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Author: Kevin Bourke

Review: The Addams Family, The Lowry, Salford

September 1, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Addams Family, The Lowry, Salford

The Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Wednesday, Pugsley, Grandma and Lurch we see in this musical comedy adaptation of Charles Addams’ celebrated New Yorker cartoons, via the 60s TV series and the 90s films, are not so much creepy, mysterious or spooky as ‘differently decent’ upholders of Addams Family values.

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PIPPIN The Musical

Review: PIPPIN The Musical, Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

August 30, 2017 Comments Off on Review: PIPPIN The Musical, Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

On the face of it, it’s difficult to see why PIPPIN The Musical is not better known on this side of the Pond given it boasts music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, whose stage hits include Godspell and Wicked as well as a latter-day stint as a composer on such Disney animations as Pocahontas.

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We Were Told There Was Dancing, Royal Exchange, Manchester

Review: We Were Told There Was Dancing, Royal Exchange Young Company, Royal Exchange, Manchester

August 21, 2017 Comments Off on Review: We Were Told There Was Dancing, Royal Exchange Young Company, Royal Exchange, Manchester

The starting point for this Royal Exchange Young Company production, directed by Matt Hassall and created by the Manchester Theatre Award-winning company to note fifty years after the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, was the question “what is it to live in a world that denies you your most simple human right – to feel love, to share love and to be in love?”

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Review: A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, Heaton Park and Hall

July 22, 2017 Comments Off on Review: A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, Heaton Park and Hall
 
The passion, heart and indomitable spirit of adventure in all of Feelgood‘s work has made them a vital part of Manchester’s independent theatre scene since their very first show more than 20 years ago. Since then, their promenade shows in Heaton Park have proved to be one of the most loved aspects of their work.
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Caroline Clegg from Feelgood Theatre talks about A Midsummer Night’s Dream

July 19, 2017 Comments Off on Caroline Clegg from Feelgood Theatre talks about A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Caroline Clegg, the founder and driving force behind the award-winning Feelgood Theatre, would be the last to deny that the company has had its ups and down over the years since the first show in 1994.

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Ceremony (photo credit: Manchester International Festival)

Review: Ceremony, Manchester International Festival

July 19, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Ceremony, Manchester International Festival

“In harrowing times for so many, it’s more important than ever to remember Engels’ legacy – and the spirit of solidarity and dignity which beats at its core,” observed Turner Prize-nominated artist Phil Collins.

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Stax records

Stax Records: the legend lives on in a new generation

July 7, 2017 Comments Off on Stax Records: the legend lives on in a new generation

The description ‘legendary’ tends to get bandied around a lot in the mostly preposterous world of popular music.

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Northern Soul chats to the brains behind Storyhouse, Chester’s new arts centre

June 28, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul chats to the brains behind Storyhouse, Chester’s new arts centre

By chance I found myself sitting next to Sam Dixon, the leader of Chester Council, at The Beggar’s Opera, the official opening performance for the city’s spanking new arts centre Storyhouse.

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The Dukes new Artistic Director, Sarah Punshon

Sarah Punshon, the new artistic director of The Dukes in Lancaster, talks diversity and a disregard for boundaries

June 19, 2017 Comments Off on Sarah Punshon, the new artistic director of The Dukes in Lancaster, talks diversity and a disregard for boundaries

“It’s hard to put me in a box because my career has been so varied, which makes me a great match for The Dukes,” says Sarah Punshon, the new artistic director of the Lancaster venue

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Rose, by Martin Sherman

Review: Rose, HOME, Manchester

June 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Rose, HOME, Manchester

Rose is by Martin Sherman, a playwright who’s perhaps best-known for his Pulitzer Prize-nominated play Bent exploring the persecution of homosexuals during the Holocaust.

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