Northern Soul

Author: Emma Yates-Badley

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Review: The Almighty Sometimes, Royal Exchange, Manchester

February 16, 2018 No Comments

Every so often, a piece of theatre comes along that leaves you astounded.

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“Fuck them.” Women respond to the #MeToo backlash

February 13, 2018 No Comments

When I think of the Suffragettes, I think of the women who endured physical and sexual violence as punishment for their perceived crimes, those who carried out hunger strikes and, in some cases, died in the name of gender equality.

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Review: Will Varley, Club Academy, Manchester

February 8, 2018 No Comments

Few musicians can capture – and critique – what it means to be human as beautifully and articulately as folk singer-songwriter Will Varley.

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“Did you know some cats are allergic to humans?” Northern Soul chats to singer-songwriter Will Varley

February 3, 2018 Comments Off on “Did you know some cats are allergic to humans?” Northern Soul chats to singer-songwriter Will Varley

Will Varley has a history of talking to Northern Soul about cats.

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Review: The ToyBoy Diaries, Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

January 27, 2018 Comments Off on Review: The ToyBoy Diaries, Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Despite the team behind Hope Mill winning twice at last year’s Northern Soul Awards (Small Theatre of the Year and Fringe Production of the Year), I’d still not visited this Manchester theatre. It was time to put that right.

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Review: Shrek The Musical, Palace Theatre, Manchester

January 19, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Shrek The Musical, Palace Theatre, Manchester

For me, musical theatre is what chocolate is to other people: a guaranteed pick-me-up.

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Review: Mackie Mayor, Manchester

January 18, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Mackie Mayor, Manchester

It’s bloody hard to find Mackie Mayor.

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Centenary of Female Suffrage: how is Manchester marking the anniversary?

January 16, 2018 Comments Off on Centenary of Female Suffrage: how is Manchester marking the anniversary?

2018 is a significant year for Manchester. The birthplace of the suffragette movement, founded by Emmeline Pankhurst in 1903 at her family home just off Oxford Road, the city holds a prominent – and proud – place in political history.

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Review: Hot Brown Honey, HOME, Manchester

December 17, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Hot Brown Honey, HOME, Manchester

I love Christmas but, even as a self-confessed fan-girl of all things yuletide, I need a break from the host of festive shows currently doing the rounds.

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Review: Dick Whittington, Manchester Opera House

December 14, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Dick Whittington, Manchester Opera House

When I announced to the folks at Northern Soul Towers that I’d never been to a pantomime, they looked at me like I had two heads.

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