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DVD REVIEW: That Day We Sang

Writer &Director: Victoria Wood Reviewer: Glen Pearce First a stage commission for the Manchester International Festival in 2011, then a Christmas TV special for the BBC in 2014, Victoria Wood’s That Day We Sang now makes the transition to DVD. Inspired by the real life 1929 recording of Purcell's’s Nymphs and Shepherds by the Manchester Children’s Choir and the 1969 ...

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I Need a Doctor: The Whosical – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: James Wilson-Taylor, Jessica Spray Director: Benjamin Occhipinti Reviewer: Paul Downham Why an official Doctor Who musical hasn’t been done before is a mystery. Judging by the exuberant audience at The Lowry tonight it would surely be a success. So for the time being we will have to make do with this wonderful offering from Stormy Tea Cup Theatre Limited. ...

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Strictly Come Dancing Live 2015 – Echo Arena, Liverpool

Director: Craig Revel Horwood Choreographer: Jason Gilkison Reviewer: Steph Rowe BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing bring their live arena show back to the Echo Arena for two nights only. Keeping the same format as the hit TV show professional dancers are partnered with fellow celebrities from the most recent and past series to dance their way to the top of the ...

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I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue: Live on Stage – Sunderland Empire

Reviewer: Mark Clegg I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue has been a staple of BBC Radio Four’s schedules for over forty years and its massive popularity shows no signs of waning. With a basic panel game format, ‘Clue’ (as it’s known to its many fans) is simply a springboard for improvisational comedy and general silliness. The easiest way to describe ...

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INTERVIEW: Ten Minutes with Dan Starkey on Dracula

From a rehearsal room at Colchester's Mercury Theatre there are strange noises emerging - a mix of laughter, screams and what sounds like cabbages being squashed. In the first of two interviews taking a peak at The Fitzrovia Radio Hour's Dracula, Dan Starkey talks to The Public Reviews' Glen Pearce about bringing Bram Stoker's classic to the stage. How are ...

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Michael Palin: Travelling to Work, Grand Opera House, York

Writer: Michael Palin Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Palin is Yorkshire’s own Python, a Sheffield lad who, along with the other talented members of the Monty Python team, created a cosmos of comedy that was original, anarchic and surreal, or what might now be called “a bit random”. Post-Python, Michael reinvented himself as a TV travel presenter and writer, becoming, in effect, ...

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NEWS: Strictly Come Dancing announces 2015 arena tour

As Strictly Come Dancing returns to our screens, producers have announced details of the 2015 Strictly Come Dancing Live UK tour, with tickets going on sale 9am this Monday. The arena spectacular will feature some of the celebrities and professional dancers from the 12th series, all of who will be competing for the judges and the audience vote. Each night’s ...

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Bob Blakeley – The Lowry, Salford

Musical Arrangement: Mike Batt Reviewer: Paul Downham It is unfair to say that Bob Blakeley was a reject earlier this year after his appearance on hit BBC TV show The Voice, but what is fair to say is that tonight at The Lowry he played maybe not his biggest, but definitely the most emotional gig of his career to date. ...

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