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Monthly Archives: January 2014

Hobson's Choice by Harold Brighouse. Photo credit Ian Tilton (8)

Hobson’s Choice at Bolton Octagon

January 30, 2014 Comments Off on Hobson’s Choice at Bolton Octagon

Bolton’s latest nod to all-things Northern comes in the classic Brighouse tale, Hobson’s Choice. Set in Salford, Lancashire at the turn of last century, Harold Brighouse’s play has been his enduring legacy.

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Cirque Berserk

January 29, 2014 Comments Off on Cirque Berserk

Ah, the circus. The big top, the floor strewn with straw, the hard, wobbly benches, the clowns and trapeze artist, the strong man, the lions, tigers and bears, oh my!

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Emily Portman talks Womenfolk with Northern Soul

January 29, 2014 Comments Off on Emily Portman talks Womenfolk with Northern Soul

I can’t sing a note. Not one. It’s one of the myriad of reasons why I avoid karaoke like the plague.

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The Prince of the Pagodas Momoko Hirata as Princess Belle Sakura and Joseph Caley as the Salamander Prince photo Richard Battye (2)

Salamanders and Princesses: the Artistic Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet talks to Northern Soul

January 29, 2014 Comments Off on Salamanders and Princesses: the Artistic Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet talks to Northern Soul

If you had to name a composition by Benjamin Britten, I’m betting that The Prince of the Pagodas wouldn’t be your first choice.

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The Northern Soul Podcast

January 26, 2014 Comments Off on The Northern Soul Podcast

It’s Sunday night which means it’s time for the Northern Soul Podcast.

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Welcome to the Jumble Drome

January 25, 2014 Comments Off on Welcome to the Jumble Drome

I was simply following Garry’s advice. I showed up, queued up, paid up and wandered in.

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Flying the Nest: Chris Honer talks to Northern Soul

January 22, 2014 Comments Off on Flying the Nest: Chris Honer talks to Northern Soul

Back in 2010, Chris Honer and the Library Theatre had to migrate because Manchester’s Central Library was closing for a colossal refurbishment.

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The Pride

January 21, 2014 Comments Off on The Pride

Having picked up a number of awards during its run in London, Alexi Kaye Campbell’s play is part of a concerted attempt by theatre owners Ambassador Theatre Group to break the stranglehold of big-budget extravaganzas and feel-good musicals in theatres like theirs, reintroducing ‘proper’ drama alongside the big shows.

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One Hand Clapping at the re:play Festival

January 21, 2014 Comments Off on One Hand Clapping at the re:play Festival

An adaptation of the Anthony Burgess novel of the same name, One Hand Clapping is the story of Janet and Howard Shirley’s marriage in the increasingly consumerist Britain of the 1960s.

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Byker Books: The Best of British

January 20, 2014 Comments Off on Byker Books: The Best of British

When you hear the phrase ‘Best of British’ what does it make you think?

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