Northern Soul

Author: Andy Murray

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Films: Northern Soul’s Comfort Viewing (Part Two)

April 2, 2020 No Comments

With us all cooped up inside for the foreseeable future, there’s not a great deal to do except sit tight and watch stuff. But it might as well be good stuff.

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Films: Northern Soul’s Comfort Viewing (Part One)

March 30, 2020 No Comments

With us all cooped up inside for the foreseeable future, there’s not a great deal to do except sit tight and watch stuff. But it might as well be good stuff.

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Theatre Review: Back to The Future – the Musical, Manchester Opera House

March 12, 2020 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Back to The Future – the Musical, Manchester Opera House

Somewhere far along the event horizon, every last hit 80s movie will have been adapted into a stage show – presumably the day they announce Police Academy: The Musical.

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Theatre Review: Ghost Stories, The Lowry, Salford

February 19, 2020 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Ghost Stories, The Lowry, Salford

The most important thing to say about Ghost Stories, currently at The Lowry, is that it’s a unique, memorable stage experience delivered with real intelligence, showmanship and skill.

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Frissons of fear and jangling nerves: writer Jeremy Dyson talks about the return of Ghost Stories

February 15, 2020 Comments Off on Frissons of fear and jangling nerves: writer Jeremy Dyson talks about the return of Ghost Stories

Ten years ago, when the scarifying stage play Ghost Stories was set to make its debut at the Liverpool Playhouse, the show’s co-writers, Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman, announced to journalists that they couldn’t really tell them anything about it.

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“Being a parent is the biggest thing that’s ever happened to me.” Comedian Josie Long talks to Northern Soul

February 1, 2020 Comments Off on “Being a parent is the biggest thing that’s ever happened to me.” Comedian Josie Long talks to Northern Soul

The last time comedian and broadcaster Josie Long took a stand-up show out on tour, namely Something Better back in 2017, it looked at ways to actively improve our world during troubled times.

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Use Hearing Protection: celebrating the early years of Factory Records

February 1, 2020 Comments Off on Use Hearing Protection: celebrating the early years of Factory Records

Jan Hicks has a particular, distinctive memory of growing up in the early 80s.

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Film Review: The Personal History of David Copperfield

January 25, 2020 Comments Off on Film Review: The Personal History of David Copperfield

In recent years, having already established himself as godfather to a whole generation of British radio and TV comedy, Armando Iannucci has been branching out, creating Veep for American television and co-writing and directing the feature film The Death of Stalin.

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British Screenwriters: the life and work of Robert Bolt

January 6, 2020 Comments Off on British Screenwriters: the life and work of Robert Bolt

It wasn’t an ideal moment for Robert Bolt to be arrested.

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Happiness and Tears: comedy historian Louis Barfe talks about his new biography of Ken Dodd

December 23, 2019 Comments Off on Happiness and Tears: comedy historian Louis Barfe talks about his new biography of Ken Dodd

What springs to mind when you think of Ken Dodd?

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