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Lowry Spa

The Lowry Spa, Salford

May 8, 2013 Comments Off on The Lowry Spa, Salford

OK, you might want to be sitting down for this. Brace yourself, pour a stiff drink, get ready for some big news: heaven is in Salford.

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A scene from The Woman In Black @ Fortune Theatre. Touring Cast. (Taken 25-09-12) ©Tristram Kenton

The Woman in Black at The Lowry, Salford

May 7, 2013 Comments Off on The Woman in Black at The Lowry, Salford

When I first picked up Susan Hill’s gothic masterpiece, The Woman in Black, I was so unnerved by the novel I had to limit my reading to daylight hours. That book freaked the bejaysus out of me.

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Don Giovannis

Don Giovannis, Manchester

May 4, 2013 Comments Off on Don Giovannis, Manchester

Maybe I’m a bit jaded or maybe I’ve had too many meals that were overpriced, overcooked and, praise the lord, over quickly, but I never expect very much from city centre dining. So it’s really, really nice to be able to write a positive restaurant review about a central Manchester eaterie.

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Rutherford & Son at The Lowry, Salford

April 17, 2013 Comments Off on Rutherford & Son at The Lowry, Salford

It’s hard to be critical of a play that includes the phrase “nobbut a lad” four glorious times.

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Ricky Champ as Josef The Fool (left) and Ony Uhiara as Lizaveta in CANNIBALS by Rory Mullarkey (Royal Exchange Theatre until 27 April). Photo - Jonathan Keenan

Cannibals at the Royal Exchange

April 9, 2013 Comments Off on Cannibals at the Royal Exchange

Theatre reviewing is an odd job. For the most part, you are asked to form a response to a play within a matter of hours, leaving little time to ponder the whys and wherefores.

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The dazzle of the poplars

March 27, 2013 Comments Off on The dazzle of the poplars

Kilvert's DiaryThe Reverend Francis Kilvert should be famous. He should be celebrated as one of the greatest diarists of modern times. He should, if wishing made it so, be read widely and deeply. But the Reverend Francis Kilvert is not a household name.

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