s popular award-winning book of the same name. Having read an abundance of children’s story books with my daughter over the past two years, What the Ladybird Heard is definitely one of the better ...

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The Good, The God and The Guillotine – Contact, Manchester

Concept/Text: Peter S. Petralia Music: Martin Blain, Nick Donovan, Jonas Hummel and Paul J. Rogers Director: Andrew Westerside Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Proto-Type Theatre’s ambitious new production ‘The Good, The God and The Guillotine’ is a musical exploration of the themes of alienation and existential resignation arising from ‘The Stranger’ by Albert Camus. In the novel the protagonist, Meursault, commits murder ...

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