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Author: Chris Wallis

Review: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Bolton Octagon

Apr 7, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Bolton Octagon

I arrive at the theatre something of a Brontë virgin, having never read any of the sisters’ books (I know, you’re appalled, but I’m a child of the 60s and I did science at school and university – blame The Two Cultures).

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Cyrano, West Yorkshire Playhouse

Review: Cyrano, Northern Broadsides, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Mar 1, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Cyrano, Northern Broadsides, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Cyrano de Bergerac had a very big nose. So big in fact that Edmund Rostand immortalised it in his 1897 comic masterpiece, written almost 250 years after his eponymous hero’s death.

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Angel of the House, Hope Mill Theatre

Review: The Angel of the House, Hope Mill Theatre, Ancoats, Manchester

Mar 1, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Angel of the House, Hope Mill Theatre, Ancoats, Manchester

The Angel in the House is a popular Victorian poem – a terrible set of verse – extolling the virtues of the submissive woman who exists solely to cater for her husband’s needs.

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THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA

Review: The House of Bernarda Alba, Royal Exchange, Manchester

Feb 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The House of Bernarda Alba, Royal Exchange, Manchester

“It’s Middlemarch gone mad,” I heard someone say in the interval.

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The Chef Show, Oldham Library

Review: The Chef Show, Oldham Library

Feb 7, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Chef Show, Oldham Library

Curry is in crisis.

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Gaslight, Oldham Coliseum

Review: Gaslight, Oldham Coliseum

Feb 7, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Gaslight, Oldham Coliseum

Gaslight, the classic Victorian thriller, was written in 1938 by Patrick Hamilton. It made him rich.

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Review: Rudy’s Pizza, Ancoats, Manchester

Dec 24, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Rudy’s Pizza, Ancoats, Manchester

As an ex-hippy, I found style guru Peter York’s Hipster Handbook on BBC4 a blast from the past. The similarities are remarkable. None of us considered ourselves hippies, though we undoubtedly were, and none of the people he interviewed would admit to being Hipsters, despite the beards.

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Review: A Christmas Carol, Oldham Library

Dec 24, 2016 Comments Off on Review: A Christmas Carol, Oldham Library

Suranne Jones, Sarah Lancashire and Jane Danson – all successful Northern actors and all alumni of Oldham Theatre Workshop.

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Azuma

Review: Azuma Restaurant, Manchester

Dec 24, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Azuma Restaurant, Manchester

Manchester is famous for its Chinese restaurants. So why are they so hit and miss? 

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