12 February 2015
Reviewed by Colin Rogers
As a Bradshaw fan from since I was young when I used to listen to them on the radio and also on tape cassette I was thrilled to see they were coming to The Lowry in Salford Quays, Manchester.
I brought along my stepfather who is also a fan as he used to listen to them with me. We arrived with half an hour to spare so we went to the bar before entering the theatre it was a little expensive but this was expected and in probably on par with other theatres.
We then entered the theatre which was packed out with people of ages from 30-60+. On the seat was a sheet of paper with instructions from the boy himself (Billy Bradshaw) on how to make a paper aeroplane from it and on the stage was a target for people to aim at with their paper planes, it was madness with the amount of planes flying about but was fun, bringing back every ones youth.
The show started with a robotic Billy Bradshaw driving a race car up and down the stage speaking to the audience in real time, then his mum and dad appeared and they was real actors miming to the word that Buzz Hawkins was saying off a recording of some sort. but to our surprise Buzz Hawkins was actually there as he came out after the first act and spoke to the audience and got them involved in some singing and telling us about how the Bradshaws was invented.
Then there was other acts from the Bradshaws and more from Buzz, but it did seem to drag on for a while and not too much of Billy, it was more about Alf and Audrey but it was all good to see my boyhood favourites live on stage and I am on the verge to try and get the collection on CD to listen to again.
The Bradshaws are now on tour with Goosed. For more information and tour dates visit www.thebradshaws.biz.
For other shows at The Lowry visit www.thelowry.com.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000