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“She never compromised.” Writer Lisa Holdsworth on Andrea Dunbar, Adelle Stripe and a new play

June 7, 2019 Comments Off on “She never compromised.” Writer Lisa Holdsworth on Andrea Dunbar, Adelle Stripe and a new play

So, here’s the thing. A brand-new stage project has drawn together three acclaimed female writers from Yorkshire.

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A tribute to Judith Kerr

May 26, 2019 Comments Off on A tribute to Judith Kerr

Never meet your heroes, they say. Blow that, I thought.

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Altrincham Evuna

Food Review: Evuna, Altrincham

May 15, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Evuna, Altrincham

Evuna’s website proudly announces that it has opened a fourth tapas restaurant in ‘foodie central’ Altrincham, and it’s still pinch-yourself remarkable that the little market town, not generally known as a culinary hub until recently, can justifiably be referred to as such these days.

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Review: Poetry and Supper with Toria Garbutt and Mary-Ellen McTague, The Creameries, Chorlton

May 9, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Poetry and Supper with Toria Garbutt and Mary-Ellen McTague, The Creameries, Chorlton

When The Creameries opened in Chorlton last year, it set out its stall as being not only a place to eat (and a mighty fine one at that) but also a venue for all kinds of events. And so it has proved.

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“The Stone Roses never wrote any songs about Timperley.” Director Steve Sullivan talks about Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story

April 1, 2019 Comments Off on “The Stone Roses never wrote any songs about Timperley.” Director Steve Sullivan talks about Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story

When he was growing up in Preston, Steve Sullivan couldn’t say for sure that Timperley was even a real place.

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Escape Hunt's Doctor Who - Worlds Collide

Review: Escape Hunt’s Doctor Who – Worlds Collide, Manchester

March 27, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Escape Hunt’s Doctor Who – Worlds Collide, Manchester

Admittedly not everyone would want to spend an hour locked in a room with several Doctor Who fans. But speaking as a life-long ardent fan of the show, I couldn’t wait.

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Food Review: El Gato Negro, King St, Manchester

March 10, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: El Gato Negro, King St, Manchester

Back in the olden dias, seeking out Spanish cuisine in Manchester city centre entailed a visit to La Tasca or the venerable El Rincon.

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Film Review: Being Frank

March 2, 2019 Comments Off on Film Review: Being Frank

Let’s be honest, the character of Frank Sidebottom could be marmitey.

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Billionaire Boy, The Lowry

Theatre Review: Billionaire Boy – The Musical, The Lowry, Salford

February 18, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Billionaire Boy – The Musical, The Lowry, Salford

Whenever two or three children’s authors are gathered together, they tend to start bitching about David Walliams.

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Review: Hallé Pops – The Magical Music of Harry Potter, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

February 6, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Hallé Pops – The Magical Music of Harry Potter, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

When you go to see an orchestra play, it’s a feast for the eyes as well as the ears.

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