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Kevin Shaw main image by Chris Payne

Oldham Coliseum’s Artistic Director Kevin Shaw talks to Northern Soul

June 24, 2015 Comments Off on Oldham Coliseum’s Artistic Director Kevin Shaw talks to Northern Soul

“Leading a thriving arts organisation is always busy.”

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Dreamers

Where are the women who write musical theatre?

June 14, 2015 Comments Off on Where are the women who write musical theatre?

Why is there such a paucity of female writers in musical theatre? This was the title of an article by critic Mark Shenton in The Stage last year. A few weeks ago a female librettist and lyricist responded to this question. Now the writers, musical director and composer of Dreamers the Musical, premiering at Oldham Coliseum this week, have their say.

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Tattu

Review: Tattu, Manchester

May 23, 2015 Comments Off on Review: Tattu, Manchester

Manchester is awash with new bar and restaurant openings, every week bringing a new kid on the block. One of the most recent, Tattu, is a meeting of the art of the tattoo and oriental style. 

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Sheila at the Ilkley Film Festival

A homemade, freshly-baked film festival in Ilkley

March 3, 2015 Comments Off on A homemade, freshly-baked film festival in Ilkley

“You don’t want me in it,” says Sheila, straightening her apron as I back up to take a picture of the treats on her trestle table. “Actually it would look good if I was doing this,” she says brandishing the cake slice like Zorro.

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Leanne Best and Con O'Neill in Educating Rita at Liverpool Playhouse

Review: Educating Rita, Liverpool Playhouse

February 12, 2015 Comments Off on Review: Educating Rita, Liverpool Playhouse

In Frank’s vast oval cave filled with books and booze, Scouse Rita lets the air in. But you know, something’s changed about our Rita, she knows what she wants more than before. She’s more in control.

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Willy Russell

Willy Russell: “writers have to be mavericks”

February 8, 2015 Comments Off on Willy Russell: “writers have to be mavericks”

In an exclusive interview, Northern Soul’s Cathy Crabb chats to playwright, musician and novelist Willy Russell. 

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Still Ill by Billy Cowan

Still Ill: there is a light that never goes out

November 21, 2014 Comments Off on Still Ill: there is a light that never goes out

From Carol Ann Duffy to Karl Marx, Manchester as a muse has lit many a spark in the light bulb of big ideas, and many a sparkle on the great British bauble of words, pictures and music.

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4244 food

Review: Fantastic Festive Fare at Manchester’s 4244

November 20, 2014 Comments Off on Review: Fantastic Festive Fare at Manchester’s 4244

When I first left home all I ate was Crispy Pancakes and Bird’s Eye Potato Waffles.

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Levelling the Land with The Levellers

August 21, 2014 Comments Off on Levelling the Land with The Levellers

Ahead of the release of The Levellers‘ greatest hits album and UK tour, including a headlining slot at the Ramsbottom Festival next month, Cathy Crabb chatted to frontman Mark Chadwick, as well as Lynn Holt, a passionate fan.

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Joey at Central Library in Manchester

Up Close and Personal with War Horse

August 2, 2014 Comments Off on Up Close and Personal with War Horse

Cathy Crabb and her 11-year-old daughter Hazel went to see War Horse at The Lowry in Salford and then to the War Horse family event at Manchester’s Central Library two days later. This is their experience.

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