Northern Soul

Author: Alfred Searls

Lord of the World

The Father of Dystopia: R H Benson and The Lord of the World

January 16, 2014 Comments Off on The Father of Dystopia: R H Benson and The Lord of the World

This year sees the 100th anniversary of the death of Robert Hugh Benson at the tragically early age of 43.

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Manchester Museum

In the Vault of the Mummies at Manchester Museum

December 5, 2013 Comments Off on In the Vault of the Mummies at Manchester Museum

Some places imprint themselves upon your consciousness, that strange relatively inexplicable netherworld of neurons and dreams.

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The Hallé Goes to War

November 19, 2013 Comments Off on The Hallé Goes to War

The Hallé went to war earlier this month but thankfully both audience and orchestra survived to tell the tale.

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Charlie Chaplin

Modern Times

November 2, 2013 Comments Off on Modern Times

In 1936 Charlie Chaplin made a film that is today regarded as a cinematic masterpiece.

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The Hallé and Shostakovich…the Power and the Glory

October 13, 2013 Comments Off on The Hallé and Shostakovich…the Power and the Glory

Earlier this month the Hallé opened its 155th season. It would be reasonable to expect that the orchestra, one of the undoubted cultural crown jewels of Manchester, wanted to start things off with a bang, so to speak.

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All My Sons

Carnage at the Royal Exchange

October 5, 2013 Comments Off on Carnage at the Royal Exchange

Emotional carnage was adroitly presented to a shocked and thrilled audience on Wednesday night, as Manchester’s Royal Exchange took up the challenge of presenting theatre-goers with a devastating performance of Arthur Miller’s 1947 classic All My Sons.

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Inside the Holy Name

What’s in a name?

August 3, 2013 Comments Off on What’s in a name?

Over the years many things have helped to shape and define Manchester, including, and in no particular order: the weather, football, cotton, Gnaeus Julius Agricola, coal, the Luftwaffe, the Manchester Ship Canal, music, rich people, poor people, poor people who became rich people, foreign people, 24 hour party people…and religion.

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North Korea

Revolution in North Korea

July 22, 2013 Comments Off on Revolution in North Korea

Joseph Park is 31 years old, a defector from North Korea and a prophet of the revolution.

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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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