Author: Kevin Bourke
“I think everyone’s going to say ‘wow’.” Northern Soul chats to bestselling thriller author Lee Child
With more than 100 million books sold in more than 100 publishing territories to date, it’s estimated that a Jack Reacher thriller is bought somewhere in the world every nine seconds.Read the full story..
Somewhat surprisingly, this is the first time the estate of Enid Blyton has authorised an adaptation of the very English adventures of The Secret Seven.Read the full story..
Early one cold and rainy February morning last year, Australian musician and Northern Soul favourite Emily Barker woke up in Nashville and got in her car for a journey to Memphis.Read the full story..
Widely regarded as one of the finest Broadway musicals of all time, this co-production between the Royal Exchange and Talawa Theatre Company of the great Guys and Dolls, first performed in 1950 and revived many times since, is notable for being the first in the UK to feature an all-black cast.Read the full story..
Manchester Theatre Award-winning collective Take Back Theatre, set up by actress Julie Hesmondhalgh, writer Rebekah (Becx) Harrison and visual artist Grant Archer in October 2015 as “an artistic response to the politics of austerity” has proved to be an astonishing Northern powerhouse of political theatre in its two years of life.Read the full story..
The Wipers Times, coming to Manchester Opera House at the end of October, tells the extraordinary true story of a satirical newspaper created in the midst of the mud and murderous mayhem of the Somme at the height of the First World War.Read the full story..
You may well have read our recent interview with David Agnew, director of the Manchester Folk Festival, where he talked about the exciting state of folk and acoustic music these days.Read the full story..
“This festival is about celebrating the range of great music described as folk.” David Agnew, director of Manchester Folk Festival
For several years, the Homegrown festival at Bury Met, with its associated Folk Expo industry event, has been one of the most significant dates on the international folk and roots music calendar.Read the full story..
Written by Rochdale-born Eileen Murphy to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the real events around the public hanging of the so-called ‘Manchester Martyrs’, this touring play from a new Rochdale-based company manages with surprising success to humanise what Murphy rightly characterises as “a huge, tragic and complicated event” whereby the struggle for Irish independence from the British Empire was played out in an English city, with consequences both national and international.Read the full story..
“When I look back at my records, I see it as like making movies or building houses.” Northern Soul talks to country music legend, Marty Stuart
“I guess you could say that my mom set the standard at kind of an unattainable place,” says Marty Stuart, one of the undisputed heroes of modern country music.Read the full story..
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