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Author: Lucia Cox

Review: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Lowry, Salford

December 10, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Lowry, Salford

A year ago, I reviewed this production at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

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Review: When Both Sides Surrender, 53Two, Manchester

December 1, 2016 Comments Off on Review: When Both Sides Surrender, 53Two, Manchester

Simon Naylor and his merry band of brothers (and sisters) are creating a bit of a fuss down at this new venue in city centre Manchester.

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Review: Love’s Labour’s Lost & Much Ado About Nothing, RSC, Opera House, Manchester

December 1, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Love’s Labour’s Lost & Much Ado About Nothing, RSC, Opera House, Manchester

I visited London’s Old Vic recently to watch its overly intellectual presentation of Lear. Like a pretentious, post-modern meal, there is much to wonder at in this show, but it left me cold and hungry for something more filling. Impressive looking food doesn’t always taste that great. So it’s great to be back in Manchester and in safe hands seeing this Shakespearian double bill by the RSC and the Chichester Festival. 

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Review: Seth Lakeman, RNCM, Manchester

November 21, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Seth Lakeman, RNCM, Manchester

If, like me, you have been to a seated music gig in a posh venue, there is a fight between your heart and your head.

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Preview: Return to Grey Gardens, Contact Theatre, Manchester

October 10, 2016 Comments Off on Preview: Return to Grey Gardens, Contact Theatre, Manchester

So, I’m pretty excited right now. There’s a new show coming to town which features fabulous drag queens and pays homage to my favourite documentary of all time. Welcome to Return to Grey Gardens.

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A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer

Review: A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer, HOME, Manchester

October 6, 2016 Comments Off on Review: A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer, HOME, Manchester

You know, it’s been a slightly bumpy ride for HOME’s theatre department since the grand opening just over 12 months ago, including mixed reviews about their in-house shows, poor Christmas sales and critical opinions on visiting productions.

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Review: Ramsbottom Festival 2016, Lancashire

October 3, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Ramsbottom Festival 2016, Lancashire

Several years ago, I schlepped from festival to festival with my performance poet boyfriend who was performing at each one. My memory is one of wet tents, horrid Portaloos and fairly awful poetry.

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Review: Fazenda, Manchester

June 30, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Fazenda, Manchester

I like old things. I prefer the charms of Manchester city centre to the high gloss fakery of the Trafford Centre. I like antiques rather than Argos, and I like eating in old, bespoke, establishments rather than shiny glass restaurants.

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Review: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, West Yorkshire Playhouse

January 12, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, West Yorkshire Playhouse

Some people hate the M62 – that windy, high-peaked, lugubrious trek from east to west or west to east. But I like the journey, especially the one from Manchester to Leeds.

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Into The Woods

Review: Into the Woods, Royal Exchange, Manchester

December 14, 2015 Comments Off on Review: Into the Woods, Royal Exchange, Manchester

Matthew Xia’s first production as associate artistic director at Manchester’s Royal Exchange is a bold festive choice and one that is bound to be a crowd pleaser.

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