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Author: Drew Tosh

Paul Holliday

Review: Paul Holliday, A Little Bit Sketchy, Polite Intervention Theatre, The Lowry Studio

October 19, 2021 Comments Off on Review: Paul Holliday, A Little Bit Sketchy, Polite Intervention Theatre, The Lowry Studio

Throughout lockdown, stand-up comedian Paul Holliday posted some of his character sketches online.

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“Being on stage is my happy place.” Julie Hesmondhalgh talks to Northern Soul

June 16, 2021 Comments Off on “Being on stage is my happy place.” Julie Hesmondhalgh talks to Northern Soul

It can be disheartening when someone you greatly admire turns out to be a bit of a let down. Thankfully, there was no chance of that happening with Julie Hesmondhalgh.

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“Our first night is bound to be emotional.” Anthony Prophet, co-owner of The Bowdon Rooms in Altrincham

April 20, 2021 Comments Off on “Our first night is bound to be emotional.” Anthony Prophet, co-owner of The Bowdon Rooms in Altrincham

It was two weeks before the first national COVID-19 lockdown came into force.

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“The industry will never fail because we bounce back.” RENT actress Maiya Quansah-Breed talks to Northern Soul

November 14, 2020 Comments Off on “The industry will never fail because we bounce back.” RENT actress Maiya Quansah-Breed talks to Northern Soul

*Since this interview took place, a second national lockdown has come into effect. As a result of these new restrictions, a live performance of RENT will now be available to access online. For more information, or to book tickets, visit the Hope Mill Theatre website.

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“It’s a fine line between forgetting history and learning from it.” Sarah Cronin-Stanley, Talking Pictures TV

November 2, 2020 Comments Off on “It’s a fine line between forgetting history and learning from it.” Sarah Cronin-Stanley, Talking Pictures TV

Fanatical about film is an understatement when describing the team behind a TV channel showing older, often forgotten movies.

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Paul Holliday

“If you can make people laugh you can make them do anything.” Comedian Paul Holliday talks to Northern Soul

October 24, 2020 Comments Off on “If you can make people laugh you can make them do anything.” Comedian Paul Holliday talks to Northern Soul

W.C. Fields said that “comedy is a serious business”. He knew what he was talking about.

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Telly Visions: the good, the bad and the downright bewildering

October 8, 2020 Comments Off on Telly Visions: the good, the bad and the downright bewildering

In a new series for Northern Soul, Drew Tosh casts his critical eye over the best – and worst – of what’s on the box. From the latest must-see comedy and bingeworthy crime dramas to cutting-edge series and ubiquitous reality shows, Telly Visions is your go-to column for all things TV.

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“They see an arts career as a waste of time.” Northern Soul talks to culture specialist Josh Wilkinson

September 27, 2020 Comments Off on “They see an arts career as a waste of time.” Northern Soul talks to culture specialist Josh Wilkinson

Disaffected youth is an oft-used phrase in the media.

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“We have to pull together.” Northern Soul talks to James Mason, CEO of Welcome to Yorkshire

July 23, 2020 Comments Off on “We have to pull together.” Northern Soul talks to James Mason, CEO of Welcome to Yorkshire

At the time of writing, the UK is slowly attempting to reclaim some semblance of normality.

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Coronavirus: will the arts survive? Northern arts practitioners and performers tell us their stories

July 18, 2020 Comments Off on Coronavirus: will the arts survive? Northern arts practitioners and performers tell us their stories

At the time of writing, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden had just announced that indoor live theatre performances can recommence on August 1.

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