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Uncle Vanya production pic 10 (5654) - credit Jonathan Keenan

Review: Uncle Vanya, HOME, Manchester

November 10, 2017 No Comments

You dream of this kind of night at the theatre, the kind of night where the magical formula of script, staging and performance puts you through the emotional mangle before imprinting itself forever upon your memory.

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David Evans - Winter - (from the Mixed Winter Exhibition @ Colourfield Gallery)

Painting the North: Art Exhibitions in November

November 6, 2017 No Comments

Ant Cosgrove, the man behind The Northern Art Page on Facebook, shares his round-up of must-see exhibitions in the North of England during November.

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Ginnel in Dublin with blue lights courtesy of Melissa Buckler Smith.

Photo Gallery: GinnelWatch – time to show us your ginnels!

November 6, 2017 No Comments

We love a good ginnel at Northern Soul. But, depending on where you’re from, there are all sorts of words for what essentially amounts to an alleyway, including jennel, snicket, vennel, gennel, jitty and jetty.

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The Bay Horse Tavern, image by Jody Hartley

Review: The Bay Horse Tavern, Northern Quarter, Manchester

November 1, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Bay Horse Tavern, Northern Quarter, Manchester

Just under a decade ago, Housemate and I used to frequent three Manchester pubs (if I said most days after work, you’d judge us, right?).

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Sir Mark close up with the Halle in background.

Music instead of muddle: The Hallé and Shostakovich Symphony No.4, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

November 1, 2017 Comments Off on Music instead of muddle: The Hallé and Shostakovich Symphony No.4, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Somehow, the Hallé Orchestra’s Beyond the Score series slipped under my radar.

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Refugee and asylum seeking women together with Women for Refugee Women staff, Marchu Girma and Natasha Walter (image credit Aliya Mirza )

“Everyone deserves to feel safe.” Natasha Walter, director of Women for Refugee Women

October 30, 2017 Comments Off on “Everyone deserves to feel safe.” Natasha Walter, director of Women for Refugee Women

Have you ever really thought about what happens when people are forced to cross borders to seek safety?

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Slava's Snow Show

Review: Slava’s Snow Show, The Lowry, Salford

October 30, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Slava’s Snow Show, The Lowry, Salford

The real low point was the person in the seat behind sneezing on the back of my neck. 

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The Enchantment of Chester Zoo, image by Chris Payne

Photo Gallery: The Enchantment of Chester Zoo

October 30, 2017 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: The Enchantment of Chester Zoo

The animals at the zoo have been put under a sleeping enchantment, and only you can help break the spell.

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Edinburgh ginnel

Photo Gallery: GinnelWatch – time to show us your ginnels!

October 27, 2017 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: GinnelWatch – time to show us your ginnels!

We love a good ginnel at Northern Soul. But, depending on where you’re from, there are all sorts of words for what essentially amounts to an alleyway, including jennel, snicket, vennel, gennel, jitty and jetty.

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Maggie Bain in Man to Man. A Wales Millennium Centre production. Photo - Polly Thomas

Review: Man to Man, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

October 26, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Man to Man, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Sometimes it happens that certain playwrights have a ‘moment’, a period during which their work suddenly taps into the creative consciousness bubbling just beneath our feet and causes multiple dramatic fountains to burst through.

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