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Stewart Lee

Much A-Stew About Nothing

October 7, 2013 Comments Off on Much A-Stew About Nothing

If 2011’s Carpet Remnant World was Stewart Lee’s ground-breaking psychedelic album, then Much a-Stew About Nothing could – as its title suggests – be his next batch of unfinished demos.

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Defining Me – and Defining Manchester

October 3, 2013 Comments Off on Defining Me – and Defining Manchester

Manchester has a rich, diverse musical heritage – and every right to be fiercely proud of it. But you wouldn’t envy the man who tries to tell the entire story.

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Educating Rita

October 1, 2013 Comments Off on Educating Rita

The Library Theatre Company, Manchester, has a superb reputation. Attending their production of Willy Russell’s Educating Rita at The Lowry, I had high expectations. They were not met – they were surpassed with accomplished theatrical finesse.

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The Mikado

Rom-Com Opera in Salford

September 26, 2013 Comments Off on Rom-Com Opera in Salford

As I sipped my pre-performance glass of bubbly I couldn’t help but notice the attire of the other drinkers. Fleeces, hoodies, trainers and t-shirts with popular slogans abounded everywhere. I remarked to my guest, somewhat haughtily, that theatrical standards of dress had fallen.

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Evita

Surprisingly Good For You

July 31, 2013 Comments Off on Surprisingly Good For You

Evita is a bizarre ‘ole musical, isn’t it? Let’s do a musical about a dictatorship in South America and in particular, the life of Eva Peron, says Tim Rice, who was obsessed with the life of the former First Lady. Go on then, says his then long-time writing partner, Andrew Lloyd Webber.

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Siegfried

Venturing towards Valhalla

July 8, 2013 Comments Off on Venturing towards Valhalla

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On the warmest day of the year so far, I sat on the rooftop patio of the Manchester International Festival pavilion bar fuelling myself with fish and chips and swilling down with a pint of festival ale in preparation for the heroic task ahead of me. I had volunteered to review Wagner’s Siegfried.

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The Time Machine

Defying the Arrow of Time

June 29, 2013 Comments Off on Defying the Arrow of Time

There can be few places as profoundly lonely as the stage in a one man production.

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The Enough Project

The Enough Project – preview

May 18, 2013 Comments Off on The Enough Project – preview

I’ll come clean right now, cut to the chase, no dilly-dallying. I have a girl crush on Cathy Crabb.

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Sutra

Sutra, The Lowry

May 16, 2013 Comments Off on Sutra, The Lowry

The Lowry‘s Lyric theatre is packed on this dreary Tuesday. Dance is usually quite well attended here in the North West, with school groups, dance students and theatre-types, but tonight there is a real mixed bag in the auditorium, which is a thrill to see.

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I Was A Rat!

I Was A Rat! at The Lowry, Salford

May 8, 2013 Comments Off on I Was A Rat! at The Lowry, Salford

This adaptation of Philip Pullman’s 1999 children’s novel I Was A Rat! at The Lowry is a charming, thought provoking and visually stunning production.

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