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Robin Hood at Williamson Park

A Meteorological Gamble Pays Off

July 16, 2013 Comments Off on A Meteorological Gamble Pays Off

“Fancy driving to Lancaster to see an outdoor performance in the park?” came the request from Northern Soul a couple of months ago. With a pinch of the Dunkirk spirit I said “yes”

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New Dawn Fades – The Story of Joy Division

July 16, 2013 Comments Off on New Dawn Fades – The Story of Joy Division

There’s more than a little irony in the fact that a subsequent generation seems to be just as fascinated by the ‘romantic’ early death of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis as he himself was with the likes of Jim Morrison.

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Honest

Honest

July 16, 2013 Comments Off on Honest

I found myself at the home of the International Anthony Burgess Foundation at Chorlton Mill in the city centre last night.

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The Machine

July 13, 2013 Comments Off on The Machine

As Salford-born Josie Rourke, director of this Manchester International Festival drama, observes “A play about chess sounds almost terrifyingly dull.

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Siegfried

Venturing towards Valhalla

July 8, 2013 Comments Off on Venturing towards Valhalla

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On the warmest day of the year so far, I sat on the rooftop patio of the Manchester International Festival pavilion bar fuelling myself with fish and chips and swilling down with a pint of festival ale in preparation for the heroic task ahead of me. I had volunteered to review Wagner’s Siegfried.

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THE OLD WOMAN rehearsals 02 credit Lucie Jansch

The Old Woman

July 6, 2013 Comments Off on The Old Woman

Now this is what makes the Manchester International Festival cool. Let a visionary director loose on an obviously wild and crazy, but absolutely dazzling, idea, with defiantly large-scale production values and determined support.

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Emily

The Suffering of a Suffragette

July 4, 2013 Comments Off on The Suffering of a Suffragette

For a man who won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Composer’s Award aged 17, composer and director Tim Benjamin is a charming and modest man.

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Birdsong

A Song That Needs To Be Heard

July 2, 2013 Comments Off on A Song That Needs To Be Heard

For months after I read Sebastian Faulks’ novel Birdsong, I was haunted by feelings of claustrophobia. His retelling of the horrors experienced by the tunnellers during the First World War stayed with me to the extent that I have never felt ready to re-read the book.

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Katie Robinson & Michael White, The Man Who Woke Up Dead

Theatre in Mind and Body

July 2, 2013 Comments Off on Theatre in Mind and Body

Theatre means different things to different people. Of course there is some common ground, upon which we all meet, and the individual perspective should always be open to change; nevertheless we are creatures of habit, and one of mine is to seek out the theatre of ideas.

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The Time Machine

Defying the Arrow of Time

June 29, 2013 Comments Off on Defying the Arrow of Time

There can be few places as profoundly lonely as the stage in a one man production.

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