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Renee Lamb, Eva-Marie Saffrey, Christina Modestou

Theatre Review: Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World, Liverpool Playhouse

December 10, 2021 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World, Liverpool Playhouse

This could quite easily have been terrible.

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Polly Lister as Warrior Queen in the New Vic Theatre’s production of Beauty and the Beast. Photo credit: Andrew Billington.

Theatre Review: Beauty and the Beast, New Vic, Stoke-on-Trent

December 6, 2021 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Beauty and the Beast, New Vic, Stoke-on-Trent

Eat your heart out Walt, director Theresa Heskins has made it real. Clever, funny, hilarious even, but never sentimental, the New Vic’s take on Beauty and the Beast is a joy from start to finish.

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Lead press shot. Paul Weller. Credit: Sandra Vijandi

Music Review: Paul Weller, Liverpool Eventim Olympia

November 30, 2021 Comments Off on Music Review: Paul Weller, Liverpool Eventim Olympia

Let’s get one thing straight from the start. There’s no point in pretending that this is going to be a reasoned, impartial and unbiased review, because it’s not.

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The Lemon Table, Ian Mcdiarmid c. Marc Brenner

Review: The Lemon Table, HOME, Manchester

November 24, 2021 Comments Off on Review: The Lemon Table, HOME, Manchester

Ian McDiarmid is magnificent in the two pieces which make up The Lemon Table, taken from Julian Barnes’s 2004 collection of short stories of the same name.

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Music Review: Stephen Fretwell, Gorilla, Manchester

November 22, 2021 Comments Off on Music Review: Stephen Fretwell, Gorilla, Manchester

Ducking beneath the rumbling railway arches and skulking down to the side door of Manchester’s Gorilla always brings with it a sneaking feeling of mystery.

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Review: Manchester Folk Festival 2021

October 29, 2021 Comments Off on Review: Manchester Folk Festival 2021

Somehow, there are people still around who believe that ‘all folk music sounds the same’ or that it’s solely made by, and for, blokes with beards.

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Review: Inviolable – Joy as a form of resistance by Linnet Panashe Rubaya, Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester

June 24, 2021 Comments Off on Review: Inviolable – Joy as a form of resistance by Linnet Panashe Rubaya, Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester

It’s rare for me to visit a gallery and immediately think ‘oh, these are good’. More often, it’s ‘hmm’ or even ‘what?’.

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Leeds Lieder Festival 2021, Leeds Town Hall. Credit Justin Slee

Review: Leeds Lieder Festival 2021, Leeds Town Hall

June 24, 2021 Comments Off on Review: Leeds Lieder Festival 2021, Leeds Town Hall

It was the culmination of four days of exquisite musical offerings from this year’s Leeds Lieder Festival, with festival director Joseph Middleton joined on stage by soprano Carolyn Sampson and baritone Roderick Williams.

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Food Review: Habas Restaurant and Bar, Manchester

June 12, 2021 Comments Off on Food Review: Habas Restaurant and Bar, Manchester

Times are hard for restaurants.

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Hotel Review: Qbic Hotel and Motley’s Restaurant, Deansgate, Manchester

June 12, 2021 Comments Off on Hotel Review: Qbic Hotel and Motley’s Restaurant, Deansgate, Manchester

It’s the first week of relaxed lockdown restrictions, according to Boris Johnson’s roadmap to freedom, and, despite the odd speed bump in Bolton and Blackburn, we’re allowed to eat indoors (with certain restrictions) and even stay in a hotel.

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