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Exhibition Review: 100 Years of Council Housing, Manchester Central Library

January 15, 2020 Comments Off on Exhibition Review: 100 Years of Council Housing, Manchester Central Library

Manchester, a city which likes to tell itself it has always led the laggards elsewhere, was building municipal housing long before the introduction of the Addison Act in 1919.

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Canto, Ancoats, Manchester

Food Review: Canto, Ancoats, Manchester

December 21, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Canto, Ancoats, Manchester

It was a disgustingly wet Friday 13th and the day after the General Election when I found Helen Nugent, Editor of Northern Soul, at the bar of Canto.

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Food Review: Erst, Ancoats, Manchester

October 30, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Erst, Ancoats, Manchester

There’s a buzz about eating out in Manchester city centre.

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Food Review: Canto, Ancoats, Manchester

May 31, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Canto, Ancoats, Manchester

Some years back I spent a weekend at a farm outside Lisbon. It was run by Maria, a widow in her 60s, with the strength of a bull and the wit of a fox.

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Theatre Review: Rags the Musical, Hope Mill, Ancoats

March 7, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Rags the Musical, Hope Mill, Ancoats

Stephen Schwartz launched his songwriting career aged just 23 with the score for Godspell.

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The Replacement Child

Review: The Replacement Child, Hope Mill, Manchester

February 22, 2018 Comments Off on Review: The Replacement Child, Hope Mill, Manchester

Visceral yet moving, The Replacement Child is a production that – literally in certain places – screams authenticity.

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Review: BE//LONGING, Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

November 1, 2017 Comments Off on Review: BE//LONGING, Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Manchester Theatre Award-winning collective Take Back Theatre, set up by actress Julie Hesmondhalgh, writer Rebekah (Becx) Harrison and visual artist Grant Archer in October 2015 as “an artistic response to the politics of austerity” has proved to be an astonishing Northern powerhouse of political theatre in its two years of life.

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PIPPIN The Musical

Review: PIPPIN The Musical, Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

August 30, 2017 Comments Off on Review: PIPPIN The Musical, Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

On the face of it, it’s difficult to see why PIPPIN The Musical is not better known on this side of the Pond given it boasts music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, whose stage hits include Godspell and Wicked as well as a latter-day stint as a composer on such Disney animations as Pocahontas.

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Angel of the House, Hope Mill Theatre

Review: The Angel of the House, Hope Mill Theatre, Ancoats, Manchester

March 1, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Angel of the House, Hope Mill Theatre, Ancoats, Manchester

The Angel in the House is a popular Victorian poem – a terrible set of verse – extolling the virtues of the submissive woman who exists solely to cater for her husband’s needs.

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Andrew McLain who plays John , image by Lee Baxter 

Review: Hidden, The Horsfall, Ancoats, Manchester

February 7, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Hidden, The Horsfall, Ancoats, Manchester

I am infuriatingly punctual. I can’t bear tardiness which means I’m usually left standing outside in the cold, or at the bar, waiting for others to show up.

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