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Author: Lucia Cox

Henry IV Part II

Review: Henry IV Parts I & II by the RSC

October 25, 2014 Comments Off on Review: Henry IV Parts I & II by the RSC

It’s the early 15th century and King Henry IV is King of England. His son, Prince Harry (Hal) is bothered by his lot and their strained relationship forms one part of the story.

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Lip Sevice

Review: Lip Service presents The Picture of Doreen Gray

October 23, 2014 Comments Off on Review: Lip Service presents The Picture of Doreen Gray

Good writing is all about putting characters into testing situations. Same goes for great comedy.

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Gregory Doran

RSC Artistic Director Greg Doran talks to Northern Soul

October 21, 2014 Comments Off on RSC Artistic Director Greg Doran talks to Northern Soul

Gregory Doran is passionate about Shakespeare. From his schoolteacher’s enthusiasm for the subject to becoming artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Doran is the boy most likely to succeed when it comes to putting on a good show.

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Early One Morning, Octagon Theatre Bolton

Review: Early One Morning at the Bolton Octagon

October 20, 2014 Comments Off on Review: Early One Morning at the Bolton Octagon

Early One Morning. It sounds like the opening of a folk song and, as is often the case in folk songs, there is a truth to be told; storytelling passed from generation to generation which celebrates love and makes sense of what is often a cruel world.

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Lisa Dwan as the mouth in Not I, by Samuel Beckett

Beckett is the new black: actor Lisa Dwan talks to Northern Soul

September 27, 2014 Comments Off on Beckett is the new black: actor Lisa Dwan talks to Northern Soul

Friends of mine tell me two things about the colour black and its significance in theatre and performance.

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Tobias Batley as Dracula and Jessica Morgan, Hannah Bateman and Antoinette Brooks-Daw as the Brides of Dracula in Northern Ballet's Dracula. Photo Justin Slee

Review: Ballet with Bite thanks to Northern Ballet’s Dracula

September 24, 2014 Comments Off on Review: Ballet with Bite thanks to Northern Ballet’s Dracula

In 1993 at the pliant age of 17, I went to Bury flicks with my cousin Claire to watch Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

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Journey's End at Bolton Octagon

Review: Journey’s End at Bolton Octagon

September 24, 2014 Comments Off on Review: Journey’s End at Bolton Octagon

Commemorations of the First World War – there’s a lot of them about and for some, despite the poignancy, the saturation of the subject can be off-putting.

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GB Theatre Company

All The Lawns a stage…in Manchester’s Spinningfields

August 2, 2014 Comments Off on All The Lawns a stage…in Manchester’s Spinningfields

Spinningfields was the setting for the GB Theatre Company’s double bill of Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors and Macbeth offering al fresco entertainment on The Lawns in Manchester.

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David Slack Chris Payne

Northern Soul talks to David Slack, producer of the 24:7 Theatre Festival

July 18, 2014 Comments Off on Northern Soul talks to David Slack, producer of the 24:7 Theatre Festival

After spending time over the last few years at venues such as The Midland Hotel, Sasha’s Hotel, the 3Minute Theatre and 2022NQ, the 24:7 Theatre Festival, which celebrates emerging writing, directing, producing and acting talent, has returned to its cultural home of New Century House.

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Billy Liar at Manchester’s Royal Exchange

June 19, 2014 Comments Off on Billy Liar at Manchester’s Royal Exchange

I have a confession to make. I tell lies.

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