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David Birrell as Sweeney Todd (left) and Don Gallagher as Judge Turpin in SWEENEY TODD (Royal Exchange Theatre until 30 Novmeber

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

November 6, 2013 Comments Off on Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Not long into the first half of Sweeney Todd, my stomach rumbled and I realised the folly of failing to have any tea before the show. Nearly three hours of the Demon Barber of Fleet Street lay ahead, much of which is set in Mrs Lovett’s pie shop.

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Charlie Chaplin

Modern Times

November 2, 2013 Comments Off on Modern Times

In 1936 Charlie Chaplin made a film that is today regarded as a cinematic masterpiece.

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Sunday Assembly

The Church for Atheists

October 26, 2013 Comments Off on The Church for Atheists

It may seem an oxymoron but people who don’t believe in a god are the world’s third largest ‘faith’ group. Now the Sunday Assembly movement aims to give Britain’s nine million atheists their own church.

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Everything Everything

October 22, 2013 Comments Off on Everything Everything

This was a homecoming gig (of sorts) for Manchester-based Everything Everything. They gave their all – and it showed.

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A Highland Romance

October 17, 2013 Comments Off on A Highland Romance

The first thing that strikes you about this intriguing exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery is the darkness of Gallery 6, its Farrow & Ball-painted dark purple walls contrasting with the brightness of the preceding permanent exhibition rooms.

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That Dame Upstairs, photo by Chris Payne

That Dame Upstairs

October 17, 2013 Comments Off on That Dame Upstairs

I’m so very glad I had my camera on me last Thursday. In town anyway, and with an hour to kill, I spotted a “life drawing drop-in and photography session” at Cornerhouse

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Critical Mass

Critical Mass

October 16, 2013 Comments Off on Critical Mass

What on earth is all this about? That was my overriding thought as I stood in a warm and still St Peter’s Square in Manchester.

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James Martin

James Martin comes to Manchester

October 15, 2013 Comments Off on James Martin comes to Manchester

“Northerners like bigger portions.” Ain’t that the truth. But when James Martin says so, this truism takes on a whole new resonance.

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Northern Soul party by Craige Barker

Northern Soul – The Launch Party

October 14, 2013 Comments Off on Northern Soul – The Launch Party

Oooh, I do like a good do. And so it was that Northern Soul ‘officially’ launched to an unsuspecting public last month.

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The Hallé and Shostakovich…the Power and the Glory

October 13, 2013 Comments Off on The Hallé and Shostakovich…the Power and the Glory

Earlier this month the Hallé opened its 155th season. It would be reasonable to expect that the orchestra, one of the undoubted cultural crown jewels of Manchester, wanted to start things off with a bang, so to speak.

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