Northern Soul

Author: Kevin Bourke

Close the Coalhouse Door at Oldham Coliseum

June 29, 2014 Comments Off on Close the Coalhouse Door at Oldham Coliseum

A couple of years ago I saw a terrific version of this emotive Alan Plater play-with-music produced by Newcastle-based Northern Stage which I thought could well be unsurpassable.

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An August Bank Holiday Lark

June 12, 2014 Comments Off on An August Bank Holiday Lark

According to writer Deborah McAndrew, her brief for this show from Northern Broadsides’s Barrie Rutter went something like “I want a play for the First World War Centenary in 2014

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Emma Jane Unsworth. Photo by Chris Payne.

Emma Jane Unsworth tells Northern Soul about her delightfully decadent second novel, Animals

June 7, 2014 Comments Off on Emma Jane Unsworth tells Northern Soul about her delightfully decadent second novel, Animals

It’s an old trick in the publishing world to get a few high-profile pals of the author to say something pithy and nice about the book then plaster them somewhere prominent on the book jacket.

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Enjoy at the West Yorkshire Playhouse

May 23, 2014 Comments Off on Enjoy at the West Yorkshire Playhouse

‘Dark’, ‘strange’ and ‘disquieting’ are not descriptions you tend to hear in reviews of Alan Bennett plays

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Hope Place at Liverpool Everyman (c) Jonathan Keenan

Hope, heartache and, er, cats, on Hope Place at Liverpool Everyman

May 16, 2014 Comments Off on Hope, heartache and, er, cats, on Hope Place at Liverpool Everyman

Liverpool Everyman is so serious about its commitment to relevant new writing that artistic director Gemma Bodinetz considered Birkenhead-born writer Michael Wynne’s “story of myths, memories and family secrets” as the opening piece for the reborn theatre.

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Blues & Gospel Train Sister Rosetta Tharpe

The Blues and Gospel Tram

May 14, 2014 Comments Off on The Blues and Gospel Tram

These days the Blues is pretty much universally acknowledged as integral to the world’s music DNA. Even ad men get it.

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Bellowhead at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Bellowhead: a decade of decadence

April 25, 2014 Comments Off on Bellowhead: a decade of decadence

A few weeks ago, Spiers & Boden played at the Royal Northern College of Music as part of their final tour as a duo.

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Walter Meierjohann (photo by Graeme Cooper)

A HOME for contemporary theatre for a contemporary audience

April 21, 2014 Comments Off on A HOME for contemporary theatre for a contemporary audience

HOME will bring something radically different to Manchester’s thriving theatre scene.

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L-R Al Weaver & Mathew Horne - The Pride - Trafalgar Studios - Photo Marc Brenner

The Pride

January 21, 2014 Comments Off on The Pride

Having picked up a number of awards during its run in London, Alexi Kaye Campbell’s play is part of a concerted attempt by theatre owners Ambassador Theatre Group to break the stranglehold of big-budget extravaganzas and feel-good musicals in theatres like theirs, reintroducing ‘proper’ drama alongside the big shows.

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West Side Story. The Tour

West Side Story

December 13, 2013 Comments Off on West Side Story

Touring a classic musical – and West Side Story surely is one of the few undisputed classics – can be a bit of a double-edged sword.

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