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Theatre Review – Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical, The Lowry, Salford

September 28, 2022 No Comments

I intend no criticism of this hugely entertaining and enjoyable show by pointing out that it’s a highly romanticised version of the already-improbable true story of the Fisherman’s Friends, a group of seafaring neighbours and shanty-singers who (with one exception) grew up “within half a mile of Port Isaac harbour” in Cornwall.

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Taking the plunge: we test the waters at Victoria Baths, Manchester

September 27, 2022 No Comments

I have one small cup for sporting prowess.

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Review: Matthew Bamber and Ivy Kalungi, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester

September 27, 2022 No Comments

A spin of the bottle away from the overspill revelry of Deansgate Locks in university freshers’ week, Castlefield Gallery takes one step back from the litter of drinks promotions and homesickness to afford a less frenetic space from which two artists, each with their own particular vantage point, can sift through the contradictions of where a stop-start decade has brought both them and us.

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Theatre Review: The Book Thief, Bolton Octagon

September 27, 2022 No Comments

A play about the power of words has never been more relevant.

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Theatre Review: Girl From The North Country, The Lowry, Salford

September 21, 2022 No Comments

Reflecting his own mercurial nature, it’s almost inevitable that any theatrical piece based around the songs of Bob Dylan would be something out of the ordinary.

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Theatre Review: Things That Divide Us, 53two, Manchester

September 20, 2022 No Comments

Up betimes and to the new 53two venue for its opening in-house production, Things That Divide Us.

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Theatre Review: Dreamgirls, Palace Theatre, Manchester

September 20, 2022 No Comments

Emotional attachment to cultural artefacts is a major driver in the entertainment business.

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Manchester Pride 2022 by Jack Stocker

Photo Gallery: Manchester Pride 2022

September 6, 2022 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Manchester Pride 2022

Manchester Pride 2022 was an incredible showstopper. Thousands lined the streets in the August Bank Holiday sunshine to join in the weekend of celebration in Manchester City centre.

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Theatre Review: Life Before The Line, Edinburgh Fringe Festival

September 6, 2022 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Life Before The Line, Edinburgh Fringe Festival

I’m in a city 215 miles away from Manchester but, during the duration of an hour and 10 minutes, I feel the familiarity of home.

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Review: Beyond Landscapes, Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester

August 25, 2022 Comments Off on Review: Beyond Landscapes, Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester

The latest exhibition curated by Cotton On MCR, in line with its admirable intention of demystifying and democratising access to art in all its forms, is the first in response to a themed open call to creators across Greater Manchester, whether they be established or absolute beginners.

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