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All Star Lanes, Manchester

Review: Bowling and Christmas Food at All Star Lanes, Manchester

December 15, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Bowling and Christmas Food at All Star Lanes, Manchester

“I’ve let my parents down. My son down. In fact, sorry to everyone who knows me.”

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Review: Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, HOME, Manchester

December 9, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, HOME, Manchester

There seems to be a glut of Red Riding Hood productions this Christmas.

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“I arrived at the count thinking, blummin’ eck.” James Frith, MP for Bury North, talks to Northern Soul

November 27, 2017 Comments Off on “I arrived at the count thinking, blummin’ eck.” James Frith, MP for Bury North, talks to Northern Soul

It was one of the gloomiest nights of my life.

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“However unhappy you are, you can always escape into a book.” Claire Tomalin talks to Northern Soul

November 20, 2017 Comments Off on “However unhappy you are, you can always escape into a book.” Claire Tomalin talks to Northern Soul

The last time I saw Claire Tomalin in Manchester she was battling some sort of rave act in order to be heard.

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Review: Tattu, Manchester

November 11, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Tattu, Manchester

Depending on your point of view, this is either the best name ever for a restaurant or a bit weird.

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Review: Afternoon Tea at Cloud 23, Manchester Hilton

November 11, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Afternoon Tea at Cloud 23, Manchester Hilton

Rejoice! There’s an afternoon tea offering in Manchester that eschews crustless cucumber sandwiches and dry scones. It’s the autumnal-themed tea at Hilton Deansgate.

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Review: The Greatest Play in the History of the World…, Royal Exchange, Manchester

November 11, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Greatest Play in the History of the World…, Royal Exchange, Manchester

Julie Hesmondhalgh knows a fair bit about famous streets.

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Review: Slava’s Snow Show, The Lowry, Salford

October 30, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Slava’s Snow Show, The Lowry, Salford

The real low point was the person in the seat behind sneezing on the back of my neck. 

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RET Our Town Rehersals . Sarah Frankcom

“Keeping theatre fresh is about taking risks.” Sarah Frankcom, artistic director of the Royal Exchange

October 3, 2017 Comments Off on “Keeping theatre fresh is about taking risks.” Sarah Frankcom, artistic director of the Royal Exchange

I have an enduring memory of a production of King Lear. I think it was a school trip, probably because the play was on the curriculum.

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I thought rampant sexism was a thing of the past. I was wrong.

September 7, 2017 Comments Off on I thought rampant sexism was a thing of the past. I was wrong.

When I was a 20-something cub reporter in the late 90s and early noughties, sexism was rife. And I don’t just mean in journalism, although there was plenty to speak of. 

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