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  • Writer's pictureSTEVE COOKE AATA

Fisherman’s Friends; the musical. the Lowry 27 September-Saturday 1 October

Review by Steve Griffiths

This is the ultimate feel-good musical. Songs that you can sing along to but with lyrics that hit the spot. A hard dancing group of musicians and actors. But with the added spice that the story is true ; though some of the details may be a little red herringish.

I can’t do better than quote the blurb because it says it all.

The principal cast of Fisherman’s Friends features former Corrie actor James Gaddas

Parisa Shahmir (The Last Ship, MAMMA MIA!), Robert Duncan (Drop the Dead Donkey, Casualty, Where the Heart Is), Susan Penhaligon (Bouquet of Barbed Wire, Emmerdale, Of Mice and Men) and Anton Stephans (The X Factor, Smokey Joe's Cafe).

Robert Duncan says the story has universal appeal. “Some of the things in it are peculiarly Cornish but the idea of how the landscape shapes people is true wherever you go. Plus, it’s about community and getting through things together, which is now more relevant than ever.”

Duncan believes audiences around the country are going to love the songs in the show. “The acappella group, which I feel privileged to be a part of, creates such a strong sound and it touches people. There’s a lot of emotion in this play, we also have the folk band

who are so talented they can play anything. They become a part of the community on stage,

The Lowry knows its audience and how to satisfy them. A good heart-warming story; loads of action and a good cast. Forget your stereotype of a bearded lump cupping their hand to their ears. The musicians deliver clearly and with purpose. Go see and come out chanteying .

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