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The Discount Comedy Checkout: Improv Show – King’s Arms, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs Turning out a show based on the well-worn concept of improvisation games is one thing announcing to the audience “you know Whose Line Is It Anyway on the telly? Well it’s like that”, is probably a mistake. Now we’re poised waiting for an hour of beautifully crafted comedy and The Discount Comedy Checkout have a lot to ...

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Chris Boyle: Cinema One-Man Geek Show – King’s Arms Theatre, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs Other lives are a fascinating thing. How many of Chris Boyle’s students know that their teacher, for example, is a stand-up at night? How many of them know he’s recently single and living with his parents, squeezing into a bunk bed and making good use of his Netflix account. Perhaps it’s keeping all this quiet all day ...

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The Gambit – Greater Manchester Fringe Festival: The Swan, Dobcross

Writer: Mark Reid Director: Matthew Gould Reviewer: Iain Sykes The game of chess is a complex one. A multi-layered battle of cerebral tactics, each move and its implications and ramifications thought out to the nth degree, it’s fascinating to watch the game unfold even if the casual observer at times doesn’t have the first clue as to what’s going on. ...

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Peaceful – King’s Arms Theatre, Salford

Writer: Polis Loizou Reviewer: Iain Sykes The ghostly atmosphere is palpable as soon as one enters the darkened theatre in Off Off Off Broadway’s Greater Manchester Fringe production of Peaceful. Miss Charles, the owner of the old estate sits on stage in a white veil, surrounded by white draped furniture, a stark contrast against the black of the space, while ...

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Under Manc Wood – King’s Arms Theatre, Salford

Writer: Chris Kelly &Penny Edwards Director: Ross Kelly Reviewer: Iain Sykes It is an internationally known fact that the greatest city in the whole world is found in the northwest corner of England and goes by the name of Manchester. Of course, people from outside the area may say that claim just goes to show the arrogance of the city ...

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Together in Electric Dreams – The Swan, Dobcross

Writer/Director: Daniel Thackery Reviewer: Ruth Gerrard Based on true events early back in the early 1980’s, the action takes place in a Japanese restaurant where we meet Alan Sugar (Matthew O’Neill) and Sir Clive Sinclair (Daniel Thackery); having dinner and inevitably discussing business. Waited on by the ever patient Akiko (Jess Lee); this in a snapshot in time, peppered with ...

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