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Author: Cathy Crabb

Bethan Kitchen

Art of Class: Bethan Kitchen

April 21, 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 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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Sophie Mercer and Josie Cersie – The Ruck - Photo credit Amy Charles Media IMG_6946

Northern Soul chats to director Joyce Branagh about new writing, girls rugby and fighting spirit

September 9, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul chats to director Joyce Branagh about new writing, girls rugby and fighting spirit

Director Joyce Branagh is working on what sounds like the perfect premise for an ensemble piece.

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Sugarhill Gang, Cotton Clouds Festival

Review and Photo Gallery: Cotton Clouds Festival, Saddleworth

August 15, 2017 Comments Off on Review and Photo Gallery: Cotton Clouds Festival, Saddleworth

A drunk woman gesticulates at me. “The back of the line for beer is there.”

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Marshmallow Feast

Review: IRIS and Tim Peaks Diner, The Lowry, Salford

June 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: IRIS and Tim Peaks Diner, The Lowry, Salford

I’d enjoyed a cool and heady journey on my way to the taster event for The Lowry’s biennial Week 53 festival.

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