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Author: Andy Murray

Theatre Review – Alan Partridge: Stratagem, Liverpool M&S Bank Arena

May 17, 2022 No Comments

How much Partridge is too much? It’s a question that Steve Coogan seems to have wrestled with over the years.

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Film Review: The Batman

April 29, 2022 Comments Off on Film Review: The Batman

In this latest iteration of the Batman story, which nods heavily to acclaimed comics stories such as The Long Halloween, Robert Pattinson plays Gotham City’s brooding billionaire orphan-cum-masked avenger, who has forged an alliance with veteran police office James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) in following the trail of a deranged serial killer known as The Riddler (Paul Dano) blah blah blah…

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Theatre Review: Electric Rosary, Royal Exchange, Manchester

April 29, 2022 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Electric Rosary, Royal Exchange, Manchester

In these tentative, post-lockdown times, many theatre venues tend to programme safe, obvious, well-known shows, those crowd-pleasers that will guarantee them an audience.

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“He was a recklessly generous soul.” Frank Cottrell-Boyce on Tony Wilson and the 20-year anniversary of 24 Hour Party People

April 16, 2022 Comments Off on “He was a recklessly generous soul.” Frank Cottrell-Boyce on Tony Wilson and the 20-year anniversary of 24 Hour Party People

“This is Manchester, we do things differently here.”

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Into the Unknown: Nigel Kneale at HOME

January 5, 2022 Comments Off on Into the Unknown: Nigel Kneale at HOME

It’s often remarked that we’re living in a golden age of television, one where the intermingling of the TV and film industries is widespread and fruitful.

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“I can finally say I’ve made some art mark on Manchester.” Jim Moir talks to Northern Soul

November 17, 2021 Comments Off on “I can finally say I’ve made some art mark on Manchester.” Jim Moir talks to Northern Soul

He may have had a long and successful comedy career as Vic Reeves, Britain’s self-styled top light entertainer and singer, but he signs his artwork with his real name.

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“My films are like my kids.” Acclaimed film-maker Mike Leigh talks to Northern Soul

November 16, 2021 Comments Off on “My films are like my kids.” Acclaimed film-maker Mike Leigh talks to Northern Soul

Much garlanded and Salford-raised film-maker Mike Leigh, now 78, is speaking to Northern Soul at HOME in Manchester on the occasion of a new touring retrospective of his work.

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“It was very emotionally charged for me.” The The’s Matt Johnson talks about The Comeback Special

November 10, 2021 Comments Off on “It was very emotionally charged for me.” The The’s Matt Johnson talks about The Comeback Special

When The The’s singer/songwriter/prime mover Matt Johnson became the focus of a documentary, The Inertia Variations, back in 2017, it had an unexpected impact on him.

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Preview: Doc ‘n Roll Film Festival, Manchester

November 2, 2021 Comments Off on Preview: Doc ‘n Roll Film Festival, Manchester

For many of us, the past 18 months have made it crystal clear exactly how cherishable popular arts such as music and cinema can be, even if we’ve been experiencing them in isolation rather than with an audience.

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Paul Morley and Julie Campbell (Lonelady) in conversation at Manchester Literature Festival 2021 Photo courtesy Manchester Literature Festival:Gareth Lowe _3

Review: Paul Morley in conversation with LoneLady, Manchester Literature Festival, HOME, Manchester

October 12, 2021 Comments Off on Review: Paul Morley in conversation with LoneLady, Manchester Literature Festival, HOME, Manchester

There’s no denying that there’s an air of anticipation around this, on more than one level.

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