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Monthly Archives: December 2021

Twinkle and the Mechanical Light Machine, Oldham Theatre Workshop, Oldham Central Library

Review: Twinkle and the Mechanical Light Machine, Oldham Theatre Workshop, Oldham Central Library

December 16, 2021 Comments Off on Review: Twinkle and the Mechanical Light Machine, Oldham Theatre Workshop, Oldham Central Library

Imagine a town where the Christmas lights really matter.

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Len Grant by Danny Moran

“Throughout my adult life I thought I couldn’t draw.” Len Grant, sketcher, writer and photographer

December 16, 2021 Comments Off on “Throughout my adult life I thought I couldn’t draw.” Len Grant, sketcher, writer and photographer

I once spent an afternoon with the subject of a Len Grant photograph, specifically because he’d been the subject of a Len Grant photograph, for the purposes of a magazine column.

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Polish Wine Tasting, The Spärrows, Manchester

Review: Polish Wine Tasting, The Spärrows, Manchester

December 16, 2021 Comments Off on Review: Polish Wine Tasting, The Spärrows, Manchester

Everyone I mentioned this event to reacted with the same quizzical raised eyebrow. “Polish wines?” “Yes,” I said. “Polish wines”.

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10 Tib Lane, Manchester

Food Review: 10 Tib Lane, Manchester

December 13, 2021 Comments Off on Food Review: 10 Tib Lane, Manchester

There is a great moment in The Wizard of Oz when, as it starts to snow, the Cowardly Lion remarks: “Unusual weather we’re having, ain’t it?”

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MMM LanternFestival 2021. Credit Robin Zahler

Photo Gallery: Winter Lantern Festival 2021, West End of Morecambe

December 13, 2021 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Winter Lantern Festival 2021, West End of Morecambe

Morecambe marked the beginning of the festive season with a beautiful community celebration.

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The Roof is on Fire What Kind of City? by Suzanne Levy

Exhibition Review: What Kind of City? by Suzanne Lacy, The Whitworth, Manchester

December 13, 2021 Comments Off on Exhibition Review: What Kind of City? by Suzanne Lacy, The Whitworth, Manchester

Major gallery exhibitions tend to have one artist’s name over the door. Right now, at The Whitworth in Manchester, that name is Suzanne Lacy.

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Theatre Review: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, The Lowry, Salford

December 12, 2021 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, The Lowry, Salford

It was a beautiful moment. As Aslan the lion slowly padded onto the stage in the second half of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, the audience erupted into spontaneous applause.

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Renee Lamb, Eva-Marie Saffrey, Christina Modestou

Theatre Review: Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World, Liverpool Playhouse

December 10, 2021 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World, Liverpool Playhouse

This could quite easily have been terrible.

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Piccadilly Rats. Image by Martin Green.

The Rats’ Tales: The extraordinary life stories of Manchester buskers, The Piccadilly Rats

December 9, 2021 Comments Off on The Rats’ Tales: The extraordinary life stories of Manchester buskers, The Piccadilly Rats

If you’ve ever meandered past the corner of Lever Street and Piccadilly Gardens in the heart of Manchester, you’ve probably witnessed the unabated joy that is beloved busking collective, The Piccadilly Rats.

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Adam Keast & Stephanie Hockley in Robin Hood Photo © Robert Day ESC_2649

Festive Review: Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto – Robin Hood: Tights in White Satin, Everyman, Liverpool

December 8, 2021 Comments Off on Festive Review: Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto – Robin Hood: Tights in White Satin, Everyman, Liverpool

How to encapsulate Robin Hood: Tights in White Satin in a sentence?

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