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Nancy & Beth

Review: Nancy & Beth, Palace Theatre, Manchester

April 25, 2017 No Comments

On paper, it sounds confusing. Two American women perform songs that span rap (Gucci Mane, Run DMC) country (George Jones) and tunes from classic songwriters (Joni Mitchell, Rufus Wainwright).

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Richard Bremmer as The Story Giant_©Stephen Vaughan

Review: The Story Giant, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

April 21, 2017 No Comments

You can’t escape from stories these days.

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Review: Twelfth Night, Royal Exchange, Manchester

April 21, 2017 No Comments

As someone from Stratford-upon-Avon, I’m no stranger to Shakespeare. Walking through the quaint town centre, you can’t shake a feathered quill without bumping into a street performer bellowing lines from King Lear.

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Kate O'Donnell as Feste in Twelfth Night photo Jonathan Keenan

Subverting Shakespeare: Northern Soul chats to Kate O’Donnell about making Feste a feisty female

April 19, 2017 No Comments

I’ve never been behind the scenes at the Royal Exchange in Manchester, and so it feels peculiar to be heading for the stage door.

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Review: Jane Eyre, The Lowry, Salford

April 13, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Jane Eyre, The Lowry, Salford

Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre is the original plain Jane, the poor, orphaned girl who is dealt a bad hand. If life was toast, Jane’s slipped off the plate and landed butter side down. 

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Review: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Bolton Octagon

April 7, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Bolton Octagon

I arrive at the theatre something of a Brontë virgin, having never read any of the sisters’ books (I know, you’re appalled, but I’m a child of the 60s and I did science at school and university – blame The Two Cultures).

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Review: The Conquest of the South Pole, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

April 3, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Conquest of the South Pole, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Now that the Ukrainian dust has settled on the Everyman rep company’s rousing season opener – their powerful take on Fiddler on the Roof – where is this exciting band of performers taking us next?

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Scott Salt/Wildwoods, The Brick Box

Northern Soul talks to Bradford’s Brick Box about gentrification, folklore and community arts

March 29, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul talks to Bradford’s Brick Box about gentrification, folklore and community arts

Sitting upstairs at the Forks cafe in front of the enormous window overlooking Bradford’s up-and-coming North Parade high street, Rosie Freeman is holding forth about the many attractions of her newly adopted city.

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Review: The Commitments, Palace Theatre, Manchester

March 29, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Commitments, Palace Theatre, Manchester

It’s unlike me to be picky or to sound even vaguely like a music bore, but it doesn’t reflect well on any production when the programme is full of all sorts of howlers.

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Lawrence Batley Theatre exterior

The Lawrence Batley Theatre: we go behind the scenes of a Huddersfield institution

March 24, 2017 Comments Off on The Lawrence Batley Theatre: we go behind the scenes of a Huddersfield institution

It’s snowing as I alight at Huddersfield train station.

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