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Having it large: Manchester Day 2018

June 18, 2018 No Comments

I was ridiculously joyful at this year’s Manchester Day Parade.

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Photographs Smiths Salford Lads Club, Steve Wright

Review: The Smiths 1984–1986, Stephen Wright, Central Library, Manchester

June 18, 2018 No Comments

Like the contents of a can of pop, pent-up and shaken, The Smiths fizzed dramatically if briefly, upending the charts for fewer than five years, before going flat in misunderstanding and acrimony.

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The Big I Am in rehearsal, Writer Robert Farquhar, photo by Brian Roberts

Big ideas, big jokes, big songs. Northern Soul talks to playwright Robert Farquhar about Peer Gynt

June 10, 2018 No Comments

“I hate Peer Gynt. Why should we do it?”

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Art of Class: Salford Arts Theatre

June 6, 2018 No Comments

In a new series, Northern Soul’s Cathy Crabb talks to working class creative people, some already established, some emerging, and some setting their stall out to create more work for others. This week it’s Roni Ellis, Scott Berry and Libby Hall from Salford Arts Theatre. 

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Theatre Review: Happy Days, Royal Exchange, Manchester

June 6, 2018 No Comments

Regular visitors to Manchester’s Royal Exchange will be familiar with seeing productions in the round, but Happy Days offers a new twist: a show in a mound in the round.

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Theatre Review: Summer Holiday – The Musical, Bolton Octagon

June 6, 2018 No Comments

The theatre director and writer Bob Carlton said there are six good things in every show, no matter how ghastly it is.

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A Taste of Honey, Oldham Coliseum

Theatre Review: A Taste of Honey, Oldham Coliseum

June 4, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: A Taste of Honey, Oldham Coliseum

“A taste of hunneee, tasting much sweeter than wine, de doom de doo, bah-doom, de doom de doo etc.”

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Northern Rambles: the best view in the Dales?

June 2, 2018 Comments Off on Northern Rambles: the best view in the Dales?

In a new series, Peter Cropper shares his pick of routes to walk in the North of England. This week, he wonders if he’s found the best view in the Dales.

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The Cotton Famine, Manchester, 19th century,Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org The Cotton Famine: Distributing tickets for bread, soup, meat, meal, coal etc. at the office of a District Provident Society, Manchester. 19th century The Illustrated London News Published: 1862 Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Cotton, Conflict and Culture: The Poetry of the Lancashire Cotton Famine

May 31, 2018 Comments Off on Cotton, Conflict and Culture: The Poetry of the Lancashire Cotton Famine

A project to find, collect, and interpret poetry associated with the Lancashire Cotton Famine (1861-65) is gathering pace at Exeter University. Ruth Mather from the university explains the history prior to the launch of recordings of the poems in July.

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L7, HOME

Review: L7: Pretend We’re Dead, Doc’n Roll Film Fest, HOME, Manchester

May 31, 2018 Comments Off on Review: L7: Pretend We’re Dead, Doc’n Roll Film Fest, HOME, Manchester

In recent years, the music documentary seems to have come into its own, germinating out between the paving stone formula of talking head hindsight and nostalgia, proliferating like weeds of unexpected empathy and wasteland beauty.

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