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Author: Chris Wallis

Review: Partition, West Yorkshire Playhouse

September 13, 2017 No Comments

“Nothing in his life became him like the leaving it.” So says Malcolm of the Thane of Cawdor in Macbeth. If only the same could be said of Great Britain abandoning its Empire.

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Review: Rita, Sue and Bob Too, Bolton Octagon

September 13, 2017 No Comments

It’s 1982 and Margaret Thatcher is just getting into her stride.

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Northern Soul chats to the brains behind Clown Fest about parody and performance

July 26, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul chats to the brains behind Clown Fest about parody and performance

Mark Winstanley and Alice Robinson are a right pair of clowns. Everyone who knows them says so.

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Review: Cotton Panic! at Manchester International Festival

July 12, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Cotton Panic! at Manchester International Festival

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 Comments Off on Review: Treasure Island, The Dukes, Williamson Park, Lancaster

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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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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