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Outside the Flamingo Lounge, Just So 2019, credit Samuel Mills

Review: Just So Festival, Rode Hall, Cheshire

August 21, 2019 No Comments

The average Just So parent, judging by appearances, is of approximately the correct vintage for Glastonbury 1997 to be a resonant pop culture reference.

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Peterloo Memorial

“Rebooting democracy”: Northern Soul attends the Peterloo Anniversary Weekend

August 19, 2019 No Comments

“Let’s reboot democracy,” the man on the microphone says, to a loud roar of cheers from the crowd.

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Sheila Atim

Photo Gallery: The Half, Simon Annand, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

August 19, 2019 No Comments

A host of famous faces are coming to Huddersfield. A new photography exhibition by photographer Simon Annand will present rare images of the privacy actors experience backstage.

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Lightspace - A Year in The Round, Colin Taylor, Royal Exchange, Manchester

Photo Gallery: Lightspace – A Year in The Round, Colin Taylor, Royal Exchange, Manchester

August 19, 2019 No Comments

Theatre never fails to inspire, and for artist Colin Taylor one theatre in particular has influenced a series of stunning images: the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.

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“Maybe there will be some sort of renewal to come out of this.” Polyp, founder of the Peterloo Memorial Campaign, talks to Northern Soul

August 17, 2019 No Comments

It’s a sun-splashed Tuesday morning 72 hours from Peterloo day. I’m at the Kim by the Sea café in regenerated Hulme.

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Summer Of Fun exhibition at the Science & Industry Museum.

Power Up: Gaming history at Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum

August 16, 2019 No Comments

In my three years as Gaming Editor for Northern Soul, I have visited a variety of retro arcade clubs and bars. But nothing prepared me for the living, breathing exhibition at Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum.

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Production shot 5 - jerry Springer The Opera - credit Anthony Robling

Theatre Review: Jerry Springer – The Musical, Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

August 16, 2019 No Comments

Not that long ago, in 2006, when Jerry Springer – The Opera, Richard Thomas and Stewart Lee’s outlandish and provocative satire of over-the-top tabloid chat shows, first toured this country, outraged citizens (who in all probability hadn’t actually seen the show but knew in their hearts that they should definitely be outraged) demonstrated long and hard outside any regional theatres who had the balls to mount the show – sorry, this sort of stuff does seem to be catching after all.

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Sketch for Survival Levison Wood

Photo Gallery: Sketch for Survival

August 12, 2019 No Comments

The Serengeti is coming to the North as sketches of wildlife by celebrities from across the globe are set to premiere in Harrogate as part of a campaign to raise awareness about species extinction.

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Theatre Review: Amélie The Musical, Opera House, Manchester

August 7, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Amélie The Musical, Opera House, Manchester

I’ve pondered before in these pages on the apparently insatiable appetite of musical theatre producers for hit films that can be transformed into stage hits.

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The Borrowers, Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester. Image by Mark Carline

Theatre Review: The Borrowers, Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester

August 6, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Borrowers, Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester

It was always going to be interesting to discover how the world of The Borrowers, those helpful miniature beings, would be created.

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