Northern Soul

Author: Emma Yates-Badley

Review: Twelfth Night, Royal Exchange, Manchester

April 21, 2017 No Comments

As someone from Stratford-upon-Avon, I’m no stranger to Shakespeare. Walking through the quaint town centre, you can’t shake a feathered quill without bumping into a street performer bellowing lines from King Lear.

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Gusto Manchester

Review: Spring/Summer Menu, Gusto, Manchester

April 19, 2017 No Comments

When I think of Italian food, I’m met with images of pizza and luxurious pasta.

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Kate O'Donnell as Feste in Twelfth Night photo Jonathan Keenan

Subverting Shakespeare: Northern Soul chats to Kate O’Donnell about making Feste a feisty female

April 19, 2017 No Comments

I’ve never been behind the scenes at the Royal Exchange in Manchester, and so it feels peculiar to be heading for the stage door.

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The Hate U Give, Walker Books UK

The Hate U Give: Angie Thomas in conversation with Khalil West, Manchester

April 17, 2017 No Comments

At 31, I read more Young Adult fiction than texts written for grown-ups. There’s just something about the willingness to go further with the big stuff that appeals.

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James Martin

Restaurant Review: James Martin Manchester, 235 Casino

April 11, 2017 Comments Off on Restaurant Review: James Martin Manchester, 235 Casino

I have a huge crush on James Martin. I’ve spent many a hungover weekend morning watching Saturday Kitchen and scoffing scrambled eggs made with a tonne of butter.

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The Crystal Dome, The Crystal Maze Experience

Start the fans please! Northern Soul attempts The Crystal Maze

March 29, 2017 Comments Off on Start the fans please! Northern Soul attempts The Crystal Maze

Locating the entrance to The Crystal Maze Experience in Manchester is a bit like taking part in one of its infamous challenges.

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Lawrence Batley Theatre exterior

The Lawrence Batley Theatre: we go behind the scenes of a Huddersfield institution

March 24, 2017 Comments Off on The Lawrence Batley Theatre: we go behind the scenes of a Huddersfield institution

It’s snowing as I alight at Huddersfield train station.

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Review: The Witchfinder’s Sister, Waterstones Deansgate, Manchester

March 24, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Witchfinder’s Sister, Waterstones Deansgate, Manchester

There’s something about Waterstones Deansgate in Manchester. It’s the welcoming, colourful displays and the passion with which they celebrate local talent and history alongside bestsellers that makes it feel like a local bookshop.

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Manchester International Festival

What is the City but the People? Manchester International Festival 2017

March 17, 2017 Comments Off on What is the City but the People? Manchester International Festival 2017

Google maps does not recognise Mayfield. According to the internet, the abandoned railway depot near Piccadilly station doesn’t exist.

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Northern Soul attends the Wedding of the Year with Girl Gang Manchester

March 17, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul attends the Wedding of the Year with Girl Gang Manchester

Housemate and I wish there was a Tinder for mates. Preferably an app where you can sit in your PJs with no make-up and swipe right.

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