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Review: Matthew Bamber and Ivy Kalungi, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester

September 27, 2022 No Comments

A spin of the bottle away from the overspill revelry of Deansgate Locks in university freshers’ week, Castlefield Gallery takes one step back from the litter of drinks promotions and homesickness to afford a less frenetic space from which two artists, each with their own particular vantage point, can sift through the contradictions of where a stop-start decade has brought both them and us.

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Theatre Review: Girl From The North Country, The Lowry, Salford

September 21, 2022 No Comments

Reflecting his own mercurial nature, it’s almost inevitable that any theatrical piece based around the songs of Bob Dylan would be something out of the ordinary.

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Festival Review: Camp Bestival, Shropshire

August 25, 2022 Comments Off on Festival Review: Camp Bestival, Shropshire

At a time when most UK festivals are just staggering back to life after two years’ enforced downtime, Camp Bestival Shropshire represents something a bit unusual: an entirely new addition.

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Theatre Review: There’s No Mystery in Murder!

August 25, 2022 Comments Off on Theatre Review: There’s No Mystery in Murder!

Three words in a press release that strike despondency in the heart of your correspondent are ‘Comedy Murder Mystery’. There are so many ways it could be dreadful.

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Review: Just So Festival, Rode Hall, Cheshire

August 22, 2022 Comments Off on Review: Just So Festival, Rode Hall, Cheshire

The almost cult-like enthusiasm of Just So’s sizeable hardcore of repeat attendees is a wonderful thing that creates a real sense of community around this annual family arts festival as well, one assumes, a valuable bit of financial security for organisers Wild Rumpus when planning its next outing.

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Review: Cheese Box, Winter Tarn Dairy, Lake District / Manchester

August 22, 2022 Comments Off on Review: Cheese Box, Winter Tarn Dairy, Lake District / Manchester

There’s a card on my wall which sums me up perfectly. A present from my sister, it reads: ‘She just couldn’t behave herself with cheese.’

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Exhibition review: #OutofDate2022, Modernist Society, Manchester

July 5, 2022 Comments Off on Exhibition review: #OutofDate2022, Modernist Society, Manchester

When the Modernist Society invited photographers to make use of a cache of old slide films, they weren’t quite sure about the results.

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Review: British Pop Archive, John Rylands Library, Manchester

May 24, 2022 Comments Off on Review: British Pop Archive, John Rylands Library, Manchester

It’s about time. Popular culture may have fragmented, broken up into TikTok-sized soundbites and time-shifted downstream from communal viewing, but it’s still at the heart of everyday living.

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

May 17, 2022 Comments Off on Theatre Review – Alan Partridge: Stratagem, Liverpool M&S Bank Arena

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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