There was a genuine buzz, as I took my seat in The Quays Theatre at The Lowry tonight, and no it wasn’t the speakers, it an expectant audience, ready for an evening of musical mirth with Ben Reynolds, Will Collier, Mark Brown, Joe Auckland, Ed Sheldrake and Alex Horne, aka The Horne Section. The quirky and cool jazz and soul music that was blaring through the speakers set the mood for tonight’s entertainment.
I love how ballet and opera has become far more accessible in more recent years, we are seeing much larger, bolder productions than before; with other companies productions pushing those boundaries further and further, most recently with Casanova at the Lowry earlier this year which turned the standard format on its head.
It’s always exciting to see new companies performing original work. However, I was left scratching my head after witnessing R Kid’s production of ‘Angels with Dirty Accents’. The main problem is the plot, it is incredibly hard to follow.
Self-styled time-travelers and magicians, the enthusiastic Mr Morgan and the irascible Mr West are indeed all-round spiffing chaps.
Bringing the panache of the Victorian parlor to the Lowry, their 60-minute one-act show “Morgan and West: More Magic for Kids” is a raucous, rollicking ride, full of good old-fashioned humor and traditional trickery.
A small and quietly spoken man, in a black and grey harlequin suit, stands at a lectern, telling a story about an elderly man who soiled himself on a plane. This might not sound like the most exciting night out but, in the hands of a master humorist like David Sedaris, the evening is not only laugh out loud funny, but utterly human.
I'm a sucker for a good old fashioned murder mystery. 'Murder at Warrabah House' (presented by Manchester based 'Truly Outrageous Productions') is an unusual take on this - firstly, it's set in Australia so it's not quite the usual English country manor location. Secondly, there is only one actor, Rebecca Derrick.
The one question on my lips tonight upon leaving the Lowry after watching The Addams Family is why hasn’t this show been seen on the major UK stage before. Countless amateur versions of the show have been performed across the country and now thankfully Katy Lipson, Aria Entertainment and Music & Lyrics Limited decided to bring this fun family show to the UK, and what a superb decision that was.
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