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Author: Cathy Crabb

Julie Hesmondhalgh talks Broadchurch, Brexit and the importance of theatre

April 17, 2017 No Comments

It’s the final episode of Broadchuch tonight. If like Northern Soul you’ve been gripped by the last series of this superlative drama, that’s due in no small part to Julie Hesmondhalgh’s gripping portrayal of a rape victim.

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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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Be Strong, Live Happy and Love: 350 years of Paradise Lost at The Portico Library, Manchester

January 18, 2017 Comments Off on Be Strong, Live Happy and Love: 350 years of Paradise Lost at The Portico Library, Manchester

This year marks the 350th anniversary of John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost, the story of the fall of Satan and the destruction of Paradise. With this in mind, Manchester’s Portico Library is staging an inspiring and enlightening exhibition.

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Strictly Ballroom The Musical

Review: Strictly Ballroom: The Musical, West Yorkshire Playhouse

December 8, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Strictly Ballroom: The Musical, West Yorkshire Playhouse

I’ve loved Baz Luhrmann for a very long time. He makes the magical possible because he made Moulin Rouge. That’s how to spend a budget and give the cinema-goer value for money.

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Review: The Shawkshank Redemption, The Lowry, Salford

September 8, 2016 Comments Off on Review: The Shawkshank Redemption, The Lowry, Salford

I thought of a new word yesterday while watching the The Shawshank Redemption at The Lowry: solvation.

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Jackie the Musical

Review: Jackie The Musical, Opera House, Manchester

May 21, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Jackie The Musical, Opera House, Manchester

Jackie The Musical re-opens old wounds and places a plaster on your broken heart. 

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Back to the Future II

Manchester Science Festival: Sci-Fi and STEM Fems

November 3, 2015 Comments Off on Manchester Science Festival: Sci-Fi and STEM Fems

The Manchester Science Festival is like an experiment in itself, bringing together different elements and seeing how they react.

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Loud and Proud: the Rochdale Literature Festival

October 20, 2015 Comments Off on Loud and Proud: the Rochdale Literature Festival

“‘Shhh, it’s a library’ is so yester-year,” Punam Ramchurn, director of the Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival, tells Northern Soul. “We have music gigs, computer classes, children’s sing-a-longs.”

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Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After: an article for children (5+)

September 12, 2015 Comments Off on Happily Ever After: an article for children (5+)

Happily Ever After by Action Transport Theatre: an article for children (5+) by Northern Soul’s Cathy Crabb

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Phil Selway and Guy Garvey

Review: Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour, Manchester Central Library

September 8, 2015 Comments Off on Review: Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour, Manchester Central Library

At the beginning of his live broadcast from Manchester’s Central Library for BBC 6 Music, Elbow’s Guy Garvey told a story about walking past the building with his Grandad.

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