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Psappha Ensemble  -Halle St. Peters, Manchester

Writers: René Char adapted by Pierre Boulez, Toru Takemitsu, Tom Harrold and Luciano Berio Conductor: Jamie Phillips Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Psappha Ensemble is The North’s only stand-alone contemporary classical music ensemble. They are based at the highly atmospheric venue Halle St. Peters- a former Italian Chapel in inner-city Manchester. Inside the venue the mood is intimate and informal – the ...

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Ballet British Columbia – The Lowry, Salford

Choreographers: Emily Molnar, Crystal Pite, Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar Reviewer: Jo Beggs Ballet British Columbia isn’t a company on most British dance audience’s radar. In fact, despite the company being over 30 years old, this is their first time in the UK. In partnership with Dance Consortium, the Canadian company are undertaking an extensive UK tour, from Edinburgh to ...

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Fat Friends – The Musical – Opera House, Manchester

Book, Lyrics and Director: Kay Mellor Music: Nick Lloyd Webber Musical Director: Michael Bradley Reviewer: Helen Jones It's 18 years since Kay Mellor's comedy-drama Fat Friends arrived on our TV screens, and now the premise has been modernised and rewritten to create Fat Friends – The Musical. The principal characters are the same; fun, curvy Kelly, her rather slow fiance Kevin, parents Betty ...

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The Hollies: A Highway Of Hits Tour 2018 – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Donna Kelly With over 60 singles and 26 albums to their name, you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t heard of The Hollies. Best known for their distinctive three-part vocal harmony style, The Hollies were one of the leading British groups of the 1960s and 70s, with major hits on both sides of the Atlantic. Formed in 1962 ...

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Simon Evans: Genius – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jay Nutall It’s a tough ask to announce yourself as the “Genius Simon Evans” prior to walking onstage. Immediately acknowledging this dilemma it feels like we will be in the safe hands of a comedian wishing to deconstruct intelligence and aptitude - nothing particularly original as David Gorman currently has a television series of the same name but one ...

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Whisky Galore – Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Oldham

Writer: Compton Mackenzie Adaptor: Philip Goulding Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Donna Kelly As Britain marks 100 years since women first gained the right to vote, Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Hull Truck Theatre and New Vic Theatre present a brand new, all-female adaptation of Compton Mackenzie’s comedy classic Whisky Galore. Set in 1955, Whiskey Galore tells the story of the islanders of ...

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The Importance of Being Earnest- The Opera House, Manchester

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director: Alastair Whatley Designer: Gabriella Slade Reviewer: Dave Cunningham It has been a long, brutal winter and we are all desperate for something cheerful and bright. Recognising a cue The Original Theatre Company offers Oscar Wilde’s evergreen classic The Importance of Being Earnest. The works of Oscar Wilde defy innovations; updating the setting to the present day simply ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella – The Lowry, Salford

Director and Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Music: Sergei Prokofiev Reviewer: Tate James Matthew Bourne brings his own brand of magic to the Lowry with his latest tour of Cinderella. Though maybe not as definitive as the ever popular Nutcracker or the iconic Swan Lake, this may just be the most enchanting production in his New Adventures repertoire. Originally conceived in 1997 ...

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