Northern Soul

Author: Robert Hamilton

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Film Review: Have a Nice Day

April 7, 2018 Comments Off on Film Review: Have a Nice Day

Have a Nice Day is something of an oddity.

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Review: Madama Butterfly and Un Ballo In Mascera, Opera North, The Lowry, Salford

March 14, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Madama Butterfly and Un Ballo In Mascera, Opera North, The Lowry, Salford

A red carpet was introduced at The Lowry for Opera North’s revival of Madama Butterfly by Puccini.

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Luo Wei, Wave Transmitter, install at CFCCA NOW show, image courtesy of on the brink studio

Review: NOW – A dialogue on female Chinese contemporary artists, CFCCA and HOME, Manchester

February 25, 2018 Comments Off on Review: NOW – A dialogue on female Chinese contemporary artists, CFCCA and HOME, Manchester

There’s an old saying in China that ‘women hold up half the sky’.

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Cendrillon - Music by Jules Massenet - Libretto by Henri Cain - RNCM Opera - 6th December 2017Conductor - Martin AndréDirector - Olivia FuchsDesigner - Yannis ThavorisLighting Designer - Matt Haskins

Review: Cinderella, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

December 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Cinderella, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

As I write, a real Cinderella story is being played out in the pages of the rabidly, sycophantically Royalist British press.

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A Week at the Opera: ‘Little Greats’, Opera North at The Lowry, Salford

November 23, 2017 Comments Off on A Week at the Opera: ‘Little Greats’, Opera North at The Lowry, Salford

Okay, three nights does not a week make – but why spoil a Marx Brothers’ pun for the sake of numerical accuracy?

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Mahiki, Great Northerners and Dirty Martinis: A Northern Soul Night Out

November 16, 2017 Comments Off on Mahiki, Great Northerners and Dirty Martinis: A Northern Soul Night Out

Let me say from the outset that my memory of the events I am about to recount is a little hazy.

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Herman Yau

“I’m an opportunist.” Hong Kong film director Herman Yau talks to Northern Soul

October 31, 2017 Comments Off on “I’m an opportunist.” Hong Kong film director Herman Yau talks to Northern Soul

“It is a social medium that has artistry. And a means of powerful communication, too.”

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Creative Visions: Hong Kong Cinema 1997-2017, HOME, Manchester

October 6, 2017 Comments Off on Creative Visions: Hong Kong Cinema 1997-2017, HOME, Manchester

Some 20 years ago, I remember watching the Royal Yacht Britannia sail out of Hong Kong harbour after the ceremonial handover of the territory to China to create the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

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Review: Iberica, Spinningfields, Manchester

September 4, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Iberica, Spinningfields, Manchester

On the cusp of September, on a fresh sunny afternoon, I made my way down to Iberica in Manchester’s Spinningfields to lunch with Northern Soul head honcho, Helen Nugent.

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Review: Randall & Aubin, Bridge Street, Manchester

August 4, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Randall & Aubin, Bridge Street, Manchester

In the not too distant future, my friend and I are hopefully moving into Manchester city centre.

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