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Author: Kevin Bourke

“I’ve grown old with Rebus.” Northern Soul talks to best-selling crime author Ian Rankin

October 15, 2018 Comments Off on “I’ve grown old with Rebus.” Northern Soul talks to best-selling crime author Ian Rankin

When the best-selling crime writer Ian Rankin brings his Investigating Murder: An Evening with Ian Rankin to Manchester’s HOME, the intention, he says, is not simply to talk about his new book In A House Of Lies (incidentally, one of the best thrillers of the year if you ask me) then sign some copies.

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Review: Everything that happened and would happen, Mayfield, Manchester

October 11, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Everything that happened and would happen, Mayfield, Manchester

Before you’ve even stepped properly inside Everything that happened and would happen there’s a palpable sense of awe, not to say slight intimidation, at the setting.

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Theatre Review: Dishoom! at Oldham Coliseum

October 6, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Dishoom! at Oldham Coliseum

Dishoom! is the sound of a punch or a bullet from 70s Bollywood films, much like ‘Kapow!’ from American comic books.

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Theatre Review: Queen Margaret, Royal Exchange, Manchester

September 20, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Queen Margaret, Royal Exchange, Manchester

Typical. You wait ages for a Shakespeare mash-up on one of Manchester’s main stages then two come along at once.

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“I am an outsider.” Northern Soul talks to crime writer Will Dean about his debut Dark Pines

September 18, 2018 Comments Off on “I am an outsider.” Northern Soul talks to crime writer Will Dean about his debut Dark Pines

Will Dean’s Dark Pines is one of this year’s hottest crime debuts, and with a back story that’s nearly as intriguing as the book itself.

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Theatre Review: The Return of the Soldier, Hope Mill, Ancoats

September 14, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Return of the Soldier, Hope Mill, Ancoats

Rebecca West’s novella The Return of the Soldier, published in 1918 when she was just 25-years-old, was a striking debut.

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Review: Tipping Point/Switch, Upper Campfield, Manchester

August 20, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Tipping Point/Switch, Upper Campfield, Manchester

While its Oxford Road site is renovated, the ever-innovative Contact theatre is staging productions at partner venues.

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What Love Would Want

What Love Would Want: Lindsay Kemp and Tim Arnold chat to Northern Soul

July 3, 2018 Comments Off on What Love Would Want: Lindsay Kemp and Tim Arnold chat to Northern Soul

Somewhere out there in a lovingly mischievous, poly-morphously sexual world – where Ziggy Stardust meets The Wicker Man, Kate Bush sends flowers and Derek Jarman catches it all on film, while Marcel Marceau, Lou Reed, Ken Russell and Fellini are all waiting for the man – is where you might expect to come across legendary mime artist, dancer and self-proclaimed “poofter in pink tights”, Lindsay Kemp.

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“I think everyone’s going to say ‘wow’.” Northern Soul chats to bestselling thriller author Lee Child

February 25, 2018 Comments Off on “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.

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Review: The Secret Seven, Storyhouse, Chester

December 14, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Secret Seven, Storyhouse, Chester

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.

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