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Coriander

Coriander, Chorlton

June 11, 2013 Comments Off on Coriander, Chorlton

The trouble with coriander is this: it’s a herb that divides opinion.

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Brilliant Adventures

Brilliant Adventures, Royal Exchange Studio, Manchester

May 18, 2013 Comments Off on Brilliant Adventures, Royal Exchange Studio, Manchester

As I was heading to the Royal Exchange Theatre studio in Manchester (where I watched my first play ever, as a nine-year-old) I kept thinking about the subject matter of Brilliant Adventures.

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The Ultimate Form

The Ultimate Form at The Hepworth, Wakefield

May 16, 2013 Comments Off on The Ultimate Form at The Hepworth, Wakefield

I couldn’t make the actual performance of Linder Sterling’s The Ultimate Form at The Hepworth in Wakefield last Saturday as my daughter was making her debut at a professional theatre in our home town, some distance away.

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Ladies' Day

Ladies’ Day, Oldham Coliseum

May 16, 2013 Comments Off on Ladies’ Day, Oldham Coliseum

To summarise: Ladies’ Day is a comedy drama about a gang of fish factory workers from Hull on a day at the races. It wasn’t any old race event, rather it was a specific day – the day Royal Ascot came to York Races in 2005.

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Abigail's Party

Abigail’s Party at The Lowry, Salford

April 30, 2013 Comments Off on Abigail’s Party at The Lowry, Salford

Last night I stepped back into my childhood when I walked into The Lowry’s Lyric Theatre with my mum to watch Abigail’s Party, which has been revived 36 years after Mike Leigh’s play was first performed.

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Pig Iron by Benjamin Myers

The literary loop

April 26, 2013 Comments Off on The literary loop

It’s a view that is widely held: printed books are doomed and ebooks and self publishing are the only way forward. If you’re out of London well gosh, poor you, you’re in the provinces. You might as well as be on Mars.

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Blonde Bombshells

Blond Bombshells of 1943, Oldham Coliseum

April 18, 2013 Comments Off on Blond Bombshells of 1943, Oldham Coliseum

Blonde Bombshells of 1943 taps into the nostalgia for the Second World War with its lively and upbeat production at the newly refurbished Oldham Coliseum.

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Twelfth Night at The Lowry

April 13, 2013 Comments Off on Twelfth Night at The Lowry

It begins with the iconic soliloquy “If music be the food of love, play on.”

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HOME

HOME

April 4, 2013 Comments Off on HOME

It’s clearly great news that Arts Council England has awarded £5.5 million to the HOME centre, a new hub for international contemporary art, film and theatre which will open the year after next.

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Othello, keep calm

Othello at the John Thaw Theatre

March 27, 2013 Comments Off on Othello at the John Thaw Theatre

The John Thaw Theatre in Manchester University’s quadrangle is a hidden gem. Earlier this week, Black Box Theatre Company performed at the theatre with their innovative adaptation of Othello, set in the First World War.

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