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Waiting for God – The Lowry Salford

older man and woman sitting on a bed

Writer: Michael Aitkens Director: David Grindley   Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Some years ago theatres were congested with adaptations of well-loved TV sitcoms. Michael Aitkens’s Waiting for God missed out on the fad but that may be to its advantage as the adaptation now feels more like a ‘proper’ play rather than a nostalgic cash-in. Diana (Nichola McAuliffe) is a retired photo-journalist ...

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MIF 2017: Party Skills for the End of the World –  Centenary Building, Salford

Writer: Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari with Abgail Conway Reviwer: Dave Cunningham Although the degree may differ parties and theatre are both social events at which people interact. In   Party Skills for the End of the World, creators Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari, along with designer Abgail Conway, set out to demolish the imaginary wall between audience and performers. This ...

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Trolley Girls – The King’s Arms, Salford.

Writer/Director: Jessica Forest and Olivia Nicholson. Reviewer: Sam Lowe What an eye catching name for a theatre company. Sugar Butties Theatre are a young company, who have developed Trolley Girls for a while, taking it to various theatre festivals around the country. Tonight, this two-hander performance is presented as part of The Greater Manchester Fringe, and it slots right in ...

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Taha – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Amer Hlehel  Translator/Director Amir Nizar Zuabi Director: Amir Nizar Zuabi Reviewer: Jo Beggs Growing up in Palestine in the 1940s, Taha Muhammed Ali was already proving himself a shrewd businessman and intellectual in his mid-teens. Full of determination and with an intense thirst for learning, Taha takes it upon himself to drag his family out of poverty and delights ...

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Simon and Garfunkel: Through the Years – The Lowry, Salford

Simon & Garfunkel by Bookends

Writer: Paul Simon Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The term ‘Tribute Act’ is often used simply as a shorthand way of attracting audiences who want an undemanding night out listening to live re-creations of songs by groups who have disbanded or no longer play live. In the case of Dan Haynes and Pete Richards, who perform under the name Bookends, there is ...

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Shirley Valentine – The Lowry, Salford

Jodie Prenger as Shirley Valentine

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Glen Walford Reviewer: Jo Beggs By 1986, when he wrote Shirley Valentine, Willy Russell had already established himself as one of the country’s most acclaimed comic playwrights. Educating Rita had already, and fairly swiftly, made its way from the stage to the screen and Russell had proven that eighties man could speak with a powerful feminist ...

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In Tents and Purposes – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Roxy Dunn Director: Chris Head Reviewer: Lizz Clark Do we make our own luck? This story of two friends who have their fortunes told at a festival, and live the next ten years under the shadow of the predictions, explores just that question. Roxy Dunn’s strait-laced Libby wants to be a writer, but is told she’ll end up broke ...

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Joli Vyann: Imbalance – The Lowry, Salford

Male dancer holding female dancer horizontally above his head

Choreographer: Jonathan Lunn Reviewer: Jo Beggs Jan Patzke and Olivia Quayle are Joli Vyann, a duo who make performances fusing acrobatics and dance. Their work to date has mostly consisted shorter outdoor performances but Imbalance is an hour-long indoor show, performed in the Lowry’s studio space as part of a short tour. The problems with giving this kind of work ...

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