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Monthly Archives: May 2013

Ladies' Day

Ladies’ Day, Oldham Coliseum

May 16, 2013 Comments Off on Ladies’ Day, Oldham Coliseum

To summarise: Ladies’ Day is a comedy drama about a gang of fish factory workers from Hull on a day at the races. It wasn’t any old race event, rather it was a specific day – the day Royal Ascot came to York Races in 2005.

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Sutra

Sutra, The Lowry

May 16, 2013 Comments Off on Sutra, The Lowry

The Lowry‘s Lyric theatre is packed on this dreary Tuesday. Dance is usually quite well attended here in the North West, with school groups, dance students and theatre-types, but tonight there is a real mixed bag in the auditorium, which is a thrill to see.

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Ramsons

Ramsons, bear’s garlic, wild garlic…

May 13, 2013 Comments Off on Ramsons, bear’s garlic, wild garlic…

Ramsons Pesto and Chicken Kiev

CHEF TONY SAYS: A short distance from my home town of Bury is the beautiful town of Ramsbottom where a plant called ‘ramsons’ grows in abundance.

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Pizza Express, Bury

Pizza Express, Bury

May 12, 2013 Comments Off on Pizza Express, Bury

Pizza Express may serve Italian food but its ubiquity makes it feel as British as fish and chips. With 400 restaurants across the UK, each claiming to be unique, you don’t have to go far to find a restaurant. But how good is this pizza stalwart at accommodating families? Chef Tony finds out.

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EMMYLOU HARRIS & RODNEY CROWELL 2013 (credit David McLister)

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

May 11, 2013 Comments Off on Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

If you’re going to kick off your set with a couple of the best-known tunes from Americana’s patron saint Gram Parsons and follow them with a version of the hallowed Townes Van Zandt’s Pancho And Lefty, then you’ve got to know you’ve set the bar pretty high for your own stuff.

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A Doll's House

A Doll’s House at The Royal Exchange, Manchester

May 8, 2013 Comments Off on A Doll’s House at The Royal Exchange, Manchester

There is a brilliant cast in this production of A Doll’s House at the Royal Exchange. The type of cast dynamic that makes me think – are those occasional tables really necessary?

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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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I Was A Rat!

I Was A Rat! at The Lowry, Salford

May 8, 2013 Comments Off on I Was A Rat! at The Lowry, Salford

This adaptation of Philip Pullman’s 1999 children’s novel I Was A Rat! at The Lowry is a charming, thought provoking and visually stunning production.

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Yuri Gagarin

Red star in Manchester

May 7, 2013 Comments Off on Red star in Manchester

It is 7.10am on April 12, 1961. Major Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin of the Soviet Air Force climbs into the tiny capsule a-top of the nascent soviet spacecraft, Vostok 1. Gagarin, the son of a carpenter and a milkmaid, is a volunteer who knows that many in his country’s space programme privately think he has no more than a 50 per cent chance of surviving this mission.

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Martine McDonagh

After Phoenix

May 7, 2013 Comments Off on After Phoenix

After the success of her first novel, I Have Waited, and You Have Come, a troubling account of the impact of rising sea levels on a northern English county, author Martine McDonagh (who, by the by, once managed legendary Manchester band James) has gone back in time to the England of early 1974 in After Phoenix, a heart-warming tale of family unity and the conquering of grief.

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