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Author: Kevin Bourke

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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Amaluna by Cirque du Soleil

Review: Amaluna, Cirque du Soleil, Manchester

September 9, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Amaluna, Cirque du Soleil, Manchester

So the Cirque is back in town – and how. Petulant critics of Cirque du Soleil may decry the scale and sophistication of the whole glossy operation but there’s no denying that they deliver a spectacular show full of the most awe-inspiring acts.

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Sunny Afternoon

Sunny Afternoon: we talk to playwright Joe Penhall and review the show

August 24, 2016 Comments Off on Sunny Afternoon: we talk to playwright Joe Penhall and review the show

Although I’m led to believe there were some loudmouthed Kinks fans who expected more of a singalong as well as, equally annoyingly, some professional reviewers who seemed smugly ignorant of the band’s substantial output, there are many reasons why Sunny Afternoon is so much more than just another jukebox musical.

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Little Sister

Mark Storor talks to Northern Soul about Little Sister at Manchester’s Royal Exchange

August 6, 2016 Comments Off on Mark Storor talks to Northern Soul about Little Sister at Manchester’s Royal Exchange

There may not be a specific, genre-fitting description for the art Mark Storor creates except to say, as the Royal Exchange does of its new collaboration with him, that he “makes work in a unique place between live art and theatre”.

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The Varnished Truth: Jean Patchett by Clifford Coffin, 1951. Condé Nast Archive New York © Condé Nast Inc.

Vogue’s century of style: Northern Soul goes behind the scenes

July 5, 2016 Comments Off on Vogue’s century of style: Northern Soul goes behind the scenes

Anyone who knows me will realise that any sharp intakes of breath I might elicit from passing fashionistas are considerably more likely to be gasps of horror than of approval.

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Rehearsal The Might Walzer Elliot Levey (Oliver Walzer) photo Jonathan Keenan

Preview: we talk to Howard Jacobson and the team behind The Mighty Walzer

July 5, 2016 Comments Off on Preview: we talk to Howard Jacobson and the team behind The Mighty Walzer

“Why it was that every Jewish boy growing up in Manchester in the 50s played table tennis with some degree of competence I can’t explain,” observes award-winning comic writer Howard Jacobson.

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Bird

Review: Bird, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

June 13, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Bird, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Katherine Chandler’s coming-of-age tale was the winner of a Judges’ Award in the 2013 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting.

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