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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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Not Quite Light, image by Alison Boyes

Review: Lone Women in the Not Quite Light, Not Quite Light Festival, Salford

May 31, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Lone Women in the Not Quite Light, Not Quite Light Festival, Salford

Have you ever been afraid of the dark?

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Review: Kiss Me Kate, Opera North, Leeds Grand Theatre

May 31, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Kiss Me Kate, Opera North, Leeds Grand Theatre

This is a revival of Opera North’s magnificent production of Cole Porter’s Shakespearian parody Kiss me, Kate, staged by the company in 2015.

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Rob Johnston

Art of Class: Rob Johnston

May 23, 2018 Comments Off on Art of Class: Rob Johnston

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 Rob Johnston, a Manchester-based writer and producer with more than 30 plays staged professionally, both as a commissioned writer and as a producer of his own plays via Breathe Out Theatre. Johnston won the 2011 Kings Cross Award for New Writing for Einstein’s Daughter. Dark Satanic won Best Drama at the 2017 Manchester Fringe Festival.

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“If words aren’t spoken or written, they start to become less relevant.” The Lost Words: Seek, Find, Speak

May 23, 2018 Comments Off on “If words aren’t spoken or written, they start to become less relevant.” The Lost Words: Seek, Find, Speak

“Heather? You’re kidding me!”

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Review: Love, Loss and Chianti, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

May 23, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Love, Loss and Chianti, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

If anyone was going to bring the sharp, erudite poetry of Christopher Reid to life in a stage adaptation of The Scattering and The Song of Lunch, it would be Robert Bathurst. He revels in the opportunity to extract the precise, elegant language of Reid’s work, and rolls it over his own tongue like butter off a silver spoon.

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