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Laura Main as Princess Fiona and Steffan Harri as Shrek. Shrek the Musical. Credit Helen Maybanks

Review: Shrek The Musical, Palace Theatre, Manchester

January 19, 2018 No Comments

For me, musical theatre is what chocolate is to other people: a guaranteed pick-me-up.

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Adventures In Egypt, The Atkinson

Adventures in Egypt: The Atkinson’s Egyptologist Tom Hardwick talks to Northern Soul

January 18, 2018 No Comments

Ask someone this: what is the first thing that enters their mind when someone mentions women in the Victorian era?

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Painting the North: The Ten of Us, Saddleworth Museum and Art Gallery

January 18, 2018 No Comments

In the ninth instalment of Painting the North, Ant Cosgrove, the man behind The Northern Art Page on Facebook, shares striking works of art, sketches and drawings from around The North of England. As the weeks progress, Ant will bring you his image of the week from the popular social media page.

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Review: The Manchester Project, HOME, Manchester

January 16, 2018 No Comments

This is the sort of piece for which the word ‘vignette’ was invented.

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Contact Young Company - She Bangs The Drums - image by Benji Reid - Museum of Science & Industry

Centenary of Female Suffrage: how is Manchester marking the anniversary?

January 16, 2018 No Comments

2018 is a significant year for Manchester. The birthplace of the suffragette movement, founded by Emmeline Pankhurst in 1903 at her family home just off Oxford Road, the city holds a prominent – and proud – place in political history.

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What’s on in January: Comedy in Manchester

January 3, 2018 Comments Off on What’s on in January: Comedy in Manchester

Skint? Doing dry January? Still trying to figure out what to do with the fright of a jumper your grannie/uncle/the au pair/the kids’ lollipop lady bought you for Christmas?

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Detectorists: small-scale, low-key and utterly perfect

December 31, 2017 Comments Off on Detectorists: small-scale, low-key and utterly perfect

In a year when pure joy has generally been in short supply, the third series of the BBC sitcom Detectorists has been a cultural highlight.

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The cast of ELF The Musical 2017. Credit: James Everett Photography

Fancy a festive show? Look no further than our Christmas theatre round-up

December 19, 2017 Comments Off on Fancy a festive show? Look no further than our Christmas theatre round-up

It’s been a busy – and chilly – December at Northern Soul Towers. In the name of Christmas, our writers have travelled across the North of England to review the best of yuletide theatre.

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Northern Brass Bands and Christmas Carols: a Victorian tradition in the 21st century

December 19, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Brass Bands and Christmas Carols: a Victorian tradition in the 21st century

As Christmas approaches, the streets are alive with the sound of brass bands playing carols.

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Film Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

December 18, 2017 Comments Off on Film Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Just two Christmasses ago, the prospect of a new Star Wars film felt like a gob-smacking novelty.

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