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Monthly Archives: September 2019

Shelagh Delaney

Tastes of Honey: Shelagh Delaney biographer Selina Todd talks to Northern Soul

September 20, 2019 No Comments

In April 1958, London-based theatre director Joan Littlewood received a package in the post from 19-year-old Shelagh Delaney of Duchy Road, Salford.

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“I write the books that shout loudest in my head.” Northern Soul talks to crime author Val McDermid

September 20, 2019 No Comments

If you were to set a murder mystery in Harrogate then its crime writing festival would offer the perfect setting for a puckish postmodern whodunnit.

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MACBETH by Shakespeare, , Writer - William Shakespeare, Director - Christopher Haydon, DESIGNER - Oli Townsend, LIGHTING DESIGNER - Colin Grenfell, The Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester, Manchester, 2019, Credit: Johan Persson/

Theatre Review: Macbeth, Royal Exchange, Manchester

September 19, 2019 No Comments

I grew up in Shakespeare’s Country (Stratford-upon-Avon to be precise) so I should be used to The Bard going on a bit.

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9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL. Amber Davies 'Judy Burnly' (2). Photo Pamela Raith

Theatre Review: 9 to 5 The Musical, Palace Theatre, Manchester

September 18, 2019 No Comments

I am a Dolly Parton superfan.

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Count Arthur Strong

“I think kids like to see an old bloke behaving disgracefully.” Steve Delaney talks Twitter, telly and being Count Arthur Strong

September 16, 2019 No Comments

Back in July, Steve Delaney’s Twitter feed lit up, as it tends to from time to time, with another wave of the rolling debate about which version of his character Count Arthur Strong is the best.

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Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2019 launch, Bistrotheque

Review: Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2019 launch, Bistrotheque

September 16, 2019 No Comments

On my way to the launch of Manchester’s 22nd Food & Drink Festival, I ponder whether Manchester could become the Lyon of the North.

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Three Little Words Bar

Food and Drink Review: Three Little Words, Manchester

September 16, 2019 No Comments

There was a time when Watson Street was the preserve of garages and mechanics, a through road for MOTs and traffic avoiding the gridlock on Deansgate.

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Dragon detail. Photo by Martin Cook

Picture Gallery: Dudley Edwards, I’ve Got Rhythm, RedHouse Originals Gallery, Harrogate

September 16, 2019 No Comments

A new exhibition is coming to RedHouse Originals Gallery in Harrogate that’s guaranteed to get you moving.

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Manchester Art Fair 2018

Win a pair of tickets to the exclusive preview evening of Aviva Investors Manchester Art Fair

September 16, 2019 No Comments

Win a pair of tickets to the exclusive preview evening of Aviva Investors Manchester Art Fair.

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Review: The Range, Spinningfields, Manchester

September 14, 2019 No Comments

Picture the scene: a luxury indoor golf club with five state-of-the-art simulators, the choice of more than 80 of the world’s top golf courses with built-in swing analysis, multiple settings including wind direction, real time weather, different tees, altitude, temperature…the list goes on.

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