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Review: Clown Fest, Manchester

August 1, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Clown Fest, Manchester

Before I went to Clown Fest I thought there were two kinds of clown: kiddy clowns and scary clowns.

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John(Mark Springer) and Winston(Edward Dede) share a joke in The Island which runs at The Dukes from April 28-May 6

Theatre Review: The Island, The Dukes, Lancaster

May 1, 2017 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Island, The Dukes, Lancaster

The origins of The Dukes’ latest two-hander production of The Island are legendary.

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Review: Ashes, Bolton Octagon

March 1, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Ashes, Bolton Octagon

One look at Ciaran Bagnall’s marvellously monumental set and we’re back in the 1970s, a world of white surfaces, chrome, and chunky design.

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Review: I Was A Wife, The Dukes, Lancaster

February 22, 2017 Comments Off on Review: I Was A Wife, The Dukes, Lancaster

The last time I saw Polly Lister on stage, she was on her way to winning a 2015 UK Theatre award for best performance in a play.

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Northern Soul’s Best Reads of 2016

January 13, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul’s Best Reads of 2016

There’s little doubt that 2016 was tumultuous, what with Brexit, Trump and the passing of all those lovely celebs. But it was also a cracking year for literature. 

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Review: The Ockerbys on Ice, The Dukes, Lancaster

October 13, 2016 Comments Off on Review: The Ockerbys on Ice, The Dukes, Lancaster

The title’s a teaser. Has departing Dukes director Joe Sumsion gone the full Rick Wakeman in his final production and decided that what an everyday story of Northern folk needs is a touch of Las Vegas, Frozen-style?

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Review: The Taming of the Shrew, Lancaster Castle

August 12, 2016 Comments Off on Review: The Taming of the Shrew, Lancaster Castle

Cometh the summer, cometh the outdoor Shakespeare.

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Review: The Hobbit, Williamson Park, Lancaster

July 19, 2016 Comments Off on Review: The Hobbit, Williamson Park, Lancaster

I never did read The Hobbit. Our village library had a copy but getting hold of it was about as easy as, well, stealing dragon’s treasure.

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