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Pirates of the Carabina: Flown – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Despite what it sounds similar to this is not a show parodying swashbuckling seafaring, shanties, and swordfights – although one could be forgiven as we are greeted into the theatre by the sound of waves. Pirates of the Carabina are a troupe at the forefront of British circus and their show, Flown, has toured for a few ...

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Man on the Moon – Contact, Manchester

Writer: Keisha Thompson Director: Benji Reid Reviewer: Lizz Clark Keisha Thompson is an astonishing writer and performer. It's not so much the poetic phrases and star-gazing metaphors that pepper her solo piece, Man on the Moon – though these are plentiful. It's the delicate way that she handles big issues like mental health, family, and black identity so that these broad ...

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For Love or Money – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer:  Blake Morrison | Adapted from Alain- René Lesage’s Turcaret Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Daryl Holden It’s a huge gamble for Northern Broadsides to want to take a work from 18th Century France and set it in 1920’s Yorkshire. That’s why it’s no surprise when it doesn’t pay off. Don’t expect much from this story. This so-called “comedy” comprises the ...

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A Christmas Carol – The Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Charles Dickens Adapter: Neil Duffield Director: Ben Occhipinti Reviewer: Jay Nuttall It may still be November but Christmas shows up and down the country are beginning to open and none are quite as Christmassy as Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. With early evening performance times of seven o’clock and a running time of just under two hours, this production ...

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War Horse – Liverpool Empire

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Adaptor: Nick Stafford Director: Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris Reviewer: John Roberts Almost 10 years to the day, War Horse gained its first preview at the National Theatre in London, however, the production almost never happened.  The then artistic director of the National Theatre couldn’t see how an adaptation of a children’s book about a horse in ...

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Little Women – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Book:  Alan Knee Lyrics: Mindi Dickstein Music: Jason Howland Director: Bronagh Lagan Reviewer: Richard Hall In less than two years, Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre has become a byword for high quality, accessible, musical theatre. At the heart of the venue’s runaway success are its owners Joseph Houston and Willian Whelton. The dynamic duo has deservedly received widespread acclaim for the ...

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Medusa – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Tim Cunningham and Rod Beale Writer: Helen Mort Director: James Beale Reviewer: Jo Beggs It’s been told many times, but Proper Job’s Medusa re-tells the Greek myth from a contemporary perspective which focuses on what, in some cases, has been merely her backstory. The beautiful and rather reckless sixteen-year-old Medusa has a bit of a reputation. One night at ...

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People, Places & Things – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Duncan Macmillan Director: Jeremy Herrin and Holly Race Roughan Reviewer: Matthew Forrest The biggest dangers to a recovering addict are the People, Places & Things. This is according to writer Duncan Macmillan’s play. Our friends, family, environment and circumstances can have a massive impact on someone struggling with their inner-demons and set them on a course of action they ...

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