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Articles relating to: Manchester

‘The financial return for every pound put into the arts is more than agriculture’

June 23, 2022 No Comments

As a result of the pandemic, Manchester-based LGBTQ+ theatre company Green Carnation was on the verge of calling it a day.

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Theatre Review: CLASSIC!, Hope Mill, Manchester

June 21, 2022 No Comments

‘All those writers all those pages

We’ve done it in a minute when it took them ages’

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Art Review: The Estate Of Hermione, The Whitworth, Manchester

June 14, 2022 Comments Off on Art Review: The Estate Of Hermione, The Whitworth, Manchester

Hermione Burton, one hopes, would have loved it.

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A Woman’s Work: photographer Anne Worthington writes for Northern Soul

June 2, 2022 Comments Off on A Woman’s Work: photographer Anne Worthington writes for Northern Soul

If you visit The Refuge in Manchester, you’ll find a rarity of an exhibition: images by renowned photographer Tish Murtha, as well as a selection of my work from East Manchester.

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Theatre Review: The Play That Goes Wrong, Opera House, Manchester

May 31, 2022 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Play That Goes Wrong, Opera House, Manchester

Here’s the thing. On paper, Mischief’s The Play That Goes Wrong might not sound like much.

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Review: British Pop Archive, John Rylands Library, Manchester

May 24, 2022 Comments Off on Review: British Pop Archive, John Rylands Library, Manchester

It’s about time. Popular culture may have fragmented, broken up into TikTok-sized soundbites and time-shifted downstream from communal viewing, but it’s still at the heart of everyday living.

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Theatre Review: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, HOME, Manchester

May 4, 2022 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, HOME, Manchester

From its underground conception in the drag bars of 90s New York where its name spread by word of mouth from lips as unlikely to lock as those of early admirers Barry Manilow and David Bowie, to its ill-starred incarnation in a film that opened then faded in the debris of 9/11; from slow-burning reappreciation through a second life on DVD to providing an early plot point in Sex Education, the cult of Hedwig has swollen in proportion across the decades, gathering disciples devoted to its singular subject.

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Music Review: Red Guitars, Night & Day, Manchester

April 29, 2022 Comments Off on Music Review: Red Guitars, Night & Day, Manchester

In 1983, the last time the Red Guitars performed in Manchester, they played at The Haçienda.

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Theatre Review: Electric Rosary, Royal Exchange, Manchester

April 29, 2022 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Electric Rosary, Royal Exchange, Manchester

In these tentative, post-lockdown times, many theatre venues tend to programme safe, obvious, well-known shows, those crowd-pleasers that will guarantee them an audience.

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Theatre Review: The House with Chicken Legs, HOME, Manchester

April 7, 2022 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The House with Chicken Legs, HOME, Manchester

Untruths unveiled, reckless actions and distancing yourself from your carer, it’s all part of adolescence.

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