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The Sage Gateshead at night credit Mark Savage

Sage Gateshead: Northern Soul talks to the boss

March 2, 2014 Comments Off on Sage Gateshead: Northern Soul talks to the boss

As a student in Newcastle in the early 1990s, a trip down the Quayside meant one of two things: drinking in Offshore (a pub that strongly resembled a smugglers’ tavern) or a (usually ill-advised) club night on the Tuxedo Royale, a floating former car ferry moored on the banks of the River Tyne.

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Suranne Jones as Orlando

Theatre at its most theatrical: the must-see production of Orlando

February 26, 2014 Comments Off on Theatre at its most theatrical: the must-see production of Orlando

Christ, Jesus, the Royal Exchange‘s production of Orlando is good.

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From Bridlington to Hollywood: Mark Herman talks films with Northern Soul

February 9, 2014 Comments Off on From Bridlington to Hollywood: Mark Herman talks films with Northern Soul

Mark Herman has been responsible for some of the most iconic British films of the past 20 years.

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Emily Portman by Elly Lucas

Emily Portman talks Womenfolk with Northern Soul

January 29, 2014 Comments Off on Emily Portman talks Womenfolk with Northern Soul

I can’t sing a note. Not one. It’s one of the myriad of reasons why I avoid karaoke like the plague.

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The Prince of the Pagodas Momoko Hirata as Princess Belle Sakura and Joseph Caley as the Salamander Prince photo Richard Battye (2)

Salamanders and Princesses: the Artistic Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet talks to Northern Soul

January 29, 2014 Comments Off on Salamanders and Princesses: the Artistic Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet talks to Northern Soul

If you had to name a composition by Benjamin Britten, I’m betting that The Prince of the Pagodas wouldn’t be your first choice.

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Christmas Markets-Sausages by Chris Payne

You Know You’re Having A Northern Christmas When….

December 25, 2013 Comments Off on You Know You’re Having A Northern Christmas When….

…all this stuff happens.

(Disclaimer: Christmas being what it is, some of these observations apply nationwide)

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James Brining

James Brining: The WY Playhouse’s Artistic Director talks to Northern Soul

December 17, 2013 Comments Off on James Brining: The WY Playhouse’s Artistic Director talks to Northern Soul

There are many journalistic fallbacks, those little turns of phrase employed by writers up against deadline or snowed under with work.

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How to be Northern

November 22, 2013 Comments Off on How to be Northern

Whether you’re looking to make the transition from Southerner to Northerner, returning to your roots after years in a non-Northern place or simply seeking a reconnection with your Northern heritage, here’s a guide about How to be Northern.

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War Horse

War Horse

November 21, 2013 Comments Off on War Horse

There are lots of things in life that don’t live up to the hype: Crunchie ice cream bars, Lost in Translation (so self-indulgent I fought the desire to gouge out my own eyes), Michael Owen, the time U2 did disco. I could go on.

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The Manchester Man

The Manchester Man

October 15, 2013 Comments Off on The Manchester Man

There’s a street in the heart of Manchester called ‘Scotland’. Just ‘Scotland’. Not Scotland Road, Scotland Street or Scotland Avenue. Where are you going? Oh, I’m going to Scotland, it’s right next to the River Irk and not far from Victoria Station.

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