Northern Soul

Author: Marissa Burgess

Reuben Amarna and Leon Cooper, photo by Simon Mott

Feeling the Sci-Fi love: my first Comic Con

June 14, 2015 1 Comment

I’ve got a big, big confession to make – I’ve never seen the original Star Wars films.

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Review: Caitlin Moran at The Lowry, Salford

April 21, 2015 Comments Off on Review: Caitlin Moran at The Lowry, Salford

Before we start with this review it’s important to clarify a crucial point.

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Leonora Carrington, The Pomps of the Subsoil, 1947

Preview: Leonora Carrington at Tate Liverpool

February 20, 2015 Comments Off on Preview: Leonora Carrington at Tate Liverpool

Athough artist Leonora Carrington was one of our own – a Northerner no less, originally from Chorley – it comes as something of a surprise to learn how much better known she is in her adopted home of Mexico.

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Review: Spamalot at Manchester Opera House

January 21, 2015 Comments Off on Review: Spamalot at Manchester Opera House

Who would have thought that dear old Patsy would have third billing in the musical version of Monty Python’s The Holy Grail?

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Tony Law

Talking Monkeys on a Spaceship with Tony Law

November 14, 2014 Comments Off on Talking Monkeys on a Spaceship with Tony Law

“Roger, two one niner, crrrr, we got bogeys, we got bogeys. 12 o’clock. Red leader, Red leader…” While I’m making sure my dictaphone works, Canadian comedian Tony Law is helpfully quoting from Oliver Stone’s Platoon to test it out. “A lot of people know Shakespeare, not moi, left school early so er… memorised Platoon. That’s as good as Shakespeare isn’t it?”

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Behind The Scenes at the Imperial War Museum North

November 1, 2014 Comments Off on Behind The Scenes at the Imperial War Museum North

The First World War is a conflict which has remained rooted in our collective consciousness.

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Funz and Gamez

Manchester’s funniest excel at the Edinburgh Fringe

August 25, 2014 Comments Off on Manchester’s funniest excel at the Edinburgh Fringe

And so Edinburgh shrugs off its sequins and takes in the bunting as the Fringe comes to end once more.

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Monty Python Live

Monty Python Live (Mostly)

July 27, 2014 Comments Off on Monty Python Live (Mostly)

In the row in front is a studious looking teenager sandwiched between middle-aged mum and dad.

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The Stop UKIP Tour

Jonny & The Baptists

March 23, 2014 Comments Off on Jonny & The Baptists

I caught Jonny & The Baptists‘ show last year at the Edinburgh Fringe when I was on the panel of the Amused Moose Comedy Awards.

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Becoming Johnny Vegas – Mike Pennington’s autobiography

March 8, 2014 Comments Off on Becoming Johnny Vegas – Mike Pennington’s autobiography

I first spoke to Mike Pennington over the phone on my first day as comedy editor at Manchester’s late, lamented what’s on guide, CityLife.

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