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Monthly Archives: October 2016

Review: The Ockerbys on Ice, The Dukes, Lancaster

October 13, 2016 Comments Off on Review: The Ockerbys on Ice, The Dukes, Lancaster

The title’s a teaser. Has departing Dukes director Joe Sumsion gone the full Rick Wakeman in his final production and decided that what an everyday story of Northern folk needs is a touch of Las Vegas, Frozen-style?

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Black Grape by Chris Payne

Photo Gallery: British Sound Project, Victoria Warehouse, Manchester

October 13, 2016 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: British Sound Project, Victoria Warehouse, Manchester

The British Sound Project at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse boasted a heavyweight (and somewhat nostalgic) bill, as well as a second stage showcasing some of the North West’s best up and coming bands. 

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Manchester Utd by Chris Payne

In praise of the beautiful game – and its legions of supporters

October 13, 2016 Comments Off on In praise of the beautiful game – and its legions of supporters

“I have to say I’m involved in a sport that I love and an industry that at times I don’t like.”

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Ramsbottom Festival 2016: a film by Northern Soul

October 12, 2016 Comments Off on Ramsbottom Festival 2016: a film by Northern Soul

Ah, Ramsbottom Festival. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

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Review: The Rivals, Liverpool Playhouse

October 11, 2016 Comments Off on Review: The Rivals, Liverpool Playhouse

I love a good laugh, me.

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Preview: Return to Grey Gardens, Contact Theatre, Manchester

October 10, 2016 Comments Off on Preview: Return to Grey Gardens, Contact Theatre, Manchester

So, I’m pretty excited right now. There’s a new show coming to town which features fabulous drag queens and pays homage to my favourite documentary of all time. Welcome to Return to Grey Gardens.

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Liam McClair

What does it take to make it in the arts and the music industry? Northern Soul investigates

October 10, 2016 Comments Off on What does it take to make it in the arts and the music industry? Northern Soul investigates

As Fame‘s tough love dance teacher Lydia Grant so aptly put it at the start of the classic TV show: “Fame costs and right here’s where you start paying…in sweat!”

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The Flying Scotsman by Chris Payne

Brew North: East Lancashire Railway’s Rail Ale Tour

October 6, 2016 Comments Off on Brew North: East Lancashire Railway’s Rail Ale Tour

It’s the eggy bread I’m worried about.

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A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer

Review: A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer, HOME, Manchester

October 6, 2016 Comments Off on Review: A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer, HOME, Manchester

You know, it’s been a slightly bumpy ride for HOME’s theatre department since the grand opening just over 12 months ago, including mixed reviews about their in-house shows, poor Christmas sales and critical opinions on visiting productions.

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Julian Cope by Paul Husband

Review: Ramsbottom Festival 2016, Lancashire

October 3, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Ramsbottom Festival 2016, Lancashire

Several years ago, I schlepped from festival to festival with my performance poet boyfriend who was performing at each one. My memory is one of wet tents, horrid Portaloos and fairly awful poetry.

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