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Review: War Horse @ The Lowry – Mancunian Matters

In Leeds and Manchester Local News Contributions, Theatre Reviews on December 8, 2013 at 9:08 pm

As we prepare to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War – ‘the war to end all wars’ – War Horse proves a fitting reminder of the tragedies that continue to rage today.

image_5Michael Morpurgo’s classic novel, retold by Steven Spielberg in the Hollywood box office sensation in 2011, tells the simple tale of a boy and his horse who become entwined in the history and politics of their time.

But Nick Stafford’s stage adaptation in association with Handspring Puppet Company, rejuvenates this story in a visual feast for the audience. Read the rest of this entry »

Live Review: Laura Marling @ at The Lowry – Notion Magazine

In Magazine Contributions, Music Reviews on October 1, 2013 at 10:30 am

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She takes to the stage in what appears to be a frilly Victorian nightgown. She dissolves into the dress, white on white, the porcelain English rose – with red Converse on underneath.

The age-old truism that appearances are deceptive certainly stands true with Laura Marling. She is a fierce, dark, elusive performer. She enjoys silence, but is not quiet. She is private but reveals deeply melodic secrets.

Laura Marling is growing up. She first appeared on the Jools Holland show in 2007 at the tender age of 17. The Ophelia-style get-up is somewhat different to her first stage outfit comprised of a Spice Girls t-shirt and a look of utter terror.

This performance is a portrait of the artist as a young lady. She now stands tall and proud, singing up into the mic, Gallagher-style. She no longer avoids eye-contact, but altogether eschews it, looking up and singing to her musical muses in a trance.

The 23-year-old is touring with her fourth album, Once I was an Eagle. It is her third to be nominated for the Mercury Prize and this year she is competing against the likes of Bowie and Arctic Monkeys. Read the rest of this entry »

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