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Author: Chris Wallis

Review: Cotton Panic! at Manchester International Festival

July 12, 2017 No Comments

Upper Campfield Market in Manchester’s Castlefield is a great space.

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All aboard for The Dukes production of Treasure Island in Williamson ParkLancaster.

Review: Treasure Island, The Dukes, Williamson Park, Lancaster

July 12, 2017 No Comments

Williamson Park in Lancaster is one of the most beautiful parks in the country.

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Review: The Father, Oldham Coliseum

June 21, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Father, Oldham Coliseum

Old age is not for sissies, as Bette Davis famously said, but it was a relatively rare commodity until recently.

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Persuasion, Royal Exchange, Manchester Photo Credit: Johan Persson/

Review: Persuasion, Royal Exchange, Manchester

June 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Persuasion, Royal Exchange, Manchester

There’s a line in this show that encapsulates both the successes and challenges of the production.

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Review: Indique, West Didsbury, Manchester

April 21, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Indique, West Didsbury, Manchester

Name your ten best Indian restaurants in Manchester. This and That for value for money and good cooking, obvs, and…actually they’re pretty much all the same.

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thinking fast and slow

The book that changed my life: Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

April 21, 2017 Comments Off on The book that changed my life: Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

I read the book that changed my life, the one I can’t stop telling people about, last year.

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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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Cyrano, West Yorkshire Playhouse

Review: Cyrano, Northern Broadsides, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

March 1, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Cyrano, Northern Broadsides, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Cyrano de Bergerac had a very big nose. So big in fact that Edmund Rostand immortalised it in his 1897 comic masterpiece, written almost 250 years after his eponymous hero’s death.

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Angel of the House, Hope Mill Theatre

Review: The Angel of the House, Hope Mill Theatre, Ancoats, Manchester

March 1, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Angel of the House, Hope Mill Theatre, Ancoats, Manchester

The Angel in the House is a popular Victorian poem – a terrible set of verse – extolling the virtues of the submissive woman who exists solely to cater for her husband’s needs.

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THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA

Review: The House of Bernarda Alba, Royal Exchange, Manchester

February 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The House of Bernarda Alba, Royal Exchange, Manchester

“It’s Middlemarch gone mad,” I heard someone say in the interval.

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