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Author: Kevin Bourke

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Review: The Unthanks, RNCM, Manchester

April 21, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Unthanks, RNCM, Manchester

One of the many fine and fascinating things about The Unthanks is how they manage to fearlessly represent the very epitome of the folk tradition yet at the same time are so extraordinarily adventurous.

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Review: The Commitments, Palace Theatre, Manchester

March 29, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Commitments, Palace Theatre, Manchester

It’s unlike me to be picky or to sound even vaguely like a music bore, but it doesn’t reflect well on any production when the programme is full of all sorts of howlers.

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Theatre Review: Bat out of Hell, Manchester Opera House

March 17, 2017 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Bat out of Hell, Manchester Opera House

Part of the strange charm of the original Bat Out Of Hell recording has always been that it was unashamedly grandiose and knowingly absurd, and that, lyrically and presentation-wise, it was also pretty funny.

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Review: Meat Pie, Sausage Roll, Oldham Coliseum

March 10, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Meat Pie, Sausage Roll, Oldham Coliseum

Anyone who knows me should be well aware that pretty much the extent of my interest, let alone prowess, in sport consists of being South London triple jump champion for about five minutes when I was 10-years-old.

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Murder, Margaret and Me, York Theatre Royal

Writer Philip Meeks talks about Miss Marple and adapting horror for the stage

February 25, 2017 Comments Off on Writer Philip Meeks talks about Miss Marple and adapting horror for the stage

In the early 1960s, two national treasures were the creative forces behind one of British cinema’s most successful franchises: the Miss Marple movies.

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Ten Streets - Liverpool's new creative district - CGI

Stage Around set to build 360-degree theatre in Liverpool regeneration project

February 7, 2017 Comments Off on Stage Around set to build 360-degree theatre in Liverpool regeneration project

Liverpool is to become home to the UK’s first revolving 360-degree Stage-Around Theatre as part of a multi-million pound programme to attract creative businesses to the Ten Streets district regeneration project.

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