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“You’re told that London is the centre of opportunity and it just isn’t.” Theatre Director Jake Murray talks to Northern Soul

June 15, 2019 No Comments

There’s an eclectic mix of pictures on the walls of my house. Like many people, my home is my life writ large and among the mish-mash of Brontë quotes and self-deprecating swipes at my Northern heritage is a signed poster of the 1995 Manchester Royal Exchange production of Miss Julie

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Review: The Book of Mormon, Palace Theatre, Manchester

June 13, 2019 No Comments

Written by the South Park team of Trey Parker and Matt Stone with Avenue Q’s Robert Lopez, The Book Of Mormon arrives at Manchester’s Palace amid the sort of hype that has made it a very hot ticket indeed, with most of the fuss seeming to be about how ground-breakingly outrageous, but hilariously funny, the show is.

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Theatre Review: Hobson’s Choice, Royal Exchange, Manchester

June 12, 2019 No Comments

What an absolute delight.

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Stan Wallace

Tales from Northern Britain: Playwright and comedian Stan Wallace talks to Northern Soul

June 9, 2019 No Comments

The whole Brexit conundrum may be dividing the nation but that hasn’t stopped first-time playwright and stand-up comedian Stan Wallace from having his say and encouraging us to have ours.

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Review: Aida, Opera North, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

June 8, 2019 No Comments

Of all the iconic Italian operas, I had yet to see Verdi’s Aida.

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Theatre Review: The Importance of Being Earnest, Bolton Octagon at Albert Halls

June 8, 2019 No Comments

This is the most interesting production of The Importance of Being Earnest I have ever seen, and that includes David Suchet in drag as Lady Bracknell. 

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“She never compromised.” Writer Lisa Holdsworth on Andrea Dunbar, Adelle Stripe and a new play

June 7, 2019 No Comments

So, here’s the thing. A brand-new stage project has drawn together three acclaimed female writers from Yorkshire.

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Theatre Review: Cooped, Liverpool Playhouse

June 7, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Cooped, Liverpool Playhouse

Cooped is something akin to the best bad am-dram theatre production you’ve ever seen.

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Socially (un)acceptable, Laura Desmond

“I thought I was to blame for the assaults.” Producer and artist Laura Desmond talks post-#MeToo

May 31, 2019 Comments Off on “I thought I was to blame for the assaults.” Producer and artist Laura Desmond talks post-#MeToo

It’s almost two years since #MeToo catapulted into the Twittersphere.

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Caroline Harker and Eve Matheson in Handbagged. Photo Helen Murray

Theatre Review: Handbagged, Oldham Coliseum

May 21, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Handbagged, Oldham Coliseum

Well, that was odd. A comedy about Margaret Thatcher and the Queen and it’s very funny. Who’d have thought it?

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