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Peter Aitchison, Beaded Man

Photo Gallery: Peter Aitchison at Gateway Gallery, Hale

April 22, 2019 No Comments

Ah, the 90s.

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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 No Comments

“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 No Comments

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 No Comments

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 No Comments

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 No Comments

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

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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 No Comments

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 No Comments

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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Kingdom 10 - photo by Vicenç Viaplana

Theatre Review: Kingdom, HOME, Manchester

April 15, 2019 No Comments

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 No Comments

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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