Northern Soul

Author: Andy Murray

Review: Viv Albertine in conversation with Jeanette Winterson, Manchester Literature Festival, The Dancehouse

May 16, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Viv Albertine in conversation with Jeanette Winterson, Manchester Literature Festival, The Dancehouse

Viv Albertine tells an illuminating tale about her wilderness years spent trapped in a dreary, constrictive marriage.

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Review: Count Arthur Strong is Alive & Unplugged, The Lowry, Salford

May 16, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Count Arthur Strong is Alive & Unplugged, The Lowry, Salford

On another Sunday night not long ago in this very theatre, Ken Dodd held court for many, many hours with his celebrated Laughter Show (despite getting shirty with the sound man a couple of times).

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Royle Family

Let’s Watch TV together: Pilot Light TV Festival

Apr 18, 2018 Comments Off on Let’s Watch TV together: Pilot Light TV Festival

Back in the day, ‘watching the telly’ meant simply that: sitting in the living room staring at the television set in the corner when your show of choice was on.

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Angela and Johnny

Book Review: A Normal Family by Henry Normal and Angela Pell

Apr 12, 2018 Comments Off on Book Review: A Normal Family by Henry Normal and Angela Pell

Living with autism is a hugely weighty subject and any book about it could easily risk being hard to digest.

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Ghost Stories

Film Review: Ghost Stories

Apr 9, 2018 Comments Off on Film Review: Ghost Stories

An interesting thing can happen when a genre has been around long enough to acquire fans.

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Theatre Review: Noggin the Nog, Sale Waterside

Apr 4, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Noggin the Nog, Sale Waterside

Reboots, revivals, adaptations. Oh, that there is such treacherous territory.

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Review: Brett Anderson, Manchester Literature Festival, The Dancehouse

Apr 4, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Brett Anderson, Manchester Literature Festival, The Dancehouse

Full and frank disclosure from the off: I am and have always been a Suede fan.

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Film Review: Ready Player One

Mar 26, 2018 Comments Off on Film Review: Ready Player One

Are computer games just for kids?

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Django Django talk to Northern Soul

Mar 19, 2018 Comments Off on Django Django talk to Northern Soul

Many bands suffer from what’s known as ‘Difficult Second Album Syndrome’, that awkward step where a recording career isn’t brand new any more but it’s a not-yet-seen-it-all doddle either.

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Review: Circle Mirror Transformation, HOME, Manchester

Mar 8, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Circle Mirror Transformation, HOME, Manchester

Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation is by no means your average play.

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