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“Just because someone’s fun, it doesn’t mean they’re not nefarious.” Steve Coogan and Michael Winterbottom talk about Greed

March 2, 2020 Comments Off on “Just because someone’s fun, it doesn’t mean they’re not nefarious.” Steve Coogan and Michael Winterbottom talk about Greed

Steve Coogan’s film career has been a hit-and-miss affair.

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Theatre Review: Night Of The Living Dead – Remix, Courtyard Theatre, Leeds Playhouse

January 30, 2020 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Night Of The Living Dead – Remix, Courtyard Theatre, Leeds Playhouse

In 1968, an independent horror movie called Night Of The Living Dead not only irrevocably changed the horror movie genre, but has since proved massively influential.

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Music Review: Vetiver/Treetop Flyers, YES, Manchester

December 9, 2019 Comments Off on Music Review: Vetiver/Treetop Flyers, YES, Manchester

I’m sure Andy Cabic, aka Vetiver, won’t mind me saying that when I had a quick transatlantic chat with him last week (as you do), he seemed distinctly nervous about performing this string of UK dates completely solo, particularly as the Up On High album hasn’t been out that long.

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Review: Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes, The Lowry, Salford

November 27, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes, The Lowry, Salford

For the past couple of decades Sir Matthew Bourne has been enthusiastically following his own enthusiasms and loves – often films – and transforming them into heart-on-sleeve, crowd-pleasing dance magic.

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Music Review: Rickie Lee Jones, RNCM, Manchester

November 3, 2019 Comments Off on Music Review: Rickie Lee Jones, RNCM, Manchester

“What do you think she’ll be singing? Will it be jazz? Or country?” an over-refreshed Scottish fan was asking anyone who’d listen just before Rickie Lee Jones took the stage.

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Theatre Review: The Exorcist, Manchester Opera House

October 26, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Exorcist, Manchester Opera House

When the first wave of so-called ‘movie brat’ film directors began to break through in the 70s, it often seemed to be with ingeniously crowd-pleasing adaptations of successful mass-market novels.

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Theatre Review: Curtains, Palace Theatre, Manchester

October 11, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Curtains, Palace Theatre, Manchester

A musical whodunnit, penned by John Kander and Fred Ebb, the redoubtable team behind Cabaret and Chicago, and starring the likeable comedian Jason Manford who has come a long way from collecting glasses at Manchester’s Buzz comedy and music club, Curtains has, on the face of it, got a lot going for it.

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Theatre Review: & Juliet, Manchester Opera House

October 4, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: & Juliet, Manchester Opera House

Not so much a remix of Shakespeare as a thoroughly modern sequel, packed full of fashionable themes like female empowerment and gender fluidity, all set to, ahem, bangin’ tunes from some bloke you’ve probably never heard of even though they’ve sold in the high godzillions.

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& Juliet: Miriam-Teak Lee talks about taking on the ultimate role

September 4, 2019 Comments Off on & Juliet: Miriam-Teak Lee talks about taking on the ultimate role

It’s by no means impossible that you’ve never heard the name Max Martin.

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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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