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Theatre Review: Jerry Springer – The Musical, Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

August 16, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Jerry Springer – The Musical, Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Not that long ago, in 2006, when Jerry Springer – The Opera, Richard Thomas and Stewart Lee’s outlandish and provocative satire of over-the-top tabloid chat shows, first toured this country, outraged citizens (who in all probability hadn’t actually seen the show but knew in their hearts that they should definitely be outraged) demonstrated long and hard outside any regional theatres who had the balls to mount the show – sorry, this sort of stuff does seem to be catching after all.

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“Great art creates a reaction.” Northern Ricochet talks to Northern Soul

July 20, 2019 Comments Off on “Great art creates a reaction.” Northern Ricochet talks to Northern Soul

The arts world could never be accused of being over-funded, so to set up a new venture is always a bold move.

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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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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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