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The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest For most of us, a Sunday evening requires something quite soothing in order to see off the weekend and prepare for the drudgery of the working week ahead. For some, it may be the Antiques Roadshow, whilst for others, a middle England TV crime series will do the job. Some may feel that The Ukulele Orchestra of Great ...

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Gary Delaney: Gagster’s Paradise – The Lowry, Salford.

Reviewer: Jay Nuttall The mark of a great comedian is, when leaving a gig, not remembering any of the jokes. It helps to write a couple down before they become ephemeral. Gary Delaney’s Gagster’s Paradise is so cram packed full that most comedians would hope to write as many funny lines in ten years that he puts into one hour. If ...

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Mark Thomas: Check Up, Our NHS at 70 – Liverpool Playhouse

Director: Nicolas Kent Reviewer: Matt Forrest This must be the first time I’ve attended a comedy show where half way through there is a projected video of a stomach operation, whilst a laid-back jazz track plays out, with Thomas bellowing “staple, cut, staple”. But then again, this no normal show; this is a show about an institution that has impacted ...

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LOL (Ladies of Laughter) with Noreen Kahn – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest Back in 2016, television and radio presenter Noreen Kahn tried her hand at stand-up comedy. This proved a hugely successful move and led Kahn to set up her own, all-female comedy nights and tours. Tonight, The Lowry played host to some of the UK’s finest female comic talents as Judi Love, Shazia Mirza, Maureen Younger and Kahn ...

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Sick – King’s Head Theatre, London

Writer: Shey Hargreaves Director: Molly Naylor Reviewer: Scott Matthewman One of the publishing successes of 2018’s This is Going to Hurt, doctor-turned-performer Adam Kay’s memoir of working on the frontlines of the NHS. The winning combination of humour and the devastating effects of the demands placed on those working on in the Health Service resulted in a compelling read, and ...

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Scottee: Fat Blokes – Home, Manchester

Choreographer: Lea Anderson Director: Scottee Reviewer: Matt Forrest Scottee: Fat Blokes’ poster claims it’s a dance show of sorts, but in reality, it’s so much more than that: a rebellion, a call to arms, call it what you will, but certainly don’t call it ‘brave’. This is a cabaret show like no other: sure, there is dance, comedy, even a ...

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Rough Crossing – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Tom Stoppard Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Kelyn Luther Rough Crossing is freely adapted from Ferenc Molnar’s The Play at The Castle, previously adapted by PG Wodehouse. However, Stoppard’s take is somewhat closer to that of Noël Coward. Set on a cruise liner in the thirties, playwright Turai (John Partridge) is working on his new play, but is forced to ...

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No Such Thing as A Fish – The Lowry, Salford    

Reviewer: Matt Forrest First let me pre-empt this review with a warning to my friends, family and work colleges: I may be slightly unbearable the next time I see you and you’re probably not going to get a word in edgewise. That’s because I’m with armed with more facts and trivia than you can shake a stick at, and the ...

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