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Author: Kevin Bourke

Palisander

Online Review: Palisander – Beware The Spider! National Centre for Early Music

May 13, 2020 Comments Off on Online Review: Palisander – Beware The Spider! National Centre for Early Music

There’s a certain delicious irony to the way that the York-based National Centre for Early Music (forced like so many other independent venues to temporarily close its doors to the public) has been leading the way with an enthusiastic embrace of that most contemporary of technologies, video streaming, to continue to celebrate the live performance of (mostly) medieval music.

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“We believe that access to culture is a fundamental part of a happy life.” The Good Book, Slung Low

May 11, 2020 Comments Off on “We believe that access to culture is a fundamental part of a happy life.” The Good Book, Slung Low

After relocating to the oldest working men’s club in Britain (The Holbeck in Leeds), the adventurous team at Slung Low established the Leeds People’s Theatre Company.

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“Just because someone’s fun, it doesn’t mean they’re not nefarious.” Steve Coogan and Michael Winterbottom talk about Greed

March 2, 2020 Comments Off on “Just because someone’s fun, it doesn’t mean they’re not nefarious.” Steve Coogan and Michael Winterbottom talk about Greed

Steve Coogan’s film career has been a hit-and-miss affair.

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Review: Ute Lemper, Rendezvous with Marlene, RNCM, Manchester

February 6, 2020 Comments Off on Review: Ute Lemper, Rendezvous with Marlene, RNCM, Manchester

It was 1987 in Paris and young cabaret performer Ute Lemper was opening as Sally Bowles in the stage musical Cabaret.

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Theatre Review: Night Of The Living Dead – Remix, Courtyard Theatre, Leeds Playhouse

January 30, 2020 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Night Of The Living Dead – Remix, Courtyard Theatre, Leeds Playhouse

In 1968, an independent horror movie called Night Of The Living Dead not only irrevocably changed the horror movie genre, but has since proved massively influential.

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Music Review: Vetiver/Treetop Flyers, YES, Manchester

December 9, 2019 Comments Off on Music Review: Vetiver/Treetop Flyers, YES, Manchester

I’m sure Andy Cabic, aka Vetiver, won’t mind me saying that when I had a quick transatlantic chat with him last week (as you do), he seemed distinctly nervous about performing this string of UK dates completely solo, particularly as the Up On High album hasn’t been out that long.

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Review: Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes, The Lowry, Salford

November 27, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes, The Lowry, Salford

For the past couple of decades Sir Matthew Bourne has been enthusiastically following his own enthusiasms and loves – often films – and transforming them into heart-on-sleeve, crowd-pleasing dance magic.

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Music Review: Rickie Lee Jones, RNCM, Manchester

November 3, 2019 Comments Off on Music Review: Rickie Lee Jones, RNCM, Manchester

“What do you think she’ll be singing? Will it be jazz? Or country?” an over-refreshed Scottish fan was asking anyone who’d listen just before Rickie Lee Jones took the stage.

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Theatre Review: The Exorcist, Manchester Opera House

October 26, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Exorcist, Manchester Opera House

When the first wave of so-called ‘movie brat’ film directors began to break through in the 70s, it often seemed to be with ingeniously crowd-pleasing adaptations of successful mass-market novels.

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Theatre Review: Curtains, Palace Theatre, Manchester

October 11, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Curtains, Palace Theatre, Manchester

A musical whodunnit, penned by John Kander and Fred Ebb, the redoubtable team behind Cabaret and Chicago, and starring the likeable comedian Jason Manford who has come a long way from collecting glasses at Manchester’s Buzz comedy and music club, Curtains has, on the face of it, got a lot going for it.

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