Northern Soul

Author: Kevin Bourke

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.

Share Button
Read the full story..

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.

Share Button
Read the full story..

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.

Share Button
Read the full story..

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

Share Button
Read the full story..

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.

Share Button
Read the full story..

Daphnes Flight

Northern Soul talks to Christine Collister from folk band Daphne’s Flight

May 19, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul talks to Christine Collister from folk band Daphne’s Flight

At around about the time of ‘the great roots rock scare’ of the 80s and early 90s, one of the most familiar faces and admired voices around the Manchester music scene was that of Helen Watson.

Share Button
Read the full story..

Review: La Strada, The Lowry, Salford

May 19, 2017 Comments Off on Review: La Strada, The Lowry, Salford

At a time when the sort of ‘classic’ film that’s adapted into a stage show is more likely than not to be some 70s or 80s confection with feelgood singalong potential, it’s cheering that La Strada, based on a genuine classic of world cinema, even exists.

Share Button
Read the full story..

From Shore to Shore/Piao Yang Guo Hai

Northern Soul talks the team behind From Shore to Shore/Piao Yang Guo Hai

May 13, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul talks the team behind From Shore to Shore/Piao Yang Guo Hai

From Shore to Shore/Piao Yang Guo Hai promises to be a unique event.

Share Button
Read the full story..

The cast of Winter Hill -Photo by Ray Jefferson, Bolton Camera Club- Winter Hill-057

Women writing, women talking, women directing, women acting: Winter Hill at Bolton Octagon

May 2, 2017 Comments Off on Women writing, women talking, women directing, women acting: Winter Hill at Bolton Octagon

Five years ago the head of the new writing department at Bolton’s Octagon Theatre decided, along with her counterparts at Manchester’s Royal Exchange and the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, to work with Salford University to co-deliver an MA course in playwriting.

Share Button
Read the full story..

Northern Soul chats to Rosie Fleeshman about family ties, Manchester Fringe and millennials

May 2, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul chats to Rosie Fleeshman about family ties, Manchester Fringe and millennials

Rosie Fleeshman is the youngest member of Manchester’s First Family Of Theatre.

Share Button
Read the full story..