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“There’s nothing as exciting as sitting in the audience, waiting for the curtain to open.” Northern Soul talks to Mark Williams

December 13, 2018 Comments Off on “There’s nothing as exciting as sitting in the audience, waiting for the curtain to open.” Northern Soul talks to Mark Williams

You probably know Mark Williams best as Arthur Weasley in the blockbuster Harry Potter film series, or possibly from TV’s The Fast Show.

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Theatre Review: The Producers, Royal Exchange, Manchester

December 7, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Producers, Royal Exchange, Manchester

Let’s not even get started on the unlikely ‘film to stage’ saga of The Producers.

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Review: Faustus – Cotton Lords, Central Library, Manchester

November 23, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Faustus – Cotton Lords, Central Library, Manchester

As Manchester-born Simon Rennie, chief investigator for The Poetry Of The Lancashire Cotton Famine project, pointed out at the start of this show, if you want to know about the Lancashire Cotton Famine of 1861 to 1865 then you can look in the history books (or here).

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Faustus. Photo Credit: Luke Pajak.co.uk

“Labouring-class voices remain underappreciated.” The poetry of the Cotton Famine is brought to life by Faustus

November 21, 2018 Comments Off on “Labouring-class voices remain underappreciated.” The poetry of the Cotton Famine is brought to life by Faustus

It is known as the Cotton Panic.

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Welcome to the Age of Dissolution: Northern Soul chats to Michael Timmins from Cowboy Junkies

November 10, 2018 Comments Off on Welcome to the Age of Dissolution: Northern Soul chats to Michael Timmins from Cowboy Junkies

Amid all the flash and bombast that defined the late 80s, Cowboy Junkies proved there was an audience waiting for something quiet, beautiful and reflective with their compelling 1988 classic, The Trinity Session.

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Music Review: Manchester Folk Festival 2018

October 26, 2018 Comments Off on Music Review: Manchester Folk Festival 2018

Last year, when David Agnew opted to move the English Folk Expo and its public-facing concerts to central Manchester after several years based around Bury Met, there was a certain amount of discreet breath-holding as to whether its delicate balance of intimacy with a worldwide mission to spotlight English music and artists could work as well in this new context, right in the vibrant heart of the city and spread around several venues.

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Anne Beswick, Manchester Literature Festival

Review: Literary Manchester Walking Tour with Anne Beswick, Manchester Literature Festival

October 17, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Literary Manchester Walking Tour with Anne Beswick, Manchester Literature Festival

When Manchester recently bid for and won UNESCO City of Literature status, part of its success was undoubtedly based on the thriving Manchester Literature Festival, an annual reminder to the world that Manchester was the city which built the UK’s first public lending library and gave the world the work of great writers including Elizabeth Gaskell, Anthony Burgess, Howard Jacobson and many more.

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“I’ve grown old with Rebus.” Northern Soul talks to best-selling crime author Ian Rankin

October 15, 2018 Comments Off on “I’ve grown old with Rebus.” Northern Soul talks to best-selling crime author Ian Rankin

When the best-selling crime writer Ian Rankin brings his Investigating Murder: An Evening with Ian Rankin to Manchester’s HOME, the intention, he says, is not simply to talk about his new book In A House Of Lies (incidentally, one of the best thrillers of the year if you ask me) then sign some copies.

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Review: Everything that happened and would happen, Mayfield, Manchester

October 11, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Everything that happened and would happen, Mayfield, Manchester

Before you’ve even stepped properly inside Everything that happened and would happen there’s a palpable sense of awe, not to say slight intimidation, at the setting.

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Theatre Review: Dishoom! at Oldham Coliseum

October 6, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Dishoom! at Oldham Coliseum

Dishoom! is the sound of a punch or a bullet from 70s Bollywood films, much like ‘Kapow!’ from American comic books.

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