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Matthew Kelly and David Yelland in THE HABIT OF ART, c Helen Maybanks

Theatre Review: The Habit of Art, York Theatre Royal

September 17, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Habit of Art, York Theatre Royal

What have Gypsy Rose Lee, the legendary queen of burlesque, the poet W.H. Auden and the composer Benjamin Britten got in common?

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Theatre Review: Better Off Dead, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

September 14, 2018 No Comments

A strange thing happens when you’re a writer.

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Theatre Review: The Return of the Soldier, Hope Mill, Ancoats

September 14, 2018 No Comments

Rebecca West’s novella The Return of the Soldier, published in 1918 when she was just 25-years-old, was a striking debut.

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The Crucifixion, performed by the Butchers Gild; directed by Katie Smith. L to R: Jennie Wogan (Longinus), Tony Froud (Livia), Maurice Crichton (Crassus), Will Darwin (Brutus), Credit: Lewis Outing

Review: York Mystery Plays

September 14, 2018 No Comments

“Don’t you bother to blather no more!”

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Relaxation room, The Spa, The Midland Hotel

Review: The Spa, The Midland, Manchester

September 4, 2018 Comments Off on Review: The Spa, The Midland, Manchester

I absolutely adore a massage. Lying comatose on a heated bed with a shed load of essential oils being kneaded into my face and body is my idea of heaven.

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William Hogarth, The Gate of Calais, 1748. The Whitworth, The University of Manchester

Exhibition Review: Prints of Darkness – Goya and Hogarth in a Time of European Turmoil, The Whitworth, Manchester

September 4, 2018 Comments Off on Exhibition Review: Prints of Darkness – Goya and Hogarth in a Time of European Turmoil, The Whitworth, Manchester

Poverty, homelessness, alcoholism and inequality are all things you might expect to encounter on a short walk around a city centre.

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Theatre Review: Gulliver’s Travels, Queen’s Park, Bolton

August 23, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Gulliver’s Travels, Queen’s Park, Bolton

Jonathan Swift wrote Gulliver’s Travels to ‘vex the populace’. Elizabeth Newman put it on to please them. Elizabeth Newman won.

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Review: Romeo & Juliet, Heaton Park

August 11, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Romeo & Juliet, Heaton Park

Caroline Clegg has done it before. Although she enjoys a career in opera and music, she returns to Manchester’s Heaton Park every year and mounts a summer show.

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Review: CBBC Summer Social, Croxteth Country Park, Liverpool

August 7, 2018 Comments Off on Review: CBBC Summer Social, Croxteth Country Park, Liverpool

In the build-up to CBBC’s inaugural three-day Summer Social at Croxteth Country Park, much of the chatter on the local parental grapevine was about one subject: cost.

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Blackpool - What a Shit Place to Die, Phil Pearson

Theatre Review: Blackpool – What a Shit Place to Die, Three Minute Theatre, Manchester

July 24, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Blackpool – What a Shit Place to Die, Three Minute Theatre, Manchester

At only 50 minutes long with no interval, this play is a real emotional roller-coaster.

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