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Theatre Review: Barber Shop Chronicles, Royal Exchange, Manchester

March 15, 2019 No Comments

Written by poet, playwright and performer Inua Ellams, Barber Shop Chronicles comes to Manchester’s Royal Exchange where it’s co-presented by Contact and credits Fuel, the National Theatre and Leeds Playhouse as co-producers (that being the nature of theatrical productions these days) following not only two sell-out runs at the National but also a world tour.

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Theatre Review: Rags the Musical, Hope Mill, Ancoats

March 7, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Rags the Musical, Hope Mill, Ancoats

Stephen Schwartz launched his songwriting career aged just 23 with the score for Godspell.

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Midnight and Closedown: Northern Soul chats to multi-award winning folk trio Lau

February 25, 2019 Comments Off on Midnight and Closedown: Northern Soul chats to multi-award winning folk trio Lau

“In a way it’s been quite exciting to keep getting asked if calling this album Midnight and Closedown means it’s going to be our last album,” says guitarist and singer Kris Drever, one third of the multi-award winning folk-and-far-beyond trio Lau, along with Martin Green (accordion, piano, electronics) and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle).

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David Judge (Dave) in SparkPlug by David Judge, directed by Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder. Presented by Box of Tricks at HOME Manchester, Wed 13 - Sat 23 February 2019, and then touring. (Photo by Alex Mead/Decoy Media

Theatre Review: SparkPlug, HOME, Manchester

February 18, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: SparkPlug, HOME, Manchester

As a self-proclaimed ‘launchpad for new talent’, Manchester-based Box Of Tricks pride themselves on championing the next generation of playwrights, commissioning and developing “bold and original new plays from the most exciting new voices”.

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Tom Doughty

“As long as they’re making a sound it doesn’t really matter to me how they’re doing it.” Tom Doughty talks to Northern Soul

January 26, 2019 Comments Off on “As long as they’re making a sound it doesn’t really matter to me how they’re doing it.” Tom Doughty talks to Northern Soul

Frodsham-born Tom Doughty is a well-respected acoustic lap slide guitarist, performer, songwriter, recording artist and teacher, known throughout the UK and internationally.

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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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Cowboy Junkies, image by Heather Pollock

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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