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Theatre Review: Queen Margaret, Royal Exchange, Manchester

September 20, 2018 No Comments

Typical. You wait ages for a Shakespeare mash-up on one of Manchester’s main stages then two come along at once.

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“I am an outsider.” Northern Soul talks to crime writer Will Dean about his debut Dark Pines

September 18, 2018 No Comments

Will Dean’s Dark Pines is one of this year’s hottest crime debuts, and with a back story that’s nearly as intriguing as the book itself.

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Theatre Review: The Return of the Soldier, Hope Mill, Ancoats

September 14, 2018 No Comments

Rebecca West’s novella The Return of the Soldier, published in 1918 when she was just 25-years-old, was a striking debut.

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What Love Would Want: Lindsay Kemp and Tim Arnold chat to Northern Soul

July 3, 2018 Comments Off on What Love Would Want: Lindsay Kemp and Tim Arnold chat to Northern Soul

Somewhere out there in a lovingly mischievous, poly-morphously sexual world – where Ziggy Stardust meets The Wicker Man, Kate Bush sends flowers and Derek Jarman catches it all on film, while Marcel Marceau, Lou Reed, Ken Russell and Fellini are all waiting for the man – is where you might expect to come across legendary mime artist, dancer and self-proclaimed “poofter in pink tights”, Lindsay Kemp.

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Review: The Secret Seven, Storyhouse, Chester

December 14, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Secret Seven, Storyhouse, Chester

Somewhat surprisingly, this is the first time the estate of Enid Blyton has authorised an adaptation of the very English adventures of The Secret Seven.

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Review: Guys and Dolls, Royal Exchange, Manchester

December 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Guys and Dolls, Royal Exchange, Manchester

Widely regarded as one of the finest Broadway musicals of all time, this co-production between the Royal Exchange and Talawa Theatre Company of the great Guys and Dolls, first performed in 1950 and revived many times since, is notable for being the first in the UK to feature an all-black cast.

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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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Theatre, war and a satirical newspaper: Ian Hislop and Nick Newman talk about The Wipers Times

October 23, 2017 Comments Off on Theatre, war and a satirical newspaper: Ian Hislop and Nick Newman talk about The Wipers Times

The Wipers Times, coming to Manchester Opera House at the end of October, tells the extraordinary true story of a satirical newspaper created in the midst of the mud and murderous mayhem of the Somme at the height of the First World War.

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“This festival is about celebrating the range of great music described as folk.” David Agnew, director of Manchester Folk Festival

October 17, 2017 Comments Off on “This festival is about celebrating the range of great music described as folk.” David Agnew, director of Manchester Folk Festival

For several years, the Homegrown festival at Bury Met, with its associated Folk Expo industry event, has been one of the most significant dates on the international folk and roots music calendar.

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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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