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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Arundhati Roy credit Mayank Austen Soofi

Review: Arundhati Roy, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

June 19, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Arundhati Roy, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

As an undergraduate at Manchester Metropolitan University (many moons ago) I opted for the intriguingly titled Modern Gothic module. It was here that I stumbled across 1997 Booker Prize-winning The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, the story of twins Rahel and Estha growing up in the politically turbulent state of Kerala in the 1960s.

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The True History of The Tragic Life and Triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana, the Ugliest Woman in the World

Win tickets to The Ugliest Woman in the World/All I Want is One Night at Hope Mill Theatre

June 13, 2017 Comments Off on Win tickets to The Ugliest Woman in the World/All I Want is One Night at Hope Mill Theatre

Northern Soul has teamed up with the Watershed Productions to offer readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to not one, but two brilliant plays showing at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre at the beginning of July.

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Operation Black Antler

Review: Operation Black Antler, HOME, Manchester

June 12, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Operation Black Antler, HOME, Manchester

I never learn that ‘immersive theatre’ is simply fancy-speak for ‘audience participation’.

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PWEI image by Chris Payne

Review and Photo Gallery: Gigantic Vol. 4, Manchester Academy

June 12, 2017 Comments Off on Review and Photo Gallery: Gigantic Vol. 4, Manchester Academy

The fourth Gigantic Indie All-Dayer at Manchester Academy was an opportunity for indie kids of wildly differing ages to wallow in over eight hours of 80s and 90s nostalgia.

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The Gin Society

Win a bottle of gin, Fentimans mixers and tickets to The Gin Society Festival, Bury

June 12, 2017 Comments Off on Win a bottle of gin, Fentimans mixers and tickets to The Gin Society Festival, Bury

The Gin Society Festival is coming to Bury for the first time

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After the Storm directed by Hirokazu Koreeda, 2016

Film Review: After the Storm

June 8, 2017 Comments Off on Film Review: After the Storm

In any given cinematic year, there’s an unpredictable, uneven batch of releases.

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Erasure

Review: Erasure, Albert Hall, Manchester

June 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Erasure, Albert Hall, Manchester

Erasure have a loyal following. I mean a really loyal following.

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Persuasion, Royal Exchange, Manchester Photo Credit: Johan Persson/

Review: Persuasion, Royal Exchange, Manchester

June 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Persuasion, Royal Exchange, Manchester

There’s a line in this show that encapsulates both the successes and challenges of the production.

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George Caple, Zelina Rebeiro & Elliott Kingsley in Romeo & Juliet, photo by Gary Calton

Review: Romeo and Juliet, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

June 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Romeo and Juliet, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

For the final show of the five productions in its revival season, the Liverpool Everyman Company has played it safe with Romeo and Juliet. Except that it hasn’t, quite,

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Rose, by Martin Sherman

Review: Rose, HOME, Manchester

June 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Rose, HOME, Manchester

Rose is by Martin Sherman, a playwright who’s perhaps best-known for his Pulitzer Prize-nominated play Bent exploring the persecution of homosexuals during the Holocaust.

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