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All My Sons

Carnage at the Royal Exchange

October 5, 2013 Comments Off on Carnage at the Royal Exchange

Emotional carnage was adroitly presented to a shocked and thrilled audience on Wednesday night, as Manchester’s Royal Exchange took up the challenge of presenting theatre-goers with a devastating performance of Arthur Miller’s 1947 classic All My Sons.

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Defining Me – and Defining Manchester

October 3, 2013 Comments Off on Defining Me – and Defining Manchester

Manchester has a rich, diverse musical heritage – and every right to be fiercely proud of it. But you wouldn’t envy the man who tries to tell the entire story.

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Tim Burgess by Chris Payne

Hey Country Boy

September 30, 2013 Comments Off on Hey Country Boy

I noted the Stone Roses (Mani), Oasis (Bonehead) and New Order (Stephen Morris) among the bands with representatives at Tim Burgess‘s solo gig at Band on the Wall – all supporting an old mate in an intimate setting, with a generous card of young bands (not sure I can remember the last time I went to a gig where there were three supports on the bill). 

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Lie back, relax and think of….

September 26, 2013 Comments Off on Lie back, relax and think of….

I love a good spa. But part of that love comes from the fact that it always feels like an unnecessary decadence.

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Matthew Barley

In At The Deep End

September 23, 2013 Comments Off on In At The Deep End

Nearly ten years to the day that Manchester’s Victoria Baths was voted winner of BBC’s Restoration, on a rainy Thursday evening I found myself sitting in the deep end of a 107-year-old swimming pool, drinking a pint of Speckled Hen and listening to someone making whale noises with a laptop and a cello.

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Getting down with the kids at DoubleTree

September 23, 2013 Comments Off on Getting down with the kids at DoubleTree

Think of afternoon tea and what comes to mind? White tablecloths? Crustless sandwiches? Sedate surroundings and whispered conversations?

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Daniel Kitson branches out

September 21, 2013 Comments Off on Daniel Kitson branches out

Daniel Kitson has made an art of taking the unconventional route. As a stand-up, he’s largely given TV and radio the swerve.

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THERE HAS POSSIBLY BEEN AN INCIDENT at Latitude Festival. (7) Photo - Richard Lakos

There Has Possibly Been An Incident

September 13, 2013 Comments Off on There Has Possibly Been An Incident

Conflict between characters makes for entertaining viewing in any medium. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Royal Exchange’s There Has Possibly Been An Incident.

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Ode to Noir

September 13, 2013 Comments Off on Ode to Noir

Now we’ve seen the back of that unexpectedly decent summer, it’s time for the nights to start drawing in and the heating to go back on. Autumn, as Keats once pointed out, is a season of mists.

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Ramsbottom Festival pic

Northern Soul talks to the brains behind the Ramsbottom Festival

September 8, 2013 Comments Off on Northern Soul talks to the brains behind the Ramsbottom Festival

I once described the Ramsbottom Festival as a “real humdinger“. This came back to haunt me when I spotted the quote on this year’s marketing material.

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