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Theatre Review: Fatal Attraction, Opera House, Manchester

February 23, 2022 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Fatal Attraction, Opera House, Manchester

First, the good news. Even though it’s yet another stage show based on an 80s hit film, Adrian Lyne’s glossy and controversial 1987 tale of an extra-marital affair gone horribly wrong hasn’t been inexplicably transformed into a musical (although I can see the attractions of some sort of ‘bunny boiler’ singalong).

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Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards Midland Hotel 2007 Best Prodution Chris Honer with his award Pic by Steve Allen

A tribute to Chris Honer

November 24, 2021 Comments Off on A tribute to Chris Honer

Few people have had as great an impact on Manchester’s cultural landscape, primarily through his stewardship of the Library Theatre for 27 crucial years, as Chris Honer, who died on November 3 at Wythenshawe Hospital from complications due to bowel cancer.

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Review: Manchester Folk Festival 2021

October 29, 2021 Comments Off on Review: Manchester Folk Festival 2021

Somehow, there are people still around who believe that ‘all folk music sounds the same’ or that it’s solely made by, and for, blokes with beards.

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Theatre Review: Heathers the Musical, Palace Theatre, Manchester

October 13, 2021 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Heathers the Musical, Palace Theatre, Manchester

Seeing half-remembered films from the 1980s turned into feel-good theatrical musicals has been a puzzling phenomenon of theatregoing in the past few years.

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“Strong, broad-ranging music that tells social stories that mean something.” David Agnew, director of Manchester Folk Festival

October 2, 2021 Comments Off on “Strong, broad-ranging music that tells social stories that mean something.” David Agnew, director of Manchester Folk Festival

Manchester is set to become the centre of the international folk world at the end of October.

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“We need books more than ever.” Award-winning crime author Elly Griffiths talks to Northern Soul

June 29, 2021 Comments Off on “We need books more than ever.” Award-winning crime author Elly Griffiths talks to Northern Soul

There’s a new champion in town and it’s the bestselling crime author, Elly Griffiths.

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“I’m a very late starter to this novel-writing lark.” Award-winning crime author Trevor Wood talks to Northern Soul

March 3, 2021 Comments Off on “I’m a very late starter to this novel-writing lark.” Award-winning crime author Trevor Wood talks to Northern Soul

The huge surge in the readership of crime novels during the present unpleasantness arises partly, no doubt, from the visceral pleasure, sheer entertainment and, yes, reassurance to be had from a gripping plot, set within a somewhat familiar formula in a world where justice might actually triumph.

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“We face the very real prospect of losing a generation of talent.” Box of Tricks launches Screen/Play Award in partnership with Sky Studios

October 23, 2020 Comments Off on “We face the very real prospect of losing a generation of talent.” Box of Tricks launches Screen/Play Award in partnership with Sky Studios

We want “electrifying stories that spark the imagination,” says Box Of Tricks’ co-artistic director Hannah Tyrell-Pinder.

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“This chart brings us closer to the mainstream.” Manchester launches the Official Folk Albums Chart

October 19, 2020 Comments Off on “This chart brings us closer to the mainstream.” Manchester launches the Official Folk Albums Chart

Last weekend saw the launch of the new Official Folk Albums Chart in Manchester, produced by English Folk Expo and presented by Manchester Folk Festival.

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Film Review: Tenet

September 2, 2020 Comments Off on Film Review: Tenet

I’m not the biggest fan of British director Christopher Nolan. In fact, I’m of the opinion that most of his films prefer to show off rather than actually show much in the way of humanity, let alone fun. And heaven forbid that there might be a plausible female character lurking around amid the bombast.

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