Gig Review: Red Hot Chilli Pipers – The Lowry, Salford

Over the past fourteen years, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers have grown to become the most famous bagpipe band on the planet. Formed in 2002, the Scottish group has played with rock band The Darkness, opened the popular T IN THE PARK music festival, won the BBC talent show WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS? and have sold out tours across the world including the UK and the USA.

For those who have never heard of them, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers are a large musical ensemble consisting of pipers, guitarists, keyboar...

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Theatre Review: GHOST – THE MUSICAL, The Lowry – Salford

Andy Moss as Sam Wheat in GHOST THE MUSICAL. Photo: Matt Martin

When GHOST was first released back in 1990, it caused a real rumble. The American romantic fantasy film starring the late Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg, was an outstanding commercial success, breaking box office records and earning Goldberg an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress...

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Theatre Review: TWELFTH NIGHT – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Faith Omole (Viola) in RET Twelfth Night. Photo Credit: Jonathan Keenan

Funny, beautifully staged and well performed, Jo Davies’ adaption of Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT is a must-see piece at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre this spring.

Written by William Shakespeare in 1601/02 as a twelfth night’s entertainment for the close of the Christmas season, this 400 year old play is a comedy disguised as an initial tragedy.

Separated in a shipwreck and believing each other to be dead, twins Vi...

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Interview: Deborah McAndrew on CYRANO DE BERGERAC

As part of their 25th anniversary year, Northern Broadsides join forces with the award-winning New Vic Theatre to present an exciting new adaptation of CYRANO DE BERGERAC.

Originally written by Edmond Rostand in 1897, the classic romantic comedy tells the story of a brilliant poet and swordsman named Cyrano who is deeply in love with his beautiful, intellectual cousin Roxane...

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Gig Review: Billy Ocean Spring Tour 2017 – The Lowry, Salford

Billy Ocean Spring Tour

Billy Ocean’s heyday may have been in the 1970s and 1980s but the 67-year-old singer songwriter still knows how to entertain a crowd.

Born in Trinidad in 1950, Ocean is the biggest black recording star Britain has ever produced. The soul legend, who string of R&B and pop hits in the 70s and 80s, has sold over 30 million records in his lifetime, with number one hits in the USA, Australia, Germany, Holland and the UK.

Following the success of his album HERE YOU ARE: THE BEST OF BILLY OCEAN whi...

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Theatre Review: JANE EYRE – The Lowry, Salford

Tim Delap (Rochester) and Nadia Clifford (Jane Eyre) in JANE EYRE. Photo: Brinkhoff/Mögenburg

Beautifully acted and thought-provoking, JANE EYRE opens its UK tour at The Lowry

2017 marks the 170th anniversary of the first publication of Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel JANE EYRE and it in a fitting tribute, the highly acclaimed co-production between the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic opens its UK tour at Salford’s The Lowry. 

Originally presented as a two part performance at the Brist...

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Theatre Review: SILVER LINING – The Lowry, Salford

Silver Lining at ETT and Rose Theatre. Photo by Mark Douet

SILVER LINING takes place in the upper day room of the Silver Retirement Home in Gravesend. Storm Vera is battering the country and freak floods has prompted the evacuation of all riverside properties. But as five elderly ladies wait patiently in the retirement home for help to arrive, it soon becomes clear that they have been forgotten about...

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Theatre Review: EVITA – The Lowry, Salford

EVITA

Bill Kenwright’s latest touring production of EVITA is as fresh, provocative and absorbing as ever

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s award-winning musical EVITA may be almost 40 years old but in a world where the news is dominated by politics and unlikely ascensions to power, the biographical pop opera feels eerily relevant than ever before.

EVITA tells the story of Eva Peron, the second wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron...

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Theatre Review: THE SUPPLIANT WOMEN – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester 

THE SUPPLIANT WOMEN

David Grieg’s reinterpretation of THE SUPPLIANT WOMEN fails to live up to the power and passion of Aeschylus’ 2500 year old play

Based on Aeschylus’ 2500 year old play and made new by David Grieg, THE SUPPLIANT WOMEN is a short choral movement in three acts. It tells the tale of 50 women who arrive in Argos, the land of their ancestral Gods, seeking refuge from forced marriage with their Egyptian cousins and the perils of their exile. 

To open proceedings, the cast hark back to the days of...

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Theatre Review: Paul Auster’s CITY OF GLASS – HOME, Manchester

Jack Tarlton as Stillman in Paul Auster's CITY OF GLASS by 59 Productions. Photo by Jonathan Keenan

Jack Tarlton as Stillman in Paul Auster’s CITY OF GLASS by 59 Productions. Photo by Jonathan Keenan

CITY OF GLASS is a bold, ambitious and high-tech piece of theatre which captures the crazy and claustrophobic nature of Auster’s original novella

If you’ve ever read Paul Auster’s CITY OF GLASS, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this multi-layered, metafictional mystery is too tricky to make the transition to the stage...

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