Northern Soul

Author: Alfred Searls

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The Last Days of Troy

May 19, 2014 Comments Off

Simon Armitage’s The Last Days of Troy at Manchester’s Royal Exchange is the stuff that dreams are made of.

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Day of Song2 (Lauren Fielder, Benjamin Lewis, Joanna Norman, Kang Wang with pianist Roderick Barrand) credit Paul Cliff

A Day of Song

May 2, 2014 Comments Off

The Royal Northern College of Music is an ambitious institution.

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The Prison of Art: the Dutch, the Nazis and the Monuments Men

March 23, 2014 Comments Off

This is a story about art and how it was that two very different governments – the totalitarian Nazis and the liberal post war Dutch – came to imprison it, and for very different reasons.

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Last and First Men

Last and First Men: a pioneering work of science fiction

March 11, 2014 Comments Off

There are few books as original and daring as Olaf Stapledon’s Last and First Men.

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The Seagull: gently savage and compelling theatre

February 26, 2014 Comments Off

I’ve long suspected that a significant proportion of actors have a secret masochistic streak in them.

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Lord of the World

The Father of Dystopia: R H Benson and The Lord of the World

January 16, 2014 Comments Off

This year sees the 100th anniversary of the death of Robert Hugh Benson at the tragically early age of 43.

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Manchester Museum

In the Vault of the Mummies at Manchester Museum

December 5, 2013 Comments Off

Some places imprint themselves upon your consciousness, that strange relatively inexplicable netherworld of neurons and dreams.

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The Bridgewater

The Hallé Goes to War

November 19, 2013 Comments Off

The Hallé went to war earlier this month but thankfully both audience and orchestra survived to tell the tale.

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Charlie Chaplin

Modern Times

November 2, 2013 Comments Off

In 1936 Charlie Chaplin made a film that is today regarded as a cinematic masterpiece.

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The Hallé and Shostakovich…the Power and the Glory

October 13, 2013 Comments Off

Earlier this month the Hallé opened its 155th season. It would be reasonable to expect that the orchestra, one of the undoubted cultural crown jewels of Manchester, wanted to start things off with a bang, so to speak.

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