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Paradise Factory

Manchester’s Paradise Factory opens its doors for the last time

August 23, 2014 Comments Off on Manchester’s Paradise Factory opens its doors for the last time

Twenty-one is an important birthday for anyone but what if you are one of the biggest clubs ever to grace Manchester’s scene? Then you celebrate in style. On the back of last year’s phenomenally successful 20th reunion party, Paradise Factory is going out with a bang. Northern Soul caught up with creator Peter Dalton.

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Pride: retelling the miners’ strike in tooth and claw

August 21, 2014 Comments Off on Pride: retelling the miners’ strike in tooth and claw

Billy Elliot was very deliberately set against the backdrop of the mid-80s miners’ strike, one of the most notoriously bitter confrontations in recent labour history, lest you might have overlooked or forgotten that fact in the light of its airbrushing in the stage musical version.

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Gay Edwardian

Cockadoodle: The Erogenous Art of Maurice Vellekoop

August 8, 2014 Comments Off on Cockadoodle: The Erogenous Art of Maurice Vellekoop

Bren O’Callaghan is visual art programme manager for Cornerhouse & HOME in Manchester. He’s also an independent producer, curator and artist-maker. His projects are known for a playful sense of wonder and innovation, intended to delight but also encourage dialogue and debate.

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Polari

Bona to Vada your Dolly Old Eek!

April 29, 2014 Comments Off on Bona to Vada your Dolly Old Eek!

Susan Lord, co-curator of a new exhibition about Polari at Bury Art Museum, writes for Northern Soul about the genesis of the project, its ground-breaking work and the importance of preserving the language for the gay community.

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L-R Al Weaver & Mathew Horne - The Pride - Trafalgar Studios - Photo Marc Brenner

The Pride

January 21, 2014 Comments Off on The Pride

Having picked up a number of awards during its run in London, Alexi Kaye Campbell’s play is part of a concerted attempt by theatre owners Ambassador Theatre Group to break the stranglehold of big-budget extravaganzas and feel-good musicals in theatres like theirs, reintroducing ‘proper’ drama alongside the big shows.

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Muslamic Love Story

Swapping Sides

November 2, 2013 Comments Off on Swapping Sides

By day Nick Ahad is the long-serving theatre critic of the Yorkshire Post. By night he is directing A Muslamic Love Story, which he has also written.

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Liverpool Gay Pride 2013 copyright Paul Jamieson

The Pride of Liverpool

August 20, 2013 Comments Off on The Pride of Liverpool

Northern Soul visited Liverpool’s Gay Pride earlier this month. Paul Jamieson was there to record it.

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Away from Home

Playing Away from Home

July 24, 2013 Comments Off on Playing Away from Home

I’m no stranger to one-person shows. They’re tough, tough to perform, tough to write and, if not handled well, tough to watch.

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Behind the Candelabra

Behind the Candelabra at Cornerhouse, Manchester

June 9, 2013 Comments Off on Behind the Candelabra at Cornerhouse, Manchester

There’s really no better way to spend a sunny, Sunday afternoon in Manchester in June – in my humble and correct opinion – than in the dark. Not everyone likes the sun, you know.

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