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FILM REVIEW: Mrs Lowry & Son

Writer: Martyn Hesford Director: Adrian Noble Reviewer: Dave Cunningham It is surprising that it has taken so long for the life of artist L S Lowry to be dramatised on the cinema screen. After all, his story has inspired a ballet, stage and radio plays and a number of documentaries. Perhaps the biggest surprise is that Martyn Hesford’s script for ...

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Woman Before a Glass – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writer: Lanie Robertson Director: Austin Pendleton Reviewer: Scott Matthewman For a woman born at the tail end of the 19th century, Peggy Guggenheim strikes a very modern, liberated chord in Woman Before a Glass, a one-act play by Lanie Robertson. Far more sexually and socially liberated than her peers, Guggenheim collected husbands (not necessarily her own) with as much vigour ...

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…And this is My Friend Mr Laurel – Square Chapel, Halifax

Writers: Gail Louw and Jeffrey Holland Reviewer: Ron Simpson ...And this is My Friend Mr Laurel is a very pleasing example of theatre at its simplest. No director is listed for Jeffrey Holland’s sympathetic and mostly understated performance and the set consists of a bed frame and a chair. All we have is an immortal comedy partnership, brought to life ...

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Bob Dylan & The History of Rock ’n’ Roll – The Civic, Barnsley

Writer: Michael Gray Reviewer: Ray Taylor Michael Gray is a renowned world authority on Bob Dylan, having studied him over a lifetime and produced two monumental books on Dylan's life and work. He attempts to distill all his knowledge and appreciation of Dylan in this one-man performance that is partly lecture, but also includes rare footage and soundtrack recordings. Gray ...

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Julie Madly Deeply – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs Sarah-Louise Young has graced the stage at the Lowry in more wigs than most. In her acclaimed show Cabaret Whore, Young creates a host of brilliant, grotesque, yet strangely lovable characters, from French chantreuse La Poule to country and Western porn star Sammy Mavis Junior. The filthy jokes doled out her fictional characters might cause a few ...

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Sandi Toksvig – The Lowry, Salford

Director: Pip Broughton Reviewer: Jo Beggs [Rating:3.5] Barely a week goes by without Sandi Toksvig popping up on the TV or radio. From QI to The News Quiz, Toksvig has become a stalwart of the classy end of panel games and entertainment for the incurably curious. And it’s hardly surprising that this is the niche she’s carved out for herself. ...

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New Dawn Fades – The Lass O’Gowrie, Manchester

Writer: Brian Gorman Director: Neil Bell Reviewer: Dave Cunningham [Rating:4] Books have been written and films and documentaries made telling the story of iconic Manchester band Joy Division. Writer Brian Gorman makes his stage version stand out by demonstrating how the band was influenced by the cities from which they originated or reached maturity. Gorman, and director Neil Bell, structure ...

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Piaf – Bolton Octagon

Writer: Pam Gems Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: Dave Cunningham [Rating:4] On a rain soaked street in Belleville Edith Gassion (Caroline Faber), a street singer, catches the eye of nightclub owner Louis Leplee (Danny Cunningham). In reference to her slight frame he renames her Little Sparrow – ‘ Piaf’. Pam Gems’s play is a warts and all examination of a flawed ...

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