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Author: Kevin Bourke

Emma Beattie (Judy), Scott Reid (Christopher Boone) NT Curious Incident Tour 2017. Photo by BrinkhoffM+Âgenburg

Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Lowry, Salford

January 27, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Lowry, Salford

Over the past few years, The Lowry has become the spiritual home of this fiendishly clever and entertaining adaptation by Stockport-born writer Simon Stephens of Mark Haddon’s best-selling book, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

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Eliza Collins & Scott Reid (Christopher Boone) NT Curious Incident Tour 2017. Photo by BrinkhoffM+Âgenburg

Playwright Simon Stephens talks about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

January 25, 2017 Comments Off on Playwright Simon Stephens talks about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Manchester and the North have always had a close relationship with the National Theatre’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

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Review: The Red Shoes, The Lowry, Salford

December 1, 2016 Comments Off on Review: The Red Shoes, The Lowry, Salford

You’ve got to love Matthew (now Sir Matthew) Bourne, haven’t you?

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RSC director Christopher Luscombe talks to Northern Soul

November 25, 2016 Comments Off on RSC director Christopher Luscombe talks to Northern Soul

When the Royal Shakespeare Company’s pairing of Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing (also known as Love’s Labour’s Won) arrives at Manchester Opera House, director Christopher Luscombe is hopeful that not only will there be a repeat of the Chichester Festival success but also his directorial triumph at the same venue recently with the rather different Rocky Horror Show.

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Review: Ghosts, HOME, Manchester

November 25, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Ghosts, HOME, Manchester

Where else but Manchester’s HOME would you be able to watch Jim Jarmusch’s thrilling documentary on The Stooges, one of the most significant and visceral bands in the history of rock ‘n’ roll, then enjoy a couple of refreshing adult beverages with friends before attending a brand new and startlingly in-your-face version of European theatrical classic Ghosts?

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The Small Glories talk folk music with Northern Soul

November 15, 2016 Comments Off on The Small Glories talk folk music with Northern Soul

There are nearly as many ways for a group to get together as there are groups of people making music.

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Review: JB Shorts, Manchester

November 5, 2016 Comments Off on Review: JB Shorts, Manchester

JB Shorts’ hugely popular formula of ‘six 15-minute plays by top TV writers’ has been attracting thousands of Manchester theatregoers to the basement of Joshua Brooks since 2009.

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“Theatre and film can effect social change” Playwright and actress Laura Lindsay talks to Northern Soul

November 3, 2016 Comments Off on “Theatre and film can effect social change” Playwright and actress Laura Lindsay talks to Northern Soul

Laura Lindsay was part of the Manchester Theatre Award-winning ensemble cast of The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice. This week at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre, and then on tour, she’s also demonstrating her writing and production skills with a new play Parallel.

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Rufus Hound in Wind in the Willows

Taking on Toad: Rufus Hound talks to Northern Soul about Wind in the Willows

October 25, 2016 Comments Off on Taking on Toad: Rufus Hound talks to Northern Soul about Wind in the Willows

By any standards, launching a big-budget musical is a huge risk. Nor do you make it any easier for yourself by basing said musical on a much-loved property (mess with cherished notions or characters and you can come a cropper).

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Review: Wish List, Royal Exchange, Manchester

September 30, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Wish List, Royal Exchange, Manchester

When he announced Katherine Soper’s play as the winner of the 2015 Bruntwood Prize For Playwriting, judge Sir Nicholas Hytner hailed it as a work of “such eloquence, such quiet craft, such dignity and such compassion”.

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