Northern Soul

Author: Cathy Crabb

Having it large: Manchester Day 2018

June 18, 2018 No Comments

I was ridiculously joyful at this year’s Manchester Day Parade.

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Outside Salford Arts Theatre 2

Art of Class: Salford Arts Theatre

June 6, 2018 No Comments

In a new series, Northern Soul’s Cathy Crabb talks to working class creative people, some already established, some emerging, and some setting their stall out to create more work for others. This week it’s Roni Ellis, Scott Berry and Libby Hall from Salford Arts Theatre. 

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Rob Johnston

Art of Class: Rob Johnston

May 23, 2018 Comments Off on Art of Class: Rob Johnston

In a new series, Northern Soul’s Cathy Crabb talks to working class creative people, some already established, some emerging, and some setting their stall out to create more work for others. This week it’s Rob Johnston, a Manchester-based writer and producer with more than 30 plays staged professionally, both as a commissioned writer and as a producer of his own plays via Breathe Out Theatre. Johnston won the 2011 Kings Cross Award for New Writing for Einstein’s Daughter. Dark Satanic won Best Drama at the 2017 Manchester Fringe Festival.

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Bethan Kitchen

Art of Class: Bethan Kitchen

April 21, 2018 Comments Off on Art of Class: Bethan Kitchen

In a new series, Northern Soul’s Cathy Crabb talks to working class creative people, some already established, some emerging, and some setting their stall out to create more work for others. This week it’s writer Bethan Kitchen whose play Shoefiti opens at Salford Arts Theatre later this month.

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Dean Nolan as Fred and Isabel Pollen as Laura in Brief Encounter, credit Steve Tanner

Review: Brief Encounter, The Lowry, Salford

February 22, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Brief Encounter, The Lowry, Salford

It’s 1938 and weekly shopper Laura rests her weary court shoes at the station café before the train home.

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Review: Break in Transmission, The Holden Gallery, Manchester

February 1, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Break in Transmission, The Holden Gallery, Manchester

Curator Steven Gartside describes Break in Transmission, the current exhibition at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Holden Gallery, as “the pleasures and pitfalls of language, communication and meaning”.

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Sarah Millican, Manchester Literature Festival 2017

Review: How To Be Champion – An Evening with Sarah Millican, Manchester Literature Festival

October 11, 2017 Comments Off on Review: How To Be Champion – An Evening with Sarah Millican, Manchester Literature Festival

“I don’t care if people don’t find me funny. I know I’m funny because it’s the job I do.”

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Benedict and Dominika Tomczyk-Bowen, image by Hazel Gibson

Bi-polar unicorns and claustrophobic clowns: Northern Soul attends Thought Bubble in Leeds

October 7, 2017 Comments Off on Bi-polar unicorns and claustrophobic clowns: Northern Soul attends Thought Bubble in Leeds

Picture this. It’s your first day at a new school. You’re a bit scared but you have an imagination the size of a meteor and loads of great ideas to make and draw worlds you want to share with your new pals.

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Cosmic Scallies, Royal Exchange, Manchester

Review: Cosmic Scallies, Royal Exchange, Manchester

October 7, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Cosmic Scallies, Royal Exchange, Manchester

What I miss about no longer being on Facebook is Jackie Hagan.

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The cast of The Ruck - Photo by Andrew Billington -ABP10730

Review: The Ruck, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

September 20, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Ruck, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

“Just wait and I’ll get the others, they’re all here,” says Lily Clark, forward for the Batley Bulldogs Girls Rugby League team as I chat to her outside the Lawrence Batley Theatre before the premiere of The Ruck.

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