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Monthly Archives: May 2013

The Travelling Band

The Travelling Band at The Castle, Manchester

May 22, 2013 Comments Off on The Travelling Band at The Castle, Manchester

If you like your Manchester bands playing their gigs in intimate venues while being served with real ale by cheery bar staff in one of Manchester’s hippest areas, then I think I just stole your perfect night.

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The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby at The Cornerhouse, Manchester

May 22, 2013 Comments Off on The Great Gatsby at The Cornerhouse, Manchester

The Cornerhouse is a most appropriate setting for the opening of The Great Gatsby. The building, resembling a petite version of the Flatiron in New York, somehow feels like part of a forgotten era, reminiscent of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s comment on high society, with its tumultuous decadence and doomed love affairs.

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The Enough Project

The Enough Project – preview

May 18, 2013 Comments Off on The Enough Project – preview

I’ll come clean right now, cut to the chase, no dilly-dallying. I have a girl crush on Cathy Crabb.

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Nod

An infinite universe of possibility

May 18, 2013 Comments Off on An infinite universe of possibility

First, there is the thrill of being shortlisted. Then, months of media speculation teasing hopes and fears, toying with a career’s turning point.

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North Wales Holiday Photos

North Wales Holiday Photos at The Font, Chorlton

May 18, 2013 Comments Off on North Wales Holiday Photos at The Font, Chorlton

As an inner-city Mancunian child of the 70s, the end of the school year meant three things to me: no homework for a couple of months, getting shouted at for popping tar bubbles in the street and the annual pilgrimage to North Wales.

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Brilliant Adventures

Brilliant Adventures, Royal Exchange Studio, Manchester

May 18, 2013 Comments Off on Brilliant Adventures, Royal Exchange Studio, Manchester

As I was heading to the Royal Exchange Theatre studio in Manchester (where I watched my first play ever, as a nine-year-old) I kept thinking about the subject matter of Brilliant Adventures.

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Platero Y Yo

Platero Y Yo at The Met, Bury

May 18, 2013 Comments Off on Platero Y Yo at The Met, Bury

I love any opportunity to go to The Met in Bury. It’s a beautiful Victorian building, slap-bang in the centre of town, built in the 1840s in the neo-classical style.

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Corn Exchange - frontage

Crafty Exchange at the Corn Exchange, Manchester

May 16, 2013 Comments Off on Crafty Exchange at the Corn Exchange, Manchester

I don’t know about you but I have very fond memories of the Corn Exchange. As a teenager, the heady mix of incense, vinyl and creaking floorboards was almost too much to bear.

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PRIMOS

Instituto Cervantes, Manchester

May 16, 2013 Comments Off on Instituto Cervantes, Manchester

Outside of Cornerhouse’s commendable Viva! season for a couple of weeks every year, and the occasional output of international stars like Almodovar, there’s generally very little chance to see even the best and most popular Spanish films in Manchester.

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The Ultimate Form

The Ultimate Form at The Hepworth, Wakefield

May 16, 2013 Comments Off on The Ultimate Form at The Hepworth, Wakefield

I couldn’t make the actual performance of Linder Sterling’s The Ultimate Form at The Hepworth in Wakefield last Saturday as my daughter was making her debut at a professional theatre in our home town, some distance away.

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