Theatre Review: NOT I – The Lowry, Salford

NOT I Jess Thom

Intense and powerful, Tourette’s hero Jess Thom uses Samuel Beckett’s incredibly complex text to bring light to Tourette’s Syndrome in NOT I

Jess Thom has Tourettes, a condition that means she makes movements and noises she can’t control, called tics. In NOT I, she takes on Samuel Beckett’s short play in a theatrical experience that explores neurodiversity and asks who is allowed to perform what and who gets the final say.

Friendly and informal, the relaxed performance feels begins from t...

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Theatre Review: MATTHEW BOURNE’S SWAN LAKE– The Lowry, Salford

Matthew Bourne's SWAN LAKE UK Tour 2018.

Matthew Bourne’s SWAN LAKE UK Tour 2018. Photo Credit: Johan Persson

With its masterful choreography, stunning set and innovative costume design, you can’t help but fall under the spell of Matthew Bourne’s SWAN LAKE

It’s hard to believe that Matthew Bourne’s SWAN LAKE is a whopping 23 years old. As the iconic dance piece returns to the stage for a new UK tour, it still feels as bold, fresh and inventive as ever.

Best known for shattered conventions by replacing the female corps-de-ballet ...

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Film Review: THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB

Claire Foy in The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018)

Claire Foy as Lisbeth Salander in THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB (2018)

Opting for style over substance, THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB boasts enough inventive set pieces to keep you engaged but ultimately feels disconnected from the rest of the series

Considering its been seven years since David Fincher’s THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO hit UK cinema screens, you kind of wonder why Sony has even bothered reboot the Millennium series once again...

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INTERVIEW: Lara Cowin Talks STICK MAN

The cast of STICK MAN. Photo Credit Steve Ullathorne

The cast of STICK MAN. Photo Credit Steve Ullathorne

Following her recent run in London’s West End, Lara Cowin talks about returning to the role of Stick Lady Love in Scamp Theatre’s adaptation of STICK MAN

Scamp Theatre’s adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s STICK MAN makes a welcome return to Salford’s The Lowry for a month-long run over Christmas.

Based on the hugely popular children’s book, STICK MAN tells the tale of a happy-go-lucky father’s epic journey to make i...

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Behind-The-Scenes of AQUAMAN [Video]

Jason Momoa in Aquaman (2018)

Director James Wan and actors Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe and Nicole Kidman talk about the creative process behind AQUAMAN

Ahead of its release this December, Warner Bros. UK has released a new behind-the-scenes featurette of James Wan’s AQUAMAN.

The epic underwater action-packed adventure tells the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry who goes on a journey of a lifetime — one that will not only force him to face who he really is but to discover if he is worthy ...

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Theatre Review: KINKY BOOTS – Opera House, Manchester

The cast of KINKY BOOTS. Photo: Helen Maybanks

The cast of KINKY BOOTS. Photo: Helen Maybanks

A feel-good celebration of individuality, KINKY BOOTS spreads it’s timeless message of acceptance to Manchester this November

With Cyndi Lauper’s score giving us some catchy, poppy tunes to accompany Harvey Fierstein’s book, KINKY BOOTS is a lighthearted comedy with plenty of touching, heartfelt moments to go around. Based on the 2005 film of the same name, KINKY BOOTS is loosely based on the true story of the W.J. Brooks Ltd footwear company...

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The Best Places to Sit in The Lowry’s Lyric Theatre (With Pictures)

The Lowry's The Lyric Theatre

From the Stalls to the Upper Circle, Frankly My Dear UK talk you through the best places to sit in The Lowry’s Lyric Theatre

As a theatre blogger, I’m often asked my opinion about all things theatre including the best places to sit. The seat that you choose can greatly affect how you feel about a performance and if you’re parting with £40 to £50 per ticket for a theatre show, great consideration should go into your decision on which seats to buy...

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Book Review: THE LAST by Hanna Jameson

THE LAST by Hanna Jameson

Fast-paced and thought-provoking, THE LAST feels startling plausible but ultimately fails to live up to its initial promise

Often the things that scare us the most aren’t things like ghosts and ghouls but real-life situations that have the potential to change our lives forever. In her latest book, Hanna Jameson plays on that very fear as she explores a dystopian view of the future following a world-wide nuclear attack.

Historian Jon Keller is on a business trip in Switzerland when the world ...

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Theatre Review: THE MYSTERIES – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

From a sheep farm in Eskdale to a tourist information centre in Whitby, THE MYSTERIES effectively explores the landscapes that surround us but ultimately fails to inspire a dialogue

Whether you live in a big city like Manchester or a small valley like Eskdale, there is something rather special about living in a community. Where we live helps to shape who we are as people, as well as the stories we tell, as Chris Thorpe and Sam Pritchard’s THE MYSTERIES attempts to demonstrate.

Inspired by th...

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COMPETITION: Win Tickets To See Sir Matthew Bourne’s SWAN LAKE at The Lowry

Matthew Bourne's SWAN LAKE at Royal Theatre Plymouth.

Matthew Bourne’s SWAN LAKE at Royal Theatre Plymouth. Photo Credit: Johan Persson

Win tickets to see Sir Matthew Bourne’s SWAN LAKE at The Lowry

Sir Matthew Bourne makes a welcome return to Salford’s The Lowry with his exciting re-imagining of SWAN LAKE and Frankly My Dear UK is giving away two tickets to one lucky reader.

Retaining many of the iconic elements of the original production, the innovative and contemporary piece replaces the female corps-de-ballet with a menacing male ensemble,...

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