Northern Soul

Author: Desmond Bullen

Blackpool Grand, Copyright © SeanConboy.com

125-years-old and still going strong: Blackpool Grand Theatre

April 18, 2019 No Comments

Set back from the Golden Mile, whose sand-blasted buildings break the winds that sweep in from the Irish Sea with the fury of banshees, the Grand Theatre has weathered much in its 125 years.

Share Button
Read the full story..

Frank Randle. Credit: Phil Williams.

Great Northerners: Frank Randle

April 13, 2019 No Comments

In this series, we celebrate Great Northerners. For Northern Soul‘s Desmond Bullen, it’s comedian and actor Frank Randle. Who gets your vote?

Share Button
Read the full story..

Book Review: Alan Turing’s Manchester by Jonathan Swinton

April 4, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review: Alan Turing’s Manchester by Jonathan Swinton

On the face of it, Manchester’s claims to Alan Turing are slender.

Share Button
Read the full story..

Jorge-Otero-Pailos_The-Ethics-of-Dust_web

Review: Joy for Ever, The Whitworth, Manchester

April 2, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Joy for Ever, The Whitworth, Manchester

It’s easy to have the last word when you’re arguing with a dead man. Or so you might think.

Share Button
Read the full story..

Peach

Book Review: Peach by Wayne Barton

March 15, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review: Peach by Wayne Barton

Typically, Fanny Price is the least well-loved of Austen’s heroines.

Share Button
Read the full story..

Rosie Garland

Review: International Women’s Day Event, Manchester Central Library

March 15, 2019 Comments Off on Review: International Women’s Day Event, Manchester Central Library

The clamour of the world scrolls incessantly, regurgitating received wisdoms about Brexit, Fleabag and Neverland.

Share Button
Read the full story..

Theatre Review: Ladybones, The Kings Arms, Salford

February 3, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Ladybones, The Kings Arms, Salford

It ends with an ovation.

Share Button
Read the full story..

Theatre Review: The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz, Octagon Theatre, University Of Bolton Stadium

December 7, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz, Octagon Theatre, University Of Bolton Stadium

Much like Dorothy, Bolton Octagon has been cast adrift from its moorings, although in a manner less dramatic than cyclonic updraft.

Share Button
Read the full story..

Review: Wicked, Palace Theatre, Manchester

December 7, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Wicked, Palace Theatre, Manchester

I could quibble.

Share Button
Read the full story..

A Version of the Truth

Book Review: A Version of the Truth by B.P. Walter

November 25, 2018 Comments Off on Book Review: A Version of the Truth by B.P. Walter

Appearances can be deceptive.

Share Button
Read the full story..