Author: Wendy Pratt
This is the first time that I’ve awarded all five of my closely guarded stars to a production.Read the full story..
There’s always something a bit weird about watching a play set in your home town, including an emotional response somewhere between pride and embarrassment when you hear the characters speak about the places that exist in real life.Read the full story..
“This is the first time that I’ve written a play with a house as the central character,” says Alan Ayckbourn of his new comedy, A Brief History of Women.Read the full story..
The simple, yet complicated relationships of women are often overlooked in theatre, unless it’s to make some sort of point, or a political score.Read the full story..
I’ve never been a fan of farce. In my head, farce equates to pouty-lipped Ooooooooh Vicar quips, buxom women ‘accidentally’ losing their clothes and a great deal of cringe-worthy sexual innuendo.Read the full story..
When you’re born and bred Yorkshire, there’s something very satisfying about watching a play where the characters have strong Yorkshire accents.Read the full story..
Northern Soul’s Poetry Correspondent, Wendy Pratt, talks to singer/songwriter Kathryn Williams about Hypoxia, an album written to mark the 50th anniversary of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar. Williams will be performing at the Manchester Literature Festival this weekend.Read the full story..
I get about a bit as a poet, travelling across the country to tiny venues in the back rooms of pubs where an audience of three or four are there for the open mic night and have never heard of me, let alone read my poetry.Read the full story..
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