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Queer Contact: To Russia With Love – Contact, Manchester

Artistic Director: Adam Zane Writers: Adam Zane, Rob Ward, Chris Hoyle and Stephen M Hornby Reviewer: Peter Jacobs To Russia With Love came about from a desire to question and respond to the treatment of gay people in the Russian Federation, brought to a head by recent changes in the law making the 'promotion' of gay relationships illegal: a law ...

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How To Be Immortal – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Writer : Mira Dovreni Director: Kirsty Housley Reviewer: May Mellstrom In the opening moments of How To Be Immortal the audience are told that what follows is a story about death. The death of one woman in particular takes centre stage; Henrietta Lacks, a black woman from West Virginia who died of cancer in 1951. Without Lacks’ knowledge or consent, ...

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Bedroom Farce – Oldham Coliseum

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Paul Downham Despite being written nearly 40 years ago, Bedroom Farce by Alan Ayckbourn has stood the test of time remarkably well. As you watch the unfolding story, it is almost impossible not to connect with some part of it. The story centres around four couples and three bedrooms all of which intertwine ...

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Bella Queen of the Blackfriars Ring – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Denise Kennedy Director: Paula Simms Musical Director: Andy Frizzell Reviewer: Jay Nuttall We should be knocked out by the tale of Bella the first female boxing promoter, the publicity describes the production as an extraordinary story and indeed it is... but we only grasp a fraction of this remarkable woman in this new 70 minute production. And therein lies ...

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BalletBoyz: The Talent – The Lowry, Salford

Artistic Directors: Michael Nunn OBE &William Trevitt OBE Choreography: Liam Scarlett &Russell Maliphant Music: Max Richter &Armand Amar Reviewer: Peter Jacobs When in 2010, a decade into the BalletBoyz story, it became clear that Michael Nunn and William Trevitt were nearing the end of their performing careers, they made the risky decision to stop dancing themselves and take their company ...

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The Buddy Holly Story – The Opera House, Manchester

Writer: Alan James Director: Matt Salisbury Reviewer: Ruth Lovett On the 55th anniversary of the death of Buddy Holly, his story rolls back in to town and is welcomed with just as much fervour as ever. Taking place over a three year period from January 1956 until that fateful February night in 1959, we witness Holly’s (Roger Rowley) rapid rise ...

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Stewart Lee: Much A-Stew About Nothing – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs Thanks to two sell out nights at the Lowry in the autumn, those of us who managed to miss the initial outing of Stewart Lee’s latest show get a welcome opportunity in this ‘due to popular demand’ extra date. But Lee berates us for our tardiness. If we were real fans we’d have rushed to the show ...

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David O’Doherty – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin David O'Doherty has been on the comedy scene for a long time and has been receiving critical acclaim along the way, ever since launching his first comedy show at Edinburgh festival in 1999 where he was nominated for a Perrier Best Newcomer award. However, he hasn't quite reached the arena style heights of the comedians “in suits” ...

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