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Monthly Archives: April 2013

Abigail's Party

Abigail’s Party at The Lowry, Salford

April 30, 2013 Comments Off on Abigail’s Party at The Lowry, Salford

Last night I stepped back into my childhood when I walked into The Lowry’s Lyric Theatre with my mum to watch Abigail’s Party, which has been revived 36 years after Mike Leigh’s play was first performed.

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Michelangelo Drawing Blood

Michelangelo Drawing Blood, RNCM, Manchester

April 29, 2013 Comments Off on Michelangelo Drawing Blood, RNCM, Manchester

Of all the arts, contemporary dance is perhaps the most abstract and least understood.

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Don’t Shoot the Messenger! Mikron Theatre, Huddersfield

April 29, 2013 Comments Off on Don’t Shoot the Messenger! Mikron Theatre, Huddersfield

Mikron Theatre is celebrating its 42nd year. Based in Marsden, near Huddersfield, the theatre tours on a narrowboat in the summer and by road in the autumn.The company has performed in every kind of venue from pubs and village halls to the inside of a tunnel.

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Ray Winstone

A Midlander’s odyssey from South to North West

April 28, 2013 Comments Off on A Midlander’s odyssey from South to North West

There was one aspect of moving to Manchester that came as a complete surprise to me: the difficulty in spending any significant length of time without hearing the dulcet tones of Ray Winstone.

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Pig Iron by Benjamin Myers

The literary loop

April 26, 2013 Comments Off on The literary loop

It’s a view that is widely held: printed books are doomed and ebooks and self publishing are the only way forward. If you’re out of London well gosh, poor you, you’re in the provinces. You might as well as be on Mars.

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Temples

Temples and Drenge at Night & Day, Manchester

April 25, 2013 Comments Off on Temples and Drenge at Night & Day, Manchester

When ‘The Chief’ speaks, the Manchester masses normally listen. So Noel Gallagher’s recent verbal crowning of Temples as “the best new band in Britain” could perhaps at least part-explain the impressive mid-week turnout down Oldham Street for an otherwise relatively unknown duo of bands.

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Gorton Monastery

Gorton Monastery

April 19, 2013 Comments Off on Gorton Monastery

I grew up in the shadow of Gorton Monastery. Gorton was home to a vibrant Irish community and so the church followed the people.

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Blonde Bombshells

Blond Bombshells of 1943, Oldham Coliseum

April 18, 2013 Comments Off on Blond Bombshells of 1943, Oldham Coliseum

Blonde Bombshells of 1943 taps into the nostalgia for the Second World War with its lively and upbeat production at the newly refurbished Oldham Coliseum.

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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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Edwyn Collins

Edwyn Collins at Hebden Bridge Trades Club

April 17, 2013 Comments Off on Edwyn Collins at Hebden Bridge Trades Club

There are all sorts of reasons to celebrate why an Ivor Novello award-winning musician and record producer is playing the Hebden Bridge Trades Club.

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