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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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Chaman Yanomami en rituel avant la montee vers le Pico da Neblina, Etat d'Amazonas, Bresil, 2014 © Sebastiao Salgado/nbpictures

Exhibition: Amazônia, Sebastião Salgado, Science and Industry Museum, Manchester

April 1, 2022 Comments Off on Exhibition: Amazônia, Sebastião Salgado, Science and Industry Museum, Manchester

From May 13, Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum will welcome Amazônia, a critically acclaimed major exhibition exploring the work of world-renowned Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, with free tickets available now for its 12-week run.

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Explota explota (My Heart Goes Boom!), ¡Viva! 28th Spanish & Latin American Festival, HOME, Manchester

Film Review: Explota explota (My Heart Goes Boom!), ¡Viva! 28th Spanish & Latin American Festival, HOME, Manchester

March 24, 2022 Comments Off on Film Review: Explota explota (My Heart Goes Boom!), ¡Viva! 28th Spanish & Latin American Festival, HOME, Manchester

The anglicised title of Explota explota, a generous-spirited jukebox musical about Francoist Spain and dancing, is an irresistible invitation to declare, almost without shame, that the ¡Viva! 28th Spanish & Latin American Festival at Manchester’s HOME opens with a bang. Or should that be a ‘pop’?

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Opera Review: Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi, Opera North, The Lowry, Salford

March 23, 2022 Comments Off on Opera Review: Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi, Opera North, The Lowry, Salford

We are living in strange times. For the first time in more than 40 years of opera-going, I was about to hear a national anthem.

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Chester Tenneson The Beat Goes On 2022, Archives at Play, Castlefield Gallery, March 2022 ©rob_battersby1

Exhibition Review: Archives at Play, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester

March 10, 2022 Comments Off on Exhibition Review: Archives at Play, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester

Hard though it is to credit, Manchester’s Castlefield Gallery is fast approaching its ruby anniversary.

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Opera Review: The Wind, Erland Cooper and the Chorus of Opera North, RNCM, Manchester

March 4, 2022 Comments Off on Opera Review: The Wind, Erland Cooper and the Chorus of Opera North, RNCM, Manchester

Eschewing my usual Friday night supping gin with pals at Manchester’s HOME, I strolled down Oxford Road to the Royal Northern College of Music for an evening of culture and wine.

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Exhibition: Time Will Tell, Not Quite Light, The Modernist, Manchester

March 4, 2022 Comments Off on Exhibition: Time Will Tell, Not Quite Light, The Modernist, Manchester

A new exhibition exploring the evolving areas either side of the inner ring road that encircles Manchester city centre and parts of Salford is at The Modernist in Manchester.

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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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Food Review: Campagna at The Creameries, Chorlton, Manchester

February 23, 2022 Comments Off on Food Review: Campagna at The Creameries, Chorlton, Manchester

I’ve always thought that the length of a good lunch should be about the same as a football match: around two hours (give or take a few minutes for injury time and the obligatory half-time break).

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