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Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Whitaker

By The People, For The People: The Whitaker

November 13, 2013 Comments Off on By The People, For The People: The Whitaker

Where can you see a tiger and python locked in a terrifying embrace, a baby African elephant and a genuine shrunken head? At The Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery in Rawtenstall in the heart of the Rossendale Valley.

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Eddi Reader by Chris Payne

It’s got to be…the Perfect Eddi Reader

November 13, 2013 Comments Off on It’s got to be…the Perfect Eddi Reader

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”

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Michael Nyman by Chris Payne

The Meaning of Michael Nyman

November 8, 2013 Comments Off on The Meaning of Michael Nyman

As Michael Nyman silently took his place at the piano stool, any notion of an amiable saunter through the composer’s back-catalogue with cosy anecdotes about Peter Greenaway or Jane Campion had already been dispelled.

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Talking to the Bard

November 6, 2013 Comments Off on Talking to the Bard

“Screw your courage to the sticking place…” Geoffrey Lovelock talks to Manchester-based actor and director Wyllie Longmore about his career and his new production of Macbeth.

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Walking the plank with Peter Grimes

November 6, 2013 Comments Off on Walking the plank with Peter Grimes

On a bleak and blustery autumnal evening, I set out from my home port of the Cornerhouse bar to venture westward to Salford to see the imagined Suffolk fishing village of Aldeburgh and the tragic tale of fisherman Peter Grimes.

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David Birrell as Sweeney Todd (left) and Don Gallagher as Judge Turpin in SWEENEY TODD (Royal Exchange Theatre until 30 Novmeber

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

November 6, 2013 Comments Off on Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Not long into the first half of Sweeney Todd, my stomach rumbled and I realised the folly of failing to have any tea before the show. Nearly three hours of the Demon Barber of Fleet Street lay ahead, much of which is set in Mrs Lovett’s pie shop.

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Charlie Chaplin

Modern Times

November 2, 2013 Comments Off on Modern Times

In 1936 Charlie Chaplin made a film that is today regarded as a cinematic masterpiece.

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Swapping Sides

November 2, 2013 Comments Off on Swapping Sides

By day Nick Ahad is the long-serving theatre critic of the Yorkshire Post. By night he is directing A Muslamic Love Story, which he has also written.

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