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“The Stone Roses never wrote any songs about Timperley.” Director Steve Sullivan talks about Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story

April 1, 2019 Comments Off on “The Stone Roses never wrote any songs about Timperley.” Director Steve Sullivan talks about Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story

When he was growing up in Preston, Steve Sullivan couldn’t say for sure that Timperley was even a real place.

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Review: Escape Hunt’s Doctor Who – Worlds Collide, Manchester

March 27, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Escape Hunt’s Doctor Who – Worlds Collide, Manchester

Admittedly not everyone would want to spend an hour locked in a room with several Doctor Who fans. But speaking as a life-long ardent fan of the show, I couldn’t wait.

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Food Review: El Gato Negro, King St, Manchester

March 10, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: El Gato Negro, King St, Manchester

Back in the olden dias, seeking out Spanish cuisine in Manchester city centre entailed a visit to La Tasca or the venerable El Rincon.

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Film Review: Being Frank

March 2, 2019 Comments Off on Film Review: Being Frank

Let’s be honest, the character of Frank Sidebottom could be marmitey.

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Theatre Review: Billionaire Boy – The Musical, The Lowry, Salford

February 18, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Billionaire Boy – The Musical, The Lowry, Salford

Whenever two or three children’s authors are gathered together, they tend to start bitching about David Walliams.

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Review: Hallé Pops – The Magical Music of Harry Potter, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

February 6, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Hallé Pops – The Magical Music of Harry Potter, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

When you go to see an orchestra play, it’s a feast for the eyes as well as the ears.

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“A celebration of the resilience of the Mancunian spirit.” CP Lee talks about Manchester: A City United in Music

February 3, 2019 Comments Off on “A celebration of the resilience of the Mancunian spirit.” CP Lee talks about Manchester: A City United in Music

On May 25, 2017, three days after the Manchester Arena bombing, there was an extraordinary moment in nearby St Ann’s Square when the crowd gathering to mourn the victims broke into a spontaneous rendition of Oasis’ Don’t Look Back in Anger.

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“We’re all thinking differently now.” Women in film at Manchester’s HOME

February 1, 2019 Comments Off on “We’re all thinking differently now.” Women in film at Manchester’s HOME

The topic of gender inequality in the film industry is a headline-grabbing, hashtag-generating one, and plainly there’s much work to be done to redress it.

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Theatre Review: The Grand Old Dame of York, York Theatre Royal

December 17, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Grand Old Dame of York, York Theatre Royal

This year’s York Theatre Royal pantomime concerns the Motley family’s attempts to protect their mother Molly from the dastardly Les Miserable who means to knock her off as the last source of hilarity in a joyless kingdom, with only the help of the brave fairies of the Land of Lovely Thoughts to blah blah blah. 

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Review: Julia Holter, Gorilla, Manchester

December 13, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Julia Holter, Gorilla, Manchester

When Julia Holter last played Gorilla in February 2016, she was touring her Have You in My Wilderness album, an unexpectedly poppy proposition relative to her previous work.

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