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“You’re told that London is the centre of opportunity and it just isn’t.” Theatre Director Jake Murray talks to Northern Soul

June 15, 2019 Comments Off on “You’re told that London is the centre of opportunity and it just isn’t.” Theatre Director Jake Murray talks to Northern Soul

There’s an eclectic mix of pictures on the walls of my house. Like many people, my home is my life writ large and among the mish-mash of Brontë quotes and self-deprecating swipes at my Northern heritage is a signed poster of the 1995 Manchester Royal Exchange production of Miss Julie

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Opera Review: Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, City of Manchester Opera, Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

June 1, 2019 Comments Off on Opera Review: Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, City of Manchester Opera, Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

For some reason, May 23 stuck in my mind. It was an important day, but I couldn’t remember why. At my age, this happens with frightening regularity.

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Theatre Review: The Pride, Hope Mill, Manchester

October 22, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Pride, Hope Mill, Manchester

What it means to be gay has been dissected and analysed every which way in theatre over the past 30-odd years.

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Closets: Sam Retford talks to Northern Soul about time travel, typecasting and telly fame

August 27, 2018 Comments Off on Closets: Sam Retford talks to Northern Soul about time travel, typecasting and telly fame

A regular theme of new writing for theatre is the coming-out story, with writers regularly reflecting on their formative gay experiences.

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Theatre Review: Spring Awakening, Hope Mill, Manchester

April 4, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Spring Awakening, Hope Mill, Manchester

“I blame my mother for my poor sex life. All she told me was the man goes on top, the woman goes on the bottom. I bought bunk beds.” – Joan Rivers

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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: The ToyBoy Diaries, Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

January 27, 2018 Comments Off on Review: The ToyBoy Diaries, Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Despite the team behind Hope Mill winning twice at last year’s Northern Soul Awards (Small Theatre of the Year and Fringe Production of the Year), I’d still not visited this Manchester theatre. It was time to put that right.

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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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Edward And Eliza and the Smashing of the Van, Hope Mill Theatre

Review: Edward And Eliza and the Smashing of the Van, Hope Mill Theatre

October 11, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Edward And Eliza and the Smashing of the Van, Hope Mill Theatre

Written by Rochdale-born Eileen Murphy to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the real events around the public hanging of the so-called ‘Manchester Martyrs’, this touring play from a new Rochdale-based company manages with surprising success to humanise what Murphy rightly characterises as “a huge, tragic and complicated event” whereby the struggle for Irish independence from the British Empire was played out in an English city, with consequences both national and international.

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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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