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Theatre Review – Alan Partridge: Stratagem, Liverpool M&S Bank Arena

May 17, 2022 No Comments

How much Partridge is too much? It’s a question that Steve Coogan seems to have wrestled with over the years.

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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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Theatre Review: Sweeney Todd, Buxton Opera House

May 4, 2022 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Sweeney Todd, Buxton Opera House

The sheer exhilaration, nerves and excitement of an opening night for both audience and cast is a great evening out, and last night’s production of Sweeney Todd by Platform 9 at the beautiful Buxton Opera House had me grinning more than the unnerving barber himself.

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Film Review: The Batman

April 29, 2022 Comments Off on Film Review: The Batman

In this latest iteration of the Batman story, which nods heavily to acclaimed comics stories such as The Long Halloween, Robert Pattinson plays Gotham City’s brooding billionaire orphan-cum-masked avenger, who has forged an alliance with veteran police office James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) in following the trail of a deranged serial killer known as The Riddler (Paul Dano) blah blah blah…

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Music Review: The Psychedelic Furs, Manchester Academy  

April 18, 2022 Comments Off on Music Review: The Psychedelic Furs, Manchester Academy  

There have been considerable developments since The Psychedelic Furs last commanded a Manchester stage.

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Theatre Review: The Jungle Book, Oldham Coliseum

April 12, 2022 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Jungle Book, Oldham Coliseum

Whatever you’re doing, stop it.

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Food Review: Northcote, Langho, Blackburn

April 10, 2022 Comments Off on Food Review: Northcote, Langho, Blackburn

I am many things but I am not a good cook.

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Unexhausted Time by Emily Berry

Poetry Review: Unexhausted Time by Emily Berry

March 23, 2022 Comments Off on Poetry Review: Unexhausted Time by Emily Berry

While reading Emily Berry’s new poetry collection Unexhausted Time, I am reminded of those moments when a less than lucid mind sparks fresh perspectives on intrusive thoughts. The dark and pungent soil of experience is raked over in this book.

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Rigoletto, Opera North

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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Jessica Baglow Lady Macbeth and Tachia Newall Macbeth in Macbeth at Leeds Playhouse. Photograph by Kirsten Mcternan.

Theatre Review: Macbeth, Leeds Playhouse

March 10, 2022 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Macbeth, Leeds Playhouse

A hit. A palpable hit.

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