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Author: Kevin Bourke

West Side Story. The Tour

From East to West: how one of the greatest ever musicals was made

December 5, 2013 Comments Off on From East to West: how one of the greatest ever musicals was made

I’m by no means the world’s biggest fan of musicals. But to have an undisputed classic like West Side Story coming into Manchester town just weeks after Singin’ In The Rain is surely enough to gladden the heart of the most curmudgeonly of critics.

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Scandi Crime Fiction Comes To Manchester

September 16, 2013 Comments Off on Scandi Crime Fiction Comes To Manchester

Jo Nesbø strides into a packed Manchester Town Hall Banqueting room looking as cool as the Johnny Cash of crime writing.

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My Darling Clementine

My Darling Clementine: Sheffield meets Memphis

September 12, 2013 Comments Off on My Darling Clementine: Sheffield meets Memphis

Back in the 60s, the likes of George Jones & Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton & Porter Waggoner, as well as Johnny Cash & June Carter would take fascinated listeners behind closed doors for songs of love and hate, betrayal, regret, anger, guilt, revenge and hurt.

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Naked Ambition at The Calder

September 5, 2013 Comments Off on Naked Ambition at The Calder

So there I am at the press opening of The Calder, The Hepworth Wakefield’s new contemporary art space, sipping tea and chatting idly with The Guardian’s Martin Wainwright. As casually as you like, a naked young man wanders over and perches yards away from us on an old jet engine.

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It Would Be A Crime to Miss It

August 9, 2013 Comments Off on It Would Be A Crime to Miss It

Bill Clinton, it is alleged, once described the Hay-on-Wye book festival as the “Woodstock of the mind,” a proposition that would presumably make the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate the “Woodstock of the criminal mind”.

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Manchester Jazz Festival

July 27, 2013 Comments Off on Manchester Jazz Festival

With the 24:7 Theatre Festival winding down this weekend and Manchester International Festival a fond memory, what’s a bereft festival fan to do? Why, check out the daddy of Manchester festivals, that’s what.

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Firing On All Cylinders: The Boss Delivers

July 26, 2013 Comments Off on Firing On All Cylinders: The Boss Delivers

“It ain’t no sin to be glad you’re alive” is a phrase from Bruce Springsteen‘s song Badlands that, for various reasons, has been haunting me lately.

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New Dawn Fades – The Story of Joy Division

July 16, 2013 Comments Off on New Dawn Fades – The Story of Joy Division

There’s more than a little irony in the fact that a subsequent generation seems to be just as fascinated by the ‘romantic’ early death of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis as he himself was with the likes of Jim Morrison.

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The Machine

July 13, 2013 Comments Off on The Machine

As Salford-born Josie Rourke, director of this Manchester International Festival drama, observes “A play about chess sounds almost terrifyingly dull.

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The Old Woman

July 6, 2013 Comments Off on The Old Woman

Now this is what makes the Manchester International Festival cool. Let a visionary director loose on an obviously wild and crazy, but absolutely dazzling, idea, with defiantly large-scale production values and determined support.

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