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

June 9, 2019 Comments Off on Tales from Northern Britain: Playwright and comedian Stan Wallace talks to Northern Soul

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 Comments Off on Review: Aida, Opera North, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

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

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

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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Tom Hughes and Dean Brocklehurst, The Talleyrand

“We’d like to make history.” The Talleyrand, Levenshulme, Manchester

May 17, 2019 Comments Off on “We’d like to make history.” The Talleyrand, Levenshulme, Manchester

Levenshulme is rising. To say it is gentrifying is perhaps too strong but it’s certainly becoming bohemian.

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Preview: OperaWatch, Summer 2019

May 15, 2019 Comments Off on Preview: OperaWatch, Summer 2019

As keen readers of OperaWatch will know (thank you, Freda and Eric Thwaites), summer is traditionally a quiet period for opera here in the North.

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The Way I See It, The Talleyrand, Levenshulme

Theatre Review: The Way I See It, The Talleyrand, Levenshulme

May 9, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Way I See It, The Talleyrand, Levenshulme

The Way I See It does exactly what it says on the tin.

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