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Wayne McGregor: Autobiography – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Jlin Choreographer: Wayne McGregor, in collaboration with the dancers Reviewer: Jo Beggs McGregor’s autobiographical piece, which premiered at the 2018 Edinburgh International Festival, is something of a new take on the re-telling of a life. Having sequenced his own genome and selected twenty-three memorable life moments, McGregor has created an episodic work that, like life, is visceral, lyrical, chaotic, ...

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Suggs: What A King Cnut, A Life In The Realm Of Madness – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Graham Mcpherson Reviewer: Jo Beggs From trashing the gents toilets at Middlesex Polytechnic to sneaking into the back window of the Groucho Club. From the front row of ‘the wrong end’ at Anfield to the roof of Buckingham Palace. In his second autobiographical show, Madness front-man Suggs, takes us on a jolly journey through his life as a pop ...

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Mrs. Roosevelt Flies to London – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Alison Skilbeck Director: Lucy Skilbeck Company: Hint of Lime Productions Reviewer: Ron Simpson In October 1942 Eleanor Roosevelt flew to Britain for an extended visit in which she paid morale-boosting visits to American troops, met the Royal Family and major politicians of all parties, saw for herself how Britain was coping and generally spread the message of support from ...

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Dawn French, 30 Million Minutes – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Writer: Dawn French Director: Michael Grandage Reviewer: Rob Atkinson One undeniable truth from The Universal Handbook of the Blindingly Obvious goes as follows: Dawn French is a very funny woman. She has demonstrated this in a variety of ways throughout her long and successful career; via sketch-based revues, Comic Relief stage appearances, highly successful sitcoms (including the peerless Vicar of ...

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An Audience With Johnny Vegas – The Epstein Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Michael Pennington Featuring: John Henshaw Reviewer: Laura Orton [rating:0.5] With the show entitled 'An Audience With Johnny Vegas', the audience should be forgiven for believing that they are actually be going to see Johnny Vegas. However, this is not the case. As one drunken heckler so directly repeated, “I JUST DON'T KNOW [WHAT YOU'RE ON ABOUT]?!?!” over and over ...

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Boy In A Dress – Contact, Manchester

Writer: La John Joseph Director: Sarah Chew Reviewer: Jo Beggs [Rating:4.5] Boy In A Dress is the autobiography of “third-gendered, fallen Catholic, ex-fashion model, La JohnJoseph” says the programme. But that description doesn’t go halfway to describing the complexity of this gloriously told tale of a boy from Bootle who winds up in sparkly four-inch heels, strutting the stage in ...

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The Tin Ring – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Zdenka Fantlova Adaptor: Jane Arnfield &Mike Alfreds Director: Mike Alfreds Reviewer: Dave Cunningham [Rating:5] Zdenka Fantlova was so enraptured by the soundtracks of the early Broadway musicals that she learned to speak English. The skill was of enormous advantage as the Nazis occupied her homeland. Expelled from school for being Jewish she attended an English speaking boarding school. Zdenka ...

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