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Cirque Berserk

Cirque Berserk

January 29, 2014 Comments Off on Cirque Berserk

Ah, the circus. The big top, the floor strewn with straw, the hard, wobbly benches, the clowns and trapeze artist, the strong man, the lions, tigers and bears, oh my!

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War Horse

War Horse

November 21, 2013 Comments Off on War Horse

There are lots of things in life that don’t live up to the hype: Crunchie ice cream bars, Lost in Translation (so self-indulgent I fought the desire to gouge out my own eyes), Michael Owen, the time U2 did disco. I could go on.

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Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo

On Stage With Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo

November 13, 2013 Comments Off on On Stage With Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo

To write about Emily Barker and & The Red Clay Halo is to dispense with the measured use of superlatives.

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Stewart Lee

Much A-Stew About Nothing

October 7, 2013 Comments Off on Much A-Stew About Nothing

If 2011’s Carpet Remnant World was Stewart Lee’s ground-breaking psychedelic album, then Much a-Stew About Nothing could – as its title suggests – be his next batch of unfinished demos.

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The Mikado

Rom-Com Opera in Salford

September 26, 2013 Comments Off on Rom-Com Opera in Salford

As I sipped my pre-performance glass of bubbly I couldn’t help but notice the attire of the other drinkers. Fleeces, hoodies, trainers and t-shirts with popular slogans abounded everywhere. I remarked to my guest, somewhat haughtily, that theatrical standards of dress had fallen.

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Evita

Surprisingly Good For You

July 31, 2013 Comments Off on Surprisingly Good For You

Evita is a bizarre ‘ole musical, isn’t it? Let’s do a musical about a dictatorship in South America and in particular, the life of Eva Peron, says Tim Rice, who was obsessed with the life of the former First Lady. Go on then, says his then long-time writing partner, Andrew Lloyd Webber.

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Injured Soldiers

In Balance With This Life, This Death

July 8, 2013 Comments Off on In Balance With This Life, This Death

When I was a serving soldier, inter-corps rivalry was everything. The British Army encouraged soldiers to take a fierce pride in each level of the structure, right down to platoon or section level.

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Islington Mill

Intervention Talk at Islington Mill Studios, Salford

May 29, 2013 Comments Off on Intervention Talk at Islington Mill Studios, Salford

Ten minutes walk from Manchester city centre is Islington Mill Studios, a former cotton-spinning mill which has been rehabilitated as the ultimate bohemian art space, thanks to the not inconsiderable efforts of ex-Central St. Martin’s fashion student and Salfordian Bill Campbell.

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WCML

Worlds within worlds: punk ladies, riot grrls and fanzine culture – Preview

May 22, 2013 Comments Off on Worlds within worlds: punk ladies, riot grrls and fanzine culture – Preview

As well as movements such as Chartism and the Suffragettes, the Working Class Movement Library in Salford also collects and promotes the histories of more recent radical movements including the punk scene in Britain.

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Sutra

Sutra, The Lowry

May 16, 2013 Comments Off on Sutra, The Lowry

The Lowry‘s Lyric theatre is packed on this dreary Tuesday. Dance is usually quite well attended here in the North West, with school groups, dance students and theatre-types, but tonight there is a real mixed bag in the auditorium, which is a thrill to see.

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