Author: Kevin Bourke
I intend no criticism of this hugely entertaining and enjoyable show by pointing out that it’s a highly romanticised version of the already-improbable true story of the Fisherman’s Friends, a group of seafaring neighbours and shanty-singers who (with one exception) grew up “within half a mile of Port Isaac harbour” in Cornwall.Read the full story..
Reflecting his own mercurial nature, it’s almost inevitable that any theatrical piece based around the songs of Bob Dylan would be something out of the ordinary.Read the full story..
Back when The Osmonds were in their ascendancy, I was in thrall to the considerably more credible likes of Led Zeppelin, The Byrds and, ahem, Quicksilver Messenger Service (come on, two out of three ain’t bad and in retrospect QMS actually had their moments).Read the full story..
First, the good news. Even though it’s yet another stage show based on an 80s hit film, Adrian Lyne’s glossy and controversial 1987 tale of an extra-marital affair gone horribly wrong hasn’t been inexplicably transformed into a musical (although I can see the attractions of some sort of ‘bunny boiler’ singalong).Read the full story..
Few people have had as great an impact on Manchester’s cultural landscape, primarily through his stewardship of the Library Theatre for 27 crucial years, as Chris Honer, who died on November 3 at Wythenshawe Hospital from complications due to bowel cancer.Read the full story..
Seeing half-remembered films from the 1980s turned into feel-good theatrical musicals has been a puzzling phenomenon of theatregoing in the past few years.Read the full story..
“Strong, broad-ranging music that tells social stories that mean something.” David Agnew, director of Manchester Folk Festival
Manchester is set to become the centre of the international folk world at the end of October.Read the full story..
There’s a new champion in town and it’s the bestselling crime author, Elly Griffiths.Read the full story..
“MIF has always been a festival like no other, with almost all the work being created especially for us in the months and years leading up to each festival edition. But who would have guessed two years ago what a changed world the artists making work for our 2021 festival would be working in?’Read the full story..
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