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Monthly Archives: December 2016

La vie parisienne, RNCM

Review: La Vie Parisienne, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

December 14, 2016 Comments Off on Review: La Vie Parisienne, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

As I sat in the bar at Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music sipping my pre-opera gin, my eye was drawn to a stunning vision of a young Parisian woman in a revealing corset, fishnet tights and courtesan ankle boots.

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Review: Aladdin, Epstein Theatre, Liverpool

December 14, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Aladdin, Epstein Theatre, Liverpool

It’s not often that I feel like a High Court judge, but as I peruse the Aladdin cast list at Liverpool’s cosy Epstein Theatre, I experience the same sense of disconnection from popular culture that occasionally afflicts m’learned friends.

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Dream darlings: The Slow Show talks to Northern Soul

December 12, 2016 Comments Off on Dream darlings: The Slow Show talks to Northern Soul

It gladdens the heart when a band from your own neck of the woods does well. And so it’s a treat to see how well Manchester band The Slow Show is doing.

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Review: The Christmas Menu at Don Giovanni, Manchester

December 12, 2016 Comments Off on Review: The Christmas Menu at Don Giovanni, Manchester

Don Giovanni has become quite the Manchester institution. Established in 1984 and now situated on Oxford Street just up the road from Central Library, it’s the city’s longest-serving Italian restaurant.

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Review: Cinderella, York Theatre Royal

December 12, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Cinderella, York Theatre Royal

York Theatre Royal’s annual Christmas show has become more than just a pantomime – it’s akin to a real-life soap opera.

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Review: Underneath a Magical Moon, Waterside Arts Centre, Sale

December 10, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Underneath a Magical Moon, Waterside Arts Centre, Sale

Peter Pan is a tale that comes with strong associations of Christmas. It’s right up there on the (very) short list of all-time classic panto staples.

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Review: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Lowry, Salford

December 10, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Lowry, Salford

A year ago, I reviewed this production at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

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Strictly Ballroom The Musical

Review: Strictly Ballroom: The Musical, West Yorkshire Playhouse

December 8, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Strictly Ballroom: The Musical, West Yorkshire Playhouse

I’ve loved Baz Luhrmann for a very long time. He makes the magical possible because he made Moulin Rouge. That’s how to spend a budget and give the cinema-goer value for money.

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The Northern Soul Podcast: Christmas horror stories

December 8, 2016 Comments Off on The Northern Soul Podcast: Christmas horror stories
Christmas Eve ghost stories used to be as important a festive tradition as a mince pie.
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Constellations: Northern Soul explores the new displays at Tate Liverpool

December 3, 2016 Comments Off on Constellations: Northern Soul explores the new displays at Tate Liverpool

As we journey around our digital world, we are well used to following links and making connections between subjects that we might not otherwise have explored. For those of us who are fatally inquisitive, even if just as a means to procrastinate, this endless hop, skip and jump from subject to subject has its dangers.

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