Northern Soul

Author: Kevin Bourke

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Review: The Secret Seven, Storyhouse, Chester

December 14, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Secret Seven, Storyhouse, Chester

Somewhat surprisingly, this is the first time the estate of Enid Blyton has authorised an adaptation of the very English adventures of The Secret Seven.

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Emily Barker

Sweet Kind of Blue: acclaimed musician Emily Barker talks to Northern Soul

December 9, 2017 Comments Off on Sweet Kind of Blue: acclaimed musician Emily Barker talks to Northern Soul

Early one cold and rainy February morning last year, Australian musician and Northern Soul favourite Emily Barker woke up in Nashville and got in her car for a journey to Memphis.

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Review: Guys and Dolls, Royal Exchange, Manchester

December 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Guys and Dolls, Royal Exchange, Manchester

Widely regarded as one of the finest Broadway musicals of all time, this co-production between the Royal Exchange and Talawa Theatre Company of the great Guys and Dolls, first performed in 1950 and revived many times since, is notable for being the first in the UK to feature an all-black cast.

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Review: BE//LONGING, Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

November 1, 2017 Comments Off on Review: BE//LONGING, Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Manchester Theatre Award-winning collective Take Back Theatre, set up by actress Julie Hesmondhalgh, writer Rebekah (Becx) Harrison and visual artist Grant Archer in October 2015 as “an artistic response to the politics of austerity” has proved to be an astonishing Northern powerhouse of political theatre in its two years of life.

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The Wipers Times

Theatre, war and a satirical newspaper: Ian Hislop and Nick Newman talk about The Wipers Times

October 23, 2017 Comments Off on Theatre, war and a satirical newspaper: Ian Hislop and Nick Newman talk about The Wipers Times

The Wipers Times, coming to Manchester Opera House at the end of October, tells the extraordinary true story of a satirical newspaper created in the midst of the mud and murderous mayhem of the Somme at the height of the First World War.

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Review: Richard Thompson, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker, The Lowry, Salford

October 23, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Richard Thompson, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker, The Lowry, Salford

You may well have read our recent interview with David Agnew, director of the Manchester Folk Festival, where he talked about the exciting state of folk and acoustic music these days.

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“This festival is about celebrating the range of great music described as folk.” David Agnew, director of Manchester Folk Festival

October 17, 2017 Comments Off on “This festival is about celebrating the range of great music described as folk.” David Agnew, director of Manchester Folk Festival

For several years, the Homegrown festival at Bury Met, with its associated Folk Expo industry event, has been one of the most significant dates on the international folk and roots music calendar.

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Edward And Eliza and the Smashing of the Van, Hope Mill Theatre

Review: Edward And Eliza and the Smashing of the Van, Hope Mill Theatre

October 11, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Edward And Eliza and the Smashing of the Van, Hope Mill Theatre

Written by Rochdale-born Eileen Murphy to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the real events around the public hanging of the so-called ‘Manchester Martyrs’, this touring play from a new Rochdale-based company manages with surprising success to humanise what Murphy rightly characterises as “a huge, tragic and complicated event” whereby the struggle for Irish independence from the British Empire was played out in an English city, with consequences both national and international.

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“When I look back at my records, I see it as like making movies or building houses.” Northern Soul talks to country music legend, Marty Stuart

October 10, 2017 Comments Off on “When I look back at my records, I see it as like making movies or building houses.” Northern Soul talks to country music legend, Marty Stuart

“I guess you could say that my mom set the standard at kind of an unattainable place,” says Marty Stuart, one of the undisputed heroes of modern country music.

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Review: People, Places & Things, HOME, Manchester

October 1, 2017 Comments Off on Review: People, Places & Things, HOME, Manchester

First off, it should probably be acknowledged that there are noticeable similarities between this rather brilliant production and the National Theatre’s The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time.

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