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Monthly Archives: February 2018

Luo Wei, Wave Transmitter, install at CFCCA NOW show, image courtesy of on the brink studio

Review: NOW – A dialogue on female Chinese contemporary artists, CFCCA and HOME, Manchester

February 25, 2018 Comments Off on Review: NOW – A dialogue on female Chinese contemporary artists, CFCCA and HOME, Manchester

There’s an old saying in China that ‘women hold up half the sky’.

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“I think everyone’s going to say ‘wow’.” Northern Soul chats to bestselling thriller author Lee Child

February 25, 2018 Comments Off on “I think everyone’s going to say ‘wow’.” Northern Soul chats to bestselling thriller author Lee Child

With more than 100 million books sold in more than 100 publishing territories to date, it’s estimated that a Jack Reacher thriller is bought somewhere in the world every nine seconds.

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Review: The Wedding, Liverpool Playhouse

February 24, 2018 Comments Off on Review: The Wedding, Liverpool Playhouse

Three star reviews can be a cop out. I worked for one editor who unofficially banned them. They can mean fence-sitting; not-committing; bet-hedging.

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The Replacement Child

Review: The Replacement Child, Hope Mill, Manchester

February 22, 2018 Comments Off on Review: The Replacement Child, Hope Mill, Manchester

Visceral yet moving, The Replacement Child is a production that – literally in certain places – screams authenticity.

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Dean Nolan as Fred and Isabel Pollen as Laura in Brief Encounter, credit Steve Tanner

Review: Brief Encounter, The Lowry, Salford

February 22, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Brief Encounter, The Lowry, Salford

It’s 1938 and weekly shopper Laura rests her weary court shoes at the station café before the train home.

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The Newspaper Boy c. Richard Kelly

Review: The Newspaper Boy, 53Two, Manchester

February 21, 2018 Comments Off on Review: The Newspaper Boy, 53Two, Manchester

There are a handful of Corrie favourites mingling as I head to a hidden archway under the Deansgate / Castlefield Met to celebrate the launch of Manchester’s newest play.

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Syria: A Conflict Explored. General view of Syria: Story of a Conflict

Review: Syria: A Conflict Explored, Imperial War Musuem North

February 16, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Syria: A Conflict Explored, Imperial War Musuem North

It’s unusual to go more than a few days without hearing about the war in Syria, either in the news or as part of an appeal for humanitarian assistance.

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DJ Dave Booth

Want to know where Madchester really started? Legendary DJ Dave Booth talks to Northern Soul

February 16, 2018 Comments Off on Want to know where Madchester really started? Legendary DJ Dave Booth talks to Northern Soul

If you spent your youth dancing at indie clubs in Manchester during the 80s and 90s, it’s possible some of your most cherished nights out came courtesy of Dave Booth without you even knowing it.

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RET The Almighty Sometimes - Julie Hesmondhalgh (Renee) & Norah Lopez Holden (Anna) - Image Manuel Harlan

Review: The Almighty Sometimes, Royal Exchange, Manchester

February 16, 2018 Comments Off on Review: The Almighty Sometimes, Royal Exchange, Manchester

Every so often, a piece of theatre comes along that leaves you astounded.

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Mario Popham and Tom Baskeyfield, from the Flesh of Stone series

Photo Gallery: Of Flesh and Stone, HOME, Manchester

February 14, 2018 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Of Flesh and Stone, HOME, Manchester

This March, as part of the HOME Projects series, Manchester’s HOME is hosting an exhibition of new drawing from artist Tom Baskeyfield and photography from Mario Popham exploring the complex landscape of North Wales.

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