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Monthly Archives: February 2017

Murder, Margaret and Me, York Theatre Royal

Writer Philip Meeks talks about Miss Marple and adapting horror for the stage

February 25, 2017 Comments Off on Writer Philip Meeks talks about Miss Marple and adapting horror for the stage

In the early 1960s, two national treasures were the creative forces behind one of British cinema’s most successful franchises: the Miss Marple movies.

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Beehive, Newcastle, by Lee Stoneman

Photo Gallery: Hidden Gems in Black and White, Newcastle

February 24, 2017 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Hidden Gems in Black and White, Newcastle

North East Photographer Lee Stoneman discovers hidden gems in Newcastle and captures eye-catching images with powerful black and white photography.

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Photo Gallery: Sounds of the North

February 24, 2017 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Sounds of the North

Northern Soul‘s Head Photographer Chris Payne captures the North’s love affair with music in a series of atmospheric snaps.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Review: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, The Lowry, Salford

February 24, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, The Lowry, Salford

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show might be named exclusively after Eric Carle’s globally-famous ravenous insect, but is in fact an hour-long romp through a wider slice of the author’s imagination.

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Funny Girl image by Johan Persson

Review: Funny Girl, Palace Theatre, Manchester

February 23, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Funny Girl, Palace Theatre, Manchester

I’ve been a huge fan of Sheridan Smith since her days in Runcorn-based sitcom Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps.

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Fiddler on the Roof_Patrick Brennan_by Stephen Vaughan

Review: Fiddler on the Roof, Liverpool Everyman

February 23, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Fiddler on the Roof, Liverpool Everyman

It is perhaps appropriate that the Liverpool Everyman’s first rep company in 25 years should open their inaugural production with a rousing song called Tradition.

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Girl Gang Mancester, Bridesmaids poster

Win tickets to Girl Gang Manchester’s immersive screening of Bridesmaids

February 22, 2017 Comments Off on Win tickets to Girl Gang Manchester’s immersive screening of Bridesmaids

Win tickets to Girl Gang Manchester’s immersive screening of Bridesmaids

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Review: I Was A Wife, The Dukes, Lancaster

February 22, 2017 Comments Off on Review: I Was A Wife, The Dukes, Lancaster

The last time I saw Polly Lister on stage, she was on her way to winning a 2015 UK Theatre award for best performance in a play.

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Count Arthur Strong

Count Arthur Strong: Steve Delaney talks pantomimes, pensioners and The Sound of Mucus

February 20, 2017 Comments Off on Count Arthur Strong: Steve Delaney talks pantomimes, pensioners and The Sound of Mucus

In this age of The X Factor, The Voice and Britain’s Got Talent, it’s entirely possible to become famous overnight.

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From a Dark Place book launch, image by Kerry Hargreaves

Review: From a Dark Place: How a Family Coped with Drug Addiction, Albert Square Chop House, Manchester

February 20, 2017 Comments Off on Review: From a Dark Place: How a Family Coped with Drug Addiction, Albert Square Chop House, Manchester

Sitting in the dimly lit bar of Manchester’s Albert Square Chop House – nursing what can only be described as the world’s biggest (and most expensive at £6) gin and tonic – I wait for the launch of From a Dark Place: How A Family Coped with Drug Addiction to begin.

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