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Junior Akinola, courtesy of Contact Theatre

“The need for us is still there.” Junior Akinola, Chair of the Board of Trustees at Manchester’s Contact Theatre

January 19, 2021 No Comments

Contact has been an integral part of Manchester’s cultural scene since the 1970s.

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(Online) Theatre Review: Duckie, HOME, Manchester

January 6, 2021 Comments Off on (Online) Theatre Review: Duckie, HOME, Manchester

These are difficult times. Rehearsals are problematic with social distancing and theatres are largely making it up as they go along.

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Polly Lister in The Snow Queen. Photos by Tony Bartholomew.

Festive Theatre Review: The Snow Queen, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

December 20, 2020 Comments Off on Festive Theatre Review: The Snow Queen, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

If ever there was a time when the world needed a bit of Christmas magic, this is it. Luckily, I can tell you exactly where to find it.

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Theatre Review: A Christmas Carol, Liverpool Playhouse

December 11, 2020 Comments Off on Theatre Review: A Christmas Carol, Liverpool Playhouse

There were ghosts in this play alright, many more than Dickens ever intended.

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Online Opera Review: Nineteen Ways of Looking, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art and Chinese Arts Now

December 3, 2020 Comments Off on Online Opera Review: Nineteen Ways of Looking, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art and Chinese Arts Now

As we hurtle towards 2021, I realise that it’s been eight months since I last saw a live opera and who knows when I will see one again.

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Online Review: David Hoyle – A Grand Auction of My Life, HOME, Manchester

December 3, 2020 Comments Off on Online Review: David Hoyle – A Grand Auction of My Life, HOME, Manchester

Theatres have adapted to COVID-19 restrictions in all sorts of ways.

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Online Theatre Review: Sunset on Tantobie, Gala Theatre, Durham

November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Online Theatre Review: Sunset on Tantobie, Gala Theatre, Durham

Sunset on Tantobie, written by Gary Kitching and directed by Jake Murray, is a 40-minute, heartwarming audio tale about family reuniting, with a nod to Dominic Cummings’ laughable defence of his trip to Barnard Castle.

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“The industry will never fail because we bounce back.” RENT actress Maiya Quansah-Breed talks to Northern Soul

November 14, 2020 Comments Off on “The industry will never fail because we bounce back.” RENT actress Maiya Quansah-Breed talks to Northern Soul

*Since this interview took place, a second national lockdown has come into effect. As a result of these new restrictions, a live performance of RENT will now be available to access online. For more information, or to book tickets, visit the Hope Mill Theatre website.

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Theatre Review: I Won’t Go Back To Sleep Now, HOME, Manchester

November 2, 2020 Comments Off on Theatre Review: I Won’t Go Back To Sleep Now, HOME, Manchester

I’ve just shared a moment with a woman outside Manchester’s HOME.

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“We face the very real prospect of losing a generation of talent.” Box of Tricks launches Screen/Play Award in partnership with Sky Studios

October 23, 2020 Comments Off on “We face the very real prospect of losing a generation of talent.” Box of Tricks launches Screen/Play Award in partnership with Sky Studios

We want “electrifying stories that spark the imagination,” says Box Of Tricks’ co-artistic director Hannah Tyrell-Pinder.

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