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Emily

The Suffering of a Suffragette

July 4, 2013 Comments Off on The Suffering of a Suffragette

For a man who won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Composer’s Award aged 17, composer and director Tim Benjamin is a charming and modest man.

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Birdsong

A Song That Needs To Be Heard

July 2, 2013 Comments Off on A Song That Needs To Be Heard

For months after I read Sebastian Faulks’ novel Birdsong, I was haunted by feelings of claustrophobia. His retelling of the horrors experienced by the tunnellers during the First World War stayed with me to the extent that I have never felt ready to re-read the book.

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Katie Robinson & Michael White, The Man Who Woke Up Dead

Theatre in Mind and Body

July 2, 2013 Comments Off on Theatre in Mind and Body

Theatre means different things to different people. Of course there is some common ground, upon which we all meet, and the individual perspective should always be open to change; nevertheless we are creatures of habit, and one of mine is to seek out the theatre of ideas.

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The Time Machine

Defying the Arrow of Time

June 29, 2013 Comments Off on Defying the Arrow of Time

There can be few places as profoundly lonely as the stage in a one man production.

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Greater Manchester Fringe Festival

The Greater Manchester Fringe Festival

June 29, 2013 Comments Off on The Greater Manchester Fringe Festival

One of the criticisms of the Manchester International Festival is that it doesn’t include any of the region’s innovative and homegrown talent. By contrast, the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival is very much about local talent, as well as a sprinkling of the already mildly famous.

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The Shop of Little Horrors

The Shop of Little Horrors at The Met, Bury

June 23, 2013 Comments Off on The Shop of Little Horrors at The Met, Bury

I know I’m not on my own when I say that I’ve always found puppets scary. I trace it back to watching a black and white film from 1945 called Dead of Night.

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Hayfever

Hayfever at the Oldham Coliseum

June 23, 2013 Comments Off on Hayfever at the Oldham Coliseum

I really wish I liked Noel Coward.

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Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Rocky Horror Show at The Palace, Manchester

June 18, 2013 Comments Off on The Rocky Horror Show at The Palace, Manchester

If I was going to dress up as any character in The Rocky Horror Show, I always thought it would be Magenta. For many years we shared the same style: a back-combed mop, too much eye make-up, fish nets. All I really had to do was find a French maid’s outfit.

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Manchester Sound The Massacre

Manchester Sound: The Massacre

June 12, 2013 Comments Off on Manchester Sound: The Massacre

On a muggy evening in central Manchester, I found myself in the uncomfortable position of confronting the ghosts of my past. And I’m sure I wasn’t the only one experiencing unnerving flashbacks to a time when acid house, poppers and day-glow were part of everyday life.

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The Birthday Party

The Birthday Party at The Royal Exchange, Manchester

June 11, 2013 Comments Off on The Birthday Party at The Royal Exchange, Manchester

When you think of Harold Pinter‘s plays, what comes to mind? The Pinter Pause? Naturally. Dysfunctional relationships? Probably. Brutal dialogue? Maybe. But what about humour? Last night, at the Royal Exchange’s production of The Birthday Party, I was reminded of how funny Pinter could be.

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