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Review: Funny Girl, Palace Theatre, Manchester

February 23, 2017 No Comments

I’ve been a huge fan of Sheridan Smith since her days in Runcorn-based sitcom Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps.

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Count Arthur Strong

Count Arthur Strong: Steve Delaney talks pantomimes, pensioners and The Sound of Mucus

February 20, 2017 No Comments

In this age of The X Factor, The Voice and Britain’s Got Talent, it’s entirely possible to become famous overnight.

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Review: From a Dark Place: How a Family Coped with Drug Addiction, Albert Square Chop House, Manchester

February 20, 2017 No Comments

Sitting in the dimly lit bar of Manchester’s Albert Square Chop House – nursing what can only be described as the world’s biggest (and most expensive at £6) gin and tonic – I wait for the launch of From a Dark Place: How A Family Coped with Drug Addiction to begin.

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Something Better: comedian Josie Long talks to Northern Soul

February 20, 2017 Comments Off on Something Better: comedian Josie Long talks to Northern Soul

During the early 1940s, America folk singer Woody Guthrie had a stark message emblazoned upon his guitar: ‘This machine kills fascists‘.

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Mind on the Run -The Basil Kirchin Story (c) Anna Bean

Mind on the Run: The Basil Kirchin Story, Hull 2017, Capital of Culture

February 17, 2017 No Comments

Standing on Sydney Harbour at the dawn of the 1960s, Basil Kirchin experienced a tragic, life-changing epiphany.

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Getting ready for rep with Liverpool Everyman

February 14, 2017 No Comments

There’s an unmistakeable air of expectation at Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre these days.

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Andrew McLain who plays John , image by Lee Baxter 

Review: Hidden, The Horsfall, Ancoats, Manchester

February 7, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Hidden, The Horsfall, Ancoats, Manchester

I am infuriatingly punctual. I can’t bear tardiness which means I’m usually left standing outside in the cold, or at the bar, waiting for others to show up.

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Mark Thomas talks class, comedy and The Red Shed with Northern Soul

February 5, 2017 Comments Off on Mark Thomas talks class, comedy and The Red Shed with Northern Soul

Wakefield Labour Club is a 47-foot long wooden hut near the city centre which was formerly an army barracks.

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Roger McGough and Little Machine

Review: Roger McGough, Brian Patten and Little Machine, Liverpool Playhouse

February 3, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Roger McGough, Brian Patten and Little Machine, Liverpool Playhouse

It’s a long time since I’ve seen anyone wearing a snake belt, but when the poet Roger McGough takes to the Liverpool Playhouse stage wearing just such an accessory, it turns out to be merely the first disarming sensory flashback of my night.

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Avert your eyes, I’m a feminist

February 3, 2017 Comments Off on Avert your eyes, I’m a feminist

Feminism. Only recently have I become aware of the sheer terror this word can inflict on people.

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