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Comedy Review: Dara O’Briain VOICE OF REASON – The Lowry, Salford

Dara OBriain Voice of Reason

With VOICE OF REASON, Dara O’Briain delivers yet another universally humorous show, littered with intelligent observations and a crowd-pleasing climax

Arguably one of the most recognisable and popular faces of UK comedy circuit today, Dara O’Briain is one of the busiest touring comedians at the moment...

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Comedy Review: Dylan Moran – DR COSMOS – The Lowry, Salford

Dylan Morris Dr Cosmos Tour

Dylan Moran offers his unique take on love, politics, misery and the everyday absurdities of life in his latest show DR COSMOS

If you want to know how Dylan Moran copes with life and all its little infuriating injustices, then Dr Cosmos is the show for you! Moran’s observations on the philosophical questions, the meaning of life, how the internet has changed the world we live in as we knew it then and know it now, couples and just how weird and quite frankly, just how ridiculous they are.

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Theatre Review: Kathleen Turner FINDING MY VOICE – The Lowry, Salford

Kathleen Turner FINDING MY VOICE

Hollywood legend Kathleen Turner shares stories from her career with songs from the American Songbook in FINDING MY VOICE

To say I was excited to watch Kathleen Turner, one of my childhood movie icons, perform a solo show in such an intimate setting as The Lowry‘s Quays Theatre is a mammoth understatement...

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Smart, sassy and super funny, Katherine Ryan's GLITTER ROOM is a feel-good feminist tour

Katherine Ryan GLITTER ROOM

Katherine Ryan offers a hilarious insight into her life as a single, working mum in her new show GLITTER ROOM

It’s rare, but it happens, sometimes the warm-up act is just as good as the headliner. Whilst waiting for Katherine Ryan to take to the stage at The Lowry, we were treated to a short but intensely funny set by Alison Smith, a fellow Canadian and old time friend of Ryan’s, who now lives in Manchester.

From the off, Smith connected with the audience, explaining that she’s no fool and...

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Phill Jupitus JUPLICITY Review: A thoroughly enjoyable gig with its fair share of laugh-out-loud moments

Phil Jupitus 2018 Tour

From poetry and music, to conversation and comedy, Phill Jupitus latest show JUPLICITY certainly has it all

Fans battled through an actual blizzard on St. Paddy’s night to see Phill Jupitus perform his show JUPLICITY at The Lowry

Already sat comfortably with his back to us on stage, Phill is listening to Elvis Costello’s ARMED FORCES as if at home in his own Scottish living room. As the audience filters in, it is clear straight away that the show’s format is going to be an unusual one.

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Theatre Review: NINA – A STORY ABOUT ME AND NINA SIMONE – The Lowry, Salford

Josette Bushell-Mingo in NINA - A STORY ABOUT ME AND NINA SIMONE

NINA – A STORY ABOUT ME AND NINA SIMONE is a searing and soulful piece of theatre from Josette Bushell-Mingo

Having previously toured in the UK and Sweden in 2017, the British Arts Council has supported a returning 2018 UK tour of NINA – A STORY ABOUT ME AND NINA SIMONE, a hard hitting one woman show strengthened with an incredibly talented three piece Jazz band underscoring the piece.

Josette Bushell-Mingo is a UK London born actress now based in Sweden...

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Comedy Review: Margaret Cho – FRESH OFF THE BLOAT – The Lowry, Salford

Margaret Cho: Fresh Off the Bloat

Margaret Cho is back and more outspoken than ever in her new show FRESH OFF THE BLOAT

She’s back, fresh off the bloat and fresh out of an 18 month stint in rehab following a surprise intervention by family and friends to which, having been told it was an impromptu birthday party, she brought wine!

Her time convalescing whilst in rehab was obviously spent working on new material and given the current political climate, Trump administration and sexual assault allegation revelations coming out a...

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Comedy Review: Eddie Izzard – BELIEVE ME, The Lowry, Salford

Eddie Izzard BELIEVE ME Tour

Comedian, actor, activist and Eddie Izzard brings his new memoir BELIEVE ME to the stage

As Eddie Izzard’s new memoir BELIEVE ME hits the book stands, the stand-up comedian, actor, writer and political activist opened his national book tour at The Lowry last night. The venue was crammed to the rafters and everyone that had purchased ticket also received a signed copy of ‘Believe Me’ completely gratis, thanks Eddie!

Comedian, actor, activist and staunch labour supporter despite his boardi...

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Theatre Review: The Mighty Walzer – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

The Mighty Walzer Royal Exchange Theatre

Elliot Levey as Oliver Walzer in THE MIGHTY WALZER at Royal Exchange Theatre. Photo: Jonathan Keenan

THE MIGHTY WALZER is a fresh and modern adaption of a great comic novel

Howard Jacobson’s semi-autobiographical comic novel THE MIGHTY WALZER, has been adapted into a new stage adaptation directed by Jonathan Humphreys.

Written by Jacobson in Australia in the 1990s, THE MIGHTY WALZER is a riotous Manchester tale of growing up, sex and ping pong...

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Theatre Review: BIRD – Royal Exchange, Manchester

BIRD at Royal Exchange Theatre

BIRD is an extremely bold play with excellent cast performances

BIRD, the winner of a Judges award in the 2013 Bruntwood Prize for playwriting, premiered at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre last night. Welsh writer Katherine Chandler brings us the story of Ava and Tash, two best friends fighting their way through the care system with only each other as support.

Ava (Georgia Henshaw), about to turn sixteen on the cusp of adulthood and about to become homeless, after three years of seperati...

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