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Author: Kevin Bourke

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Theatre Review: Bat out of Hell, Manchester Opera House

March 17, 2017 No Comments

Part of the strange charm of the original Bat Out Of Hell recording has always been that it was unashamedly grandiose and knowingly absurd, and that, lyrically and presentation-wise, it was also pretty funny.

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Review: Meat Pie, Sausage Roll, Oldham Coliseum

March 10, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Meat Pie, Sausage Roll, Oldham Coliseum

Anyone who knows me should be well aware that pretty much the extent of my interest, let alone prowess, in sport consists of being South London triple jump champion for about five minutes when I was 10-years-old.

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Murder, Margaret and Me, York Theatre Royal

Writer Philip Meeks talks about Miss Marple and adapting horror for the stage

February 25, 2017 Comments Off on Writer Philip Meeks talks about Miss Marple and adapting horror for the stage

In the early 1960s, two national treasures were the creative forces behind one of British cinema’s most successful franchises: the Miss Marple movies.

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Stage Around set to build 360-degree theatre in Liverpool regeneration project

February 7, 2017 Comments Off on Stage Around set to build 360-degree theatre in Liverpool regeneration project

Liverpool is to become home to the UK’s first revolving 360-degree Stage-Around Theatre as part of a multi-million pound programme to attract creative businesses to the Ten Streets district regeneration project.

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Playwright and songwriter Lizzie Nunnery talks to Northern Soul

February 3, 2017 Comments Off on Playwright and songwriter Lizzie Nunnery talks to Northern Soul

Inspired by stories of her grandfather’s time in the Navy during World War Two and other tales from naval veterans, Narvik, the new play with songs produced by Manchester-based theatre company Box of Tricks, is just one of a whole host of projects this year penned by the award-winning Liverpool-based playwright and songwriter Lizzie Nunnery.

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Review: Narvik, HOME, Manchester

February 3, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Narvik, HOME, Manchester

“This is a basement, a ship, an attic room, the coast of Norway, the Arctic…water is on the ground.”

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Emma Beattie (Judy), Scott Reid (Christopher Boone) NT Curious Incident Tour 2017. Photo by BrinkhoffM+Âgenburg

Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Lowry, Salford

January 27, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Lowry, Salford

Over the past few years, The Lowry has become the spiritual home of this fiendishly clever and entertaining adaptation by Stockport-born writer Simon Stephens of Mark Haddon’s best-selling book, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

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Eliza Collins & Scott Reid (Christopher Boone) NT Curious Incident Tour 2017. Photo by BrinkhoffM+Âgenburg

Playwright Simon Stephens talks about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

January 25, 2017 Comments Off on Playwright Simon Stephens talks about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Manchester and the North have always had a close relationship with the National Theatre’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

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Review: The Red Shoes, The Lowry, Salford

December 1, 2016 Comments Off on Review: The Red Shoes, The Lowry, Salford

You’ve got to love Matthew (now Sir Matthew) Bourne, haven’t you?

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RSC director Christopher Luscombe talks to Northern Soul

November 25, 2016 Comments Off on RSC director Christopher Luscombe talks to Northern Soul

When the Royal Shakespeare Company’s pairing of Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing (also known as Love’s Labour’s Won) arrives at Manchester Opera House, director Christopher Luscombe is hopeful that not only will there be a repeat of the Chichester Festival success but also his directorial triumph at the same venue recently with the rather different Rocky Horror Show.

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