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Tom Gates at Birmingham Stage Company_ Photo by Mark Douet _50A7637R

Review: Tom Gates Live on Stage!, Manchester Opera House

November 26, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Tom Gates Live on Stage!, Manchester Opera House

For several years now, the Tom Gates books by Liz Pichon have been all the rage in primary schools across the land.

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The Greek Passion

Review: The Greek Passion by Bohuslav Martinü, Opera North, The Lowry, Salford

November 23, 2019 Comments Off on Review: The Greek Passion by Bohuslav Martinü, Opera North, The Lowry, Salford

Saturday night was going to be big.

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“There are big plans to come from the North East.” The Manager of Durham’s Assembly Rooms talks to Northern Soul

November 18, 2019 Comments Off on “There are big plans to come from the North East.” The Manager of Durham’s Assembly Rooms talks to Northern Soul

Writing this article, I was reminded of a quote by the comedian Eddie Izzard while he was on a world tour. “I grew up in Europe, where the history comes from.”

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Theatre Review: Jack and the Beanstalk, Oldham Coliseum

November 18, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Jack and the Beanstalk, Oldham Coliseum

Director Chris Lawson’s first panto at Oldham Coliseum is a belter. And it has the best pantomime cow I have ever seen, in any pantomime, anywhere.

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Getting the Third Degree, Salford Arts Theatre

Theatre Review: Getting the Third Degree, Salford Arts Theatre

November 16, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Getting the Third Degree, Salford Arts Theatre

In a first for Northern Soul, three of my interests have combined in one night: theatre, soul music and football.

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Eilidh Loan (Mary Shelley) & Ben Castle-Gibb (Victor Frankenstein) in Frankenstein. Photo by Tommy Ga-Ken Wan 038 (Small)

Theatre Review: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Playhouse, Liverpool

November 13, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Playhouse, Liverpool

Playwright Rona Munro tells us in her forward to the programme for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein that she has a “visceral aversion” to analyses of a writer’s work that use their biography “to interpret the stories they told”.

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Phil Cheadle in Reasons to Stay Alive. Photo by Johan Persson

Theatre Review: Reasons to Stay Alive, HOME, Manchester

October 31, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Reasons to Stay Alive, HOME, Manchester

I am nothing if not a Matt Haig fangirl.

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Theatre Review: Light Falls, Royal Exchange, Manchester

October 30, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Light Falls, Royal Exchange, Manchester

The auspices were good.

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Theatre Review: The Exorcist, Manchester Opera House

October 26, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Exorcist, Manchester Opera House

When the first wave of so-called ‘movie brat’ film directors began to break through in the 70s, it often seemed to be with ingeniously crowd-pleasing adaptations of successful mass-market novels.

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How to Beat Up Your Dad, The Talleyrand, Levenshulme, Manchester

Theatre Review: How to Beat Up Your Dad, The Talleyrand, Levenshulme

October 22, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: How to Beat Up Your Dad, The Talleyrand, Levenshulme

Jonny Genet, Sam Beckett and Ant Artaud walk into a bar.

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