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The Oddity

Out of Nowhere: launching a theatre company and taking on Homer’s Odyssey

March 24, 2016 Comments Off on Out of Nowhere: launching a theatre company and taking on Homer’s Odyssey

I’ve just ordered 5,000 flyers and 100 posters. If I were to find a tiny error on them when they arrive, I would probably be inconsolable for at least a week.

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The Encounter

Review: The Encounter, HOME, Manchester

March 22, 2016 Comments Off on Review: The Encounter, HOME, Manchester

Inspired by Petru Popescu’s book Amazon Beaming which recounts the experiences of American photographer Loren McIntyre in the Brazilian rainforest, Complicite’s The Encounter has done packed-to-the-rafters business at Manchester’s HOME following a string of glowing reviews from Edinburgh and elsewhere.

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Marguerite

Film Review: Marguerite

March 17, 2016 Comments Off on Film Review: Marguerite

One of first foreign films I fell in love with was the 1981 French classic, Diva.

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Curly played by Tomos Eames and Chewy played by Taylor Jay-Davies. Photo by Polly Thomas

Review: Land of Our Fathers, Liverpool Playhouse Studio

March 3, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Land of Our Fathers, Liverpool Playhouse Studio

These days, grime is a music genre, the sound of urban Britain. But back in 1979 it had no such cultural connotations.

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Chip Shop Chips

Chip Shop Drama: welcome to a new theatrical genre

February 13, 2016 Comments Off on Chip Shop Drama: welcome to a new theatrical genre

You wait ages for a play set in a chip shop and then two come along at once.

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Broke n Beat Collective

The Broke ‘n’ Beat Collective: we talk to director Keith Saha

February 2, 2016 Comments Off on The Broke ‘n’ Beat Collective: we talk to director Keith Saha

Where do stories start?

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The North-South Cultural Divide

January 16, 2016 1 Comment

Are you bored stiff of the national press’s attitude towards the North of England? Do you think that it pays scant attention to culture in this part of the world? Northern Soul asked leading artists, playwrights, poets, arts professionals and journalists what they think about the North-South cultural – and media – divide.

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Review: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, West Yorkshire Playhouse

January 12, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, West Yorkshire Playhouse

Some people hate the M62 – that windy, high-peaked, lugubrious trek from east to west or west to east. But I like the journey, especially the one from Manchester to Leeds.

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Snow Queen

Snow Queen: a short film about the Z-arts xmas show

December 19, 2015 Comments Off on Snow Queen: a short film about the Z-arts xmas show

Northern Soul’s Jack Stocker interviews director Jonathan McGrath and artistic director Liz O’Neill about the Z-arts production of Snow Queen in Hulme, Manchester.

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The Haunting of Hill House, Liverpool Playhouse.

Review: The Haunting of Hill House, Liverpool Playhouse

December 19, 2015 Comments Off on Review: The Haunting of Hill House, Liverpool Playhouse

You think you know a place. After all, you’ve been there so many times before. You know its ins and outs, every inch of its physical dimensions.

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