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Mark E Smith: A Tribute

January 26, 2018 Comments Off on Mark E Smith: A Tribute

Mark E Smith’s death at the age of 60 didn’t exactly come as a surprise.

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Graham Gouldman

Review: Graham Gouldman, Stoller Hall, Manchester

January 26, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Graham Gouldman, Stoller Hall, Manchester

Somehow, Salford-born songwriter Graham Gouldman remains an undervalued figure.

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Food Review: Stonemasons Arms, Timperley

January 16, 2018 Comments Off on Food Review: Stonemasons Arms, Timperley

It’s 1980.

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Jack Rosenthal

Great Northerners: Jack Rosenthal

January 8, 2018 Comments Off on Great Northerners: Jack Rosenthal

In a new series, we celebrate Great Northerners. For Northern Soul’s Andy Murray, it’s Jack Rosenthal. Who gets your vote?

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Detectorists

Detectorists: small-scale, low-key and utterly perfect

December 31, 2017 Comments Off on Detectorists: small-scale, low-key and utterly perfect

In a year when pure joy has generally been in short supply, the third series of the BBC sitcom Detectorists has been a cultural highlight.

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The Last Jedi

Film Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

December 18, 2017 Comments Off on Film Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Just two Christmasses ago, the prospect of a new Star Wars film felt like a gob-smacking novelty.

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AJ Powell and Ensemble - Jack & the Beanstalk. Photography by Anthony Robling

Review: Jack and the Beanstalk, York Theatre Royal

December 18, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Jack and the Beanstalk, York Theatre Royal

As Christmassy experiences go, there’s none Christmassier.

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The League of Gentlemen: why the time is right for revival

December 15, 2017 Comments Off on The League of Gentlemen: why the time is right for revival

Well, they did say ‘you’ll never leave’.

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Around the World in 80 Days

Review: Around the World in 80 Days, The Lowry, Salford

December 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Around the World in 80 Days, The Lowry, Salford

It’s been retold a hundred times but, as everyone knows, at the start of Jules Verne’s original novel the Victorian gentlemen Phileas Fogg makes a bet that he can cross the globe in, well, 80 days.

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The Bear by Raymond Briggs at Waterside Arts Centre Picture © Jason Lock Photography

Review: The Bear, Waterside Arts Centre, Sale

December 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Bear, Waterside Arts Centre, Sale

Sale Waterside has delivered some fine Christmas family shows in recent years, specialising in hand-crafted, smaller-scale work that punches above its weigh and delights younger audiences.

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