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Monthly Archives: September 2013

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Daniel Kitson branches out

September 21, 2013 Comments Off on Daniel Kitson branches out

Daniel Kitson has made an art of taking the unconventional route. As a stand-up, he’s largely given TV and radio the swerve.

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Marianna Benedict, Helen Power

Windy City revival is a winner

September 21, 2013 Comments Off on Windy City revival is a winner

Instead of hiring a soap star, Oldham Coliseum took the bold step of recruiting an ensemble cast of unknowns for the first revival of Chicago in a decade – and the gamble paid off.

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The Write Way

The Write Way

September 17, 2013 Comments Off on The Write Way

It all started with an email that went something like this:

“hey krn do we need 2 bring any stuff wiv us tomoz for cls”.

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Saltaire – the model village

September 17, 2013 Comments Off on Saltaire – the model village

When Victorian entrepreneur Sir Titus Salt created a model village in Saltaire for his mill workers he could never have imagined it would become a UNESCO World Heritage Site, putting it up there with the pyramids of Giza.

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Scandi Crime Fiction Comes To Manchester

September 16, 2013 Comments Off on Scandi Crime Fiction Comes To Manchester

Jo Nesbø strides into a packed Manchester Town Hall Banqueting room looking as cool as the Johnny Cash of crime writing.

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Laugh Local Comes Of Age

September 14, 2013 Comments Off on Laugh Local Comes Of Age

Laugh Local, the funny younger brother of Bop Local, has been a strictly South Manchester affair since the first one was staged in November 2012. Until now.

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THERE HAS POSSIBLY BEEN AN INCIDENT at Latitude Festival. (7) Photo - Richard Lakos

There Has Possibly Been An Incident

September 13, 2013 Comments Off on There Has Possibly Been An Incident

Conflict between characters makes for entertaining viewing in any medium. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Royal Exchange’s There Has Possibly Been An Incident.

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Roxie and Velma come to Oldham

September 13, 2013 Comments Off on Roxie and Velma come to Oldham

The movie of Bob Fosse’s Broadway epic Chicago picked up numerous Oscars and the live version has toured endlessly with, to my mind, a series of soap actors blunting its cynical edge. 

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Ode to Noir

September 13, 2013 Comments Off on Ode to Noir

Now we’ve seen the back of that unexpectedly decent summer, it’s time for the nights to start drawing in and the heating to go back on. Autumn, as Keats once pointed out, is a season of mists.

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My Darling Clementine

My Darling Clementine: Sheffield meets Memphis

September 12, 2013 Comments Off on My Darling Clementine: Sheffield meets Memphis

Back in the 60s, the likes of George Jones & Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton & Porter Waggoner, as well as Johnny Cash & June Carter would take fascinated listeners behind closed doors for songs of love and hate, betrayal, regret, anger, guilt, revenge and hurt.

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