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Northern Soul chats to director Joyce Branagh about new writing, girls rugby and fighting spirit

September 9, 2017 No Comments

Director Joyce Branagh is working on what sounds like the perfect premise for an ensemble piece.

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Northern Soul chats to Duncan Craig, founder of Survivors Manchester, about breaking the silence

August 9, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul chats to Duncan Craig, founder of Survivors Manchester, about breaking the silence

Duncan Craig is one of the nicest men I have had the privilege of meeting.

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Northern Soul chats to the brains behind Storyhouse, Chester’s new arts centre

June 28, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul chats to the brains behind Storyhouse, Chester’s new arts centre

By chance I found myself sitting next to Sam Dixon, the leader of Chester Council, at The Beggar’s Opera, the official opening performance for the city’s spanking new arts centre Storyhouse.

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Painting the North: Ship Canal, Lock and Bridge by Colin Taylor

June 19, 2017 Comments Off on Painting the North: Ship Canal, Lock and Bridge by Colin Taylor

In the first of a new series entitled Painting the North, Ant Cosgrove, the man behind The Northern Art Page on Facebook, will be sharing striking works of art, sketches and drawings from around The North.

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One night, one city-wide social: Northern Soul experiences Manchester After Hours

June 6, 2017 Comments Off on One night, one city-wide social: Northern Soul experiences Manchester After Hours

It’s Thursday night and I’m taking myself out on the town.

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Wild Rumpus: doing things differently on the festival scene

April 19, 2017 Comments Off on Wild Rumpus: doing things differently on the festival scene

Sarah Bird, co-director of festival producer Wild Rumpus, shares the philosophy behind seven Northern festivals and how they are doing things differently through collaboration.

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What is the City but the People? Manchester International Festival 2017

March 17, 2017 Comments Off on What is the City but the People? Manchester International Festival 2017

Google maps does not recognise Mayfield. According to the internet, the abandoned railway depot near Piccadilly station doesn’t exist.

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Review: The Hobbit, Williamson Park, Lancaster

July 19, 2016 Comments Off on Review: The Hobbit, Williamson Park, Lancaster

I never did read The Hobbit. Our village library had a copy but getting hold of it was about as easy as, well, stealing dragon’s treasure.

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Review: Die Walkure at The Lowry and Wether at HOME, Manchester

July 5, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Die Walkure at The Lowry and Wether at HOME, Manchester

As you can imagine, there’s been a right old ding-dong here in the offices of OperaWatch at Northern Soul Towers.

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Preview: we talk to Howard Jacobson and the team behind The Mighty Walzer

July 5, 2016 Comments Off on Preview: we talk to Howard Jacobson and the team behind The Mighty Walzer

“Why it was that every Jewish boy growing up in Manchester in the 50s played table tennis with some degree of competence I can’t explain,” observes award-winning comic writer Howard Jacobson.

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