Northern Soul

Author: Drew Tosh

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‘Joy Division ripped off orchestras to make our sound bigger’ Peter Hook talks to Northern Soul

September 21, 2022 Comments Off on ‘Joy Division ripped off orchestras to make our sound bigger’ Peter Hook talks to Northern Soul

If Coronation Street is the go-to Manchester reference for TV, then legendary bassist Peter Hook (‘Hooky’) must be the musical equivalent.

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‘The financial return for every pound put into the arts is more than agriculture’

June 23, 2022 Comments Off on ‘The financial return for every pound put into the arts is more than agriculture’

As a result of the pandemic, Manchester-based LGBTQ+ theatre company Green Carnation was on the verge of calling it a day.

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“You hope your songs can weave their way into people’s lives.” Marti Pellow talks to Northern Soul

April 13, 2022 Comments Off on “You hope your songs can weave their way into people’s lives.” Marti Pellow talks to Northern Soul

Marti Pellow has come a long way from the cheery-faced lead singer with Scots pop stars Wet Wet Wet in the 1980s and 90s.

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Clare Grogan

“I’m still the same person I was back then.” Altered Images singer Clare Grogan talks to Northern Soul

March 1, 2022 Comments Off on “I’m still the same person I was back then.” Altered Images singer Clare Grogan talks to Northern Soul

If Channel 5’s Friday music documentaries are to be believed, the 80s was the best decade for music.

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PROTEST! Drew Tosh recalls his conversations with Derek Jarman as a major retrospective opens in Manchester

December 23, 2021 Comments Off on PROTEST! Drew Tosh recalls his conversations with Derek Jarman as a major retrospective opens in Manchester

At the risk of sounding like Golden Girl Sophia Petrillo…picture it. Glasgow, February 1992.

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“We can’t all be from rich families and go to RADA.” Samantha Womack talks to Northern Soul

December 8, 2021 Comments Off on “We can’t all be from rich families and go to RADA.” Samantha Womack talks to Northern Soul

Versatility is the key to surviving as an actor. With a CV ranging from Guys and Dolls and the Kingsman films to EastEnders and even Eurovision, Samantha Womack has barely stopped working during the past 30 years with high-profile roles in TV, film and theatre.

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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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Julie Hesmondhalgh

“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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