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Author: Alastair Michael

Digital Theatre – the way forward?

April 14, 2014 Comments Off on Digital Theatre – the way forward?

Over the past five years, the landscape of theatre has been digitalised by live cinema broadcasting thanks to the National and the New York Met.

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On the Hoof: stretching theatre to its limits

April 10, 2014 Comments Off on On the Hoof: stretching theatre to its limits

In a landscape full of relentless revivals and polished plays it is refreshing to see something unexpected, something bizarre and something completely spontaneous.

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Red’s True Barbecue: Let There Be Meat

April 8, 2014 Comments Off on Red’s True Barbecue: Let There Be Meat

James Douglas and Scott Munro are messiahs of the low and slow barbecue. Red’s True Barbecue is their church.

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Investigating the Bard at Bolton Octagon

March 23, 2014 Comments Off on Investigating the Bard at Bolton Octagon

In the Octagon, Bolton has a successful theatre generating its own productions and receiving touring shows. Sounds like any other theatre, right?

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Twelfth Night: a refreshing adaptation by Bolton Octagon

March 8, 2014 Comments Off on Twelfth Night: a refreshing adaptation by Bolton Octagon

David Thacker’s relationship with Shakespeare is a substantial one. He has directed 28 productions of the Bard.

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National Theatre Live: the stage on the silver screen

March 6, 2014 Comments Off on National Theatre Live: the stage on the silver screen

Alastair Michael reflects on the challenges of broadcasting theatre to cinema audiences on his trip to see War Horse at Manchester’s Odeon.

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Flying the Nest: Chris Honer talks to Northern Soul

January 22, 2014 Comments Off on Flying the Nest: Chris Honer talks to Northern Soul

Back in 2010, Chris Honer and the Library Theatre had to migrate because Manchester’s Central Library was closing for a colossal refurbishment.

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One Hand Clapping at the re:play Festival

January 21, 2014 Comments Off on One Hand Clapping at the re:play Festival

An adaptation of the Anthony Burgess novel of the same name, One Hand Clapping is the story of Janet and Howard Shirley’s marriage in the increasingly consumerist Britain of the 1960s.

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Sir Nicholas Hytner talks to Northern Soul

January 11, 2014 Comments Off on Sir Nicholas Hytner talks to Northern Soul

“I’m going to continue,” Sir Nicholas Hytner declares, with some modesty. As yet there are no concrete plans, but it’s a relief to hear that he “will make theatre for a new company that will…find new ways of making commercial theatre”.

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