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Theatre Review: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Manchester Opera House

December 10, 2019 No Comments

The trick to pulling off a really great pantomime is balance.

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Mr Popper's Penguins at Sale Waterside Arts Centre Tuesday 26th Nov - Tues 31st Dec 2019

Festive Theatre Review: Mr Popper’s Penguins, Sale Waterside

December 9, 2019 No Comments

In recent years Sale Waterside has built a mighty reputation for its family-friendly Christmas shows, often in association with Pins & Needles Productions, punching well above their weight with the likes of The Bear and Father Christmas.

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Review – Marvel Universe Live!: Age of Heroes, Manchester Arena

November 29, 2019 No Comments

In these trying times, you’d be forgiven for wanting to spend a few years living under a big rock on a remote island.

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Review: Tom Gates Live on Stage!, Manchester Opera House

November 26, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Tom Gates Live on Stage!, Manchester Opera House

For several years now, the Tom Gates books by Liz Pichon have been all the rage in primary schools across the land.

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Ibérica, Spinningfields, Manchester

Food Review: Ibérica, Spinningfields, Manchester

November 20, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Ibérica, Spinningfields, Manchester

Tapas, so the legend goes, started out as Spanish bar food, designed to keep drinkers fed and therefore sitting at the bar.

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Book Review – Have a Bleedin Guess: The Story of Hex Enduction

November 16, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review – Have a Bleedin Guess: The Story of Hex Enduction

Albums are now commonly accepted as a bona fide art form, but make no mistake, some are more bona fide than others.

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Count Arthur Strong

Review: Is There Anybody Out There? The Lowry, Salford

October 30, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Is There Anybody Out There? The Lowry, Salford

Last month, when Northern Soul spoke to Steve Delaney of Count Arthur Strong fame about his current tour, he confessed: “It’s just Arthur’s stream of consciousness, really… In a sense it’s difficult for me to explain what a live show’s about.

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The Day Shall Come

Film Review: The Day Shall Come

October 12, 2019 Comments Off on Film Review: The Day Shall Come

When Chris Morris made his first feature film, Four Lions, back in 2010, it felt like an unexpected move, albeit within a career full of unexpected moves.

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Theatre Review: A Taste of Honey, The Lowry, Salford

September 23, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: A Taste of Honey, The Lowry, Salford

Down the decades, Salford has had a tempestuous relationship with its playwright progeny Shelagh Delaney.

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Tastes of Honey: Shelagh Delaney biographer Selina Todd talks to Northern Soul

September 20, 2019 Comments Off on Tastes of Honey: Shelagh Delaney biographer Selina Todd talks to Northern Soul

In April 1958, London-based theatre director Joan Littlewood received a package in the post from 19-year-old Shelagh Delaney of Duchy Road, Salford.

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