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Review: The Father, Oldham Coliseum

June 21, 2017 No Comments

Old age is not for sissies, as Bette Davis famously said, but it was a relatively rare commodity until recently.

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Ship Canal, Barton Lock and Bridge, by Colin Taylor

Painting the North: Ship Canal, Lock and Bridge by Colin Taylor

June 19, 2017 No Comments

In the first of a new series entitled Painting the North, Ant Cosgrove, the man behind The Northern Art Page on Facebook, will be sharing striking works of art, sketches and drawings from around The North.

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The Dukes new Artistic Director, Sarah Punshon

Sarah Punshon, the new artistic director of The Dukes in Lancaster, talks diversity and a disregard for boundaries

June 19, 2017 No Comments

“It’s hard to put me in a box because my career has been so varied, which makes me a great match for The Dukes,” says Sarah Punshon, the new artistic director of the Lancaster venue

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Operation Black Antler

Review: Operation Black Antler, HOME, Manchester

June 12, 2017 No Comments

I never learn that ‘immersive theatre’ is simply fancy-speak for ‘audience participation’.

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After the Storm directed by Hirokazu Koreeda, 2016

Film Review: After the Storm

June 8, 2017 Comments Off on Film Review: After the Storm

In any given cinematic year, there’s an unpredictable, uneven batch of releases.

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Persuasion, Royal Exchange, Manchester Photo Credit: Johan Persson/

Review: Persuasion, Royal Exchange, Manchester

June 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Persuasion, Royal Exchange, Manchester

There’s a line in this show that encapsulates both the successes and challenges of the production.

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George Caple, Zelina Rebeiro & Elliott Kingsley in Romeo & Juliet, photo by Gary Calton

Review: Romeo and Juliet, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

June 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Romeo and Juliet, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

For the final show of the five productions in its revival season, the Liverpool Everyman Company has played it safe with Romeo and Juliet. Except that it hasn’t, quite,

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Rose, by Martin Sherman

Review: Rose, HOME, Manchester

June 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Rose, HOME, Manchester

Rose is by Martin Sherman, a playwright who’s perhaps best-known for his Pulitzer Prize-nominated play Bent exploring the persecution of homosexuals during the Holocaust.

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Marshmallow Feast

Review: IRIS and Tim Peaks Diner, The Lowry, Salford

June 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: IRIS and Tim Peaks Diner, The Lowry, Salford

I’d enjoyed a cool and heady journey on my way to the taster event for The Lowry’s biennial Week 53 festival.

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Marcel Lucont

What’s on in June: Comedy in Manchester

June 7, 2017 Comments Off on What’s on in June: Comedy in Manchester

Manchester, you did us proud last month. You deserve a laugh. So, get down to the comedy love-in this June.

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