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Monthly Archives: April 2019

Kingdom 10 - photo by Vicenç Viaplana

Theatre Review: Kingdom, HOME, Manchester

April 15, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Kingdom, HOME, Manchester

Barcelona-based theatre company Señor Serrano, contributing to the theatre element of this year’s year’s ¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival 2019 at Manchester’s HOME, create what they call “cinema-in-real-time”, in this case using a live-feed camera, keyboard, guitar, microphones, drum kit, amplification and a huge number of smaller props carefully arranged across three large tables, as well as a willingness to show off their manly bodies.

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RET WestSideStory. Gabriela Garcia (Maria) & Andy Coxon (Tony) - image Richard Davenport of The Other Richard

Theatre Review: West Side Story, Royal Exchange, Manchester

April 15, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: West Side Story, Royal Exchange, Manchester

West Side Story, conceived and nursed through a troubled birth in the 1950s by the powerhouse team of Jerome Robbins, Arthur Laurents and Leonard Bernstein with a bit of help from a youthful Stephen Sondheim, changed the face of musical theatre.

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Review: Mark Thomas – Check Up: The NHS at 70, The Playhouse, Liverpool

April 15, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Mark Thomas – Check Up: The NHS at 70, The Playhouse, Liverpool

I was worried about this one.

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Longborough Festival Opera is a 500-seat theatre set in the scenic Cotswolds. The 2019 Festival runs from June 5 to Aug 3, and includes Wagner's Das Rheingold, Donizetti's Anna Bolena and Mozart's Don Giovanni. We're delighted to be handling the ad sales for this event. @lfotweet

Manchester’s markets: “Finding out about the heritage of places helps people to strengthen their connections to where they live.”

April 14, 2019 Comments Off on Manchester’s markets: “Finding out about the heritage of places helps people to strengthen their connections to where they live.”

In the past, daily and weekly markets were routinely held in towns and villages up and down the country. Fast forward to 2019 and it’s a different picture.

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Frank Randle. Credit: Phil Williams.

Great Northerners: Frank Randle

April 13, 2019 Comments Off on Great Northerners: Frank Randle

In this series, we celebrate Great Northerners. For Northern Soul‘s Desmond Bullen, it’s comedian and actor Frank Randle. Who gets your vote?

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Banksy, Football Terrorist 2001 Spray enamel paint on wood Image courtesy Andipa London © The Artist

Review: Football Is Art, National Football Museum, Manchester

April 13, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Football Is Art, National Football Museum, Manchester

Up front you’ve got the prolific yet elusive Banksy alongside striking partner Pablo ‘Bend It Like’ Picasso.

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Copyright: ESL. Credit: Joe Brady

More than a game: the esports juggernaut rolls into Manchester

April 13, 2019 Comments Off on More than a game: the esports juggernaut rolls into Manchester

In the last few years, gaming as a spectator sport has become something of a phenomenon, from YouTubers earning lucrative sponsorship deals broadcasting their gaming exploits to the explosion in professional tournaments and leagues collectively known as esports.

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The Pilgrim’s Progress - Ralph Vaughan Williams - Royal Northern College of Music - 31 March 2019Conductor - David ParryDirector - Jonathan CockerDesigner - Bob BaileyLighting - Ian Sommerville

Opera Review: The Pilgrim’s Progress, Ralph Vaughan Williams, RNCM

April 10, 2019 Comments Off on Opera Review: The Pilgrim’s Progress, Ralph Vaughan Williams, RNCM

At OperaWatch we always look forward to an invitation to the latest student production at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM).

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Six year old Hussein accidently wandered into a minefield going to pick wild asparagus. Miraculously he made it out alive by retracing his steps. Credit Sean Sutton.

Photo gallery: Photographer Sean Sutton’s work for landmine charity MAG

April 8, 2019 Comments Off on Photo gallery: Photographer Sean Sutton’s work for landmine charity MAG

On International Landmine Awareness Day (April 4), landmine clearance charity Mines Advisory Group (MAG), which has its international HQ in Manchester, launched a Home Safe Home fundraising appeal to help families affected by landmines and unexploded bombs across the Middle East.

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Chris Rhodes, Sweet Debris

Photo Gallery: Sweet Debris, Waterside, Sale

April 8, 2019 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Sweet Debris, Waterside, Sale

Sweet Debris is a group exhibition featuring new and existing photographs and objects by four rising early career artists whose work searches for meaning and beauty among the detritus of modern life.

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