Northern Soul

Author: Marissa Burgess

Sooty

Northern Soul interviews Sooty, a very Northern bear

December 24, 2013 Comments Off on Northern Soul interviews Sooty, a very Northern bear

Due to Sooty’s lack of opposable thumbs and his penchant for communicating via the medium of whispering into someone’s ear, when I called him it was Richard Cadell – Sooty’s right hand man – who answered the phone.

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Bo Burnham

Bo Burnham Comes of Age

November 13, 2013 Comments Off on Bo Burnham Comes of Age

Back in 2010 the nearly 20-year-old Bo Burnham performed a brief teaser set during the Pleasance press showcase at the Edinburgh Fringe. Seasoned critics in the audience – myself included – had already heard great things about the Massachusetts-born comedian, but he blew us away regardless.

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90 Degree Citizen at Manchester Museum

October 22, 2013 Comments Off on 90 Degree Citizen at Manchester Museum

Beginning in the foyer and spreading towards the café at Manchester Museum is an exhibition of some significance.

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Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas Stirs It Up

October 10, 2013 Comments Off on Mark Thomas Stirs It Up

There’s a video on Mark Thomas‘ website featuring the rather jolly sight of people singing in an Apple store. It seems remarkable that – considering this was a protest against Apple’s tax arrangements – it took staff around six or seven minutes to chuck them out.

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Hitchhiker's Guide

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

October 9, 2013 Comments Off on The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Back in the summer of 1981 when the more patriotic section of the country were digging out the bunting in readiness for Charles and Di’s marital knees up, the eight-year-old me bore witness to a far more interesting spectacle.

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Marcel Lucont

Professional Frenchman or stand-up comic? Northern Soul finds out

September 30, 2013 Comments Off on Professional Frenchman or stand-up comic? Northern Soul finds out

This Autumn it seems us northern English are supremely lucky to be in receipt of a series of talks from professional Frenchman, Marcel Lucont.

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Fringe

Fringe Benefits

August 28, 2013 Comments Off on Fringe Benefits

It’s a long August spent at the Edinburgh Fringe. I keep looking wistfully back at the first show I saw, the memory fuzzy like one from my distant past. What, it was only the beginning of the month?

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Pushing The Boat Out at The Whitworth

July 8, 2013 Comments Off on Pushing The Boat Out at The Whitworth

There’s nothing quite like having an international festival on your doorstep to make you feel a bit of national importance.There’s even people up from London for Christ’s sake, people who’ve got on a train to get here and everything!

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Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Rocky Horror Show at The Palace, Manchester

June 18, 2013 Comments Off on The Rocky Horror Show at The Palace, Manchester

If I was going to dress up as any character in The Rocky Horror Show, I always thought it would be Magenta. For many years we shared the same style: a back-combed mop, too much eye make-up, fish nets. All I really had to do was find a French maid’s outfit.

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