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Monthly Archives: April 2019

Northumberland, Phil Pounder

Photo Gallery: Spring in Northumberland

April 22, 2019 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Spring in Northumberland

Northern Soul’s North East Photographer Phil Pounder takes a trip to Northumberland and captures some incredible images including photos of Alnwick Castle.

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Sweeney Todd at the Everyman - Liam Tobin and Kacey Ainsworth. Photo by Marc Brenner

Theatre Review: Sweeney Todd, Everyman, Liverpool

April 22, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Sweeney Todd, Everyman, Liverpool

“I’m alive at last,” Sweeney Todd declares towards the end of act one, as he abandons his plan for targeted revenge against the judge who wronged him in favour of a throat-slitting class war against the generality of “those above”.

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Around the World in 80 Days, at the Playhouse Wed 17 Apr to Sat 20 Apr2

Theatre Review: Around the World in Eighty Days, Playhouse, Liverpool

April 19, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Around the World in Eighty Days, Playhouse, Liverpool

It is only six months since Laura Eason’s re-telling of Phileas Fogg’s circumnavigation last docked in Liverpool, and its rapid return is testament to both the bums-on-seats appeal of Jules Verne’s classic and the wit of this production, which began life at Newcastle-Under-Lyme’s New Vic Theatre back in 2013.

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Blackpool Grand, Copyright © SeanConboy.com

125-years-old and still going strong: Blackpool Grand Theatre

April 18, 2019 Comments Off on 125-years-old and still going strong: Blackpool Grand Theatre

Set back from the Golden Mile, whose sand-blasted buildings break the winds that sweep in from the Irish Sea with the fury of banshees, the Grand Theatre has weathered much in its 125 years.

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Meersbrook Hall future vision painting

Beautiful, fruitful, peaceful: discovering Ruskin in Sheffield

April 18, 2019 Comments Off on Beautiful, fruitful, peaceful: discovering Ruskin in Sheffield

Back in mid-80s Sheffield, I was heading towards A levels, my cranium crammed with a hair-gel-scented hotchpotch of concerns both large and small: reggae, The Stranglers, communism and females galore.

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Julian Bovis (foreground) Nigel Durkan (behind counter) by Carl Gibson

Art, heritage and looking to the future: the Weavers Factory opens in Uppermill

April 17, 2019 Comments Off on Art, heritage and looking to the future: the Weavers Factory opens in Uppermill

Accomplishment isn’t a steady set of milestones for those committed to a life in art.

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Water Shall Refuse Them

Book Review: Water Shall Refuse Them by Lucie McKnight Hardy

April 17, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review: Water Shall Refuse Them by Lucie McKnight Hardy
I’m a wimp. As the first to dive behind a cushion when a scary bit comes on the telly (I’ve been an embarrassment to my family ever since the Jurassic Park incident of 1993), I point-blank refuse to watch anything that can be filed under ‘horror’. But, strangely, I love me a spooky read. From Daphne du Maurier’s Don’t Look Now and Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle to Han Kang’s The Vegetarian and Jenn Ashworth’s Cold Light, I’m drawn to frightening tales penned by women and often with female characters at their core.
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FONTAINES DC, Dublin City, 2018

Music review: Fontaines D.C., Gorilla, Manchester

April 15, 2019 Comments Off on Music review: Fontaines D.C., Gorilla, Manchester

Like all great art, it inspires you to do something.

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LIFE, an exhibition by photographer Zoë Law at Salford’s The Lowry

Photo Gallery: LIFE by Zoë Law, The Lowry, Salford

April 15, 2019 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: LIFE by Zoë Law, The Lowry, Salford

Focusing on 21 people living with cancer, LIFE, an exhibition of portraits by photographer Zoë Law, seeks to raise awareness of the cancer support charity Maggie’s and highlight the support needed for people with cancer, their friends and family.

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You Brought Your Own Light, Allie Crewe

Photo Gallery: You Brought Your Own Light, Allie Crewe

April 15, 2019 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: You Brought Your Own Light, Allie Crewe

In the summer of 2018, Manchester-based photographer Allie Crewe announced her first solo exhibition of photographic portraits, sponsored by Sparkle (the national transgender charity).

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