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Review: Romeo & Juliet, Heaton Park

August 11, 2018 No Comments

Caroline Clegg has done it before. Although she enjoys a career in opera and music, she returns to Manchester’s Heaton Park every year and mounts a summer show.

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A Northern Soul

“A factory worker with a cultural dream.” Director Sean McAllister talks about his new documentary

August 11, 2018 No Comments

Brian W. Lavery talks to director Sean McAllister, the man behind a documentary revealing the flip side of his home town’s UK City of Culture year. A Northern Soul follows a factory worker’s struggle to pursue what seems like an impossible cultural dream.

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Justin Pearson

Set on fire and fighting with Wonder Woman, it’s all in a day’s work for stunt coordinator Justin Pearson

August 11, 2018 No Comments

There is footage of Justin Pearson jumping out of a window, covered in flames from head to foot and having a table kicked at him by Wonder Woman.

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“Northern voices are always my go-to place.” Age Before Beauty and Poldark writer Debbie Horsfield talks to Northern Soul

August 7, 2018 No Comments

You’d have to be allergic to magazine racks to miss the new series by Debbie Horsfield on BBC1.

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Review: CBBC Summer Social, Croxteth Country Park, Liverpool

August 7, 2018 No Comments

In the build-up to CBBC’s inaugural three-day Summer Social at Croxteth Country Park, much of the chatter on the local parental grapevine was about one subject: cost.

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From left, Richard Stacey, Jamie Baughan, Frances Marshall, Laurence Pears, Leigh Symonds, Liz Jadav, Naomi Petersen, ©Tony Bartholomew

Theatre Review: Joking Apart, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

August 7, 2018 No Comments

It seems a strange thing to do, on a boiling hot summer’s evening, to come in out of the bright day and ensconce oneself in a dark theatre, along with hundreds of other people, to watch a play set outside in a garden.

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Theatre Review: Astley’s Astounding Adventures, New Vic Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

August 7, 2018 No Comments

“Bye ‘eck,” said the man sitting next to me. “Ah’ve seen some stuff ‘ere, but that were fantastic!”

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Group Therapy presents Judah Friedlander

What’s on in August: Comedy in Manchester

August 6, 2018 No Comments

Though it may seem like it in Edinburgh, not all the nation’s comedy scene has travelled north of the border. It may be small but the line up this month in Manchester is exquisitely formed.

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Theatre Review: Those Two Weeks, Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight

July 30, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Those Two Weeks, Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight

For people in tragedy’s shadow, ‘normal’ life can seem like an irrecoverable paradise.

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Women Walking, Ghislaine Howard

Photo Gallery: I Also Paint, Gateway Gallery, Hale

July 30, 2018 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: I Also Paint, Gateway Gallery, Hale

Helen Clapcott can’t identify with the word ‘artist’. Mary Mabbutt has said more than once (in jest) that “Rembrandt didn’t have to put up with this”. Sarah Carvell sees the arrival of the occasional cup of tea to her studio as a significant achievement. Sue Howells describes herself as a housewife who picks up a brush every day. 

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