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Rob Johnston

Art of Class: Rob Johnston

May 23, 2018 Comments Off on Art of Class: Rob Johnston

In a new series, Northern Soul’s Cathy Crabb talks to working class creative people, some already established, some emerging, and some setting their stall out to create more work for others. This week it’s Rob Johnston, a Manchester-based writer and producer with more than 30 plays staged professionally, both as a commissioned writer and as a producer of his own plays via Breathe Out Theatre. Johnston won the 2011 Kings Cross Award for New Writing for Einstein’s Daughter. Dark Satanic won Best Drama at the 2017 Manchester Fringe Festival.

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Theatre Review: The Girl on the Train, West Yorkshire Playhouse

May 23, 2018 No Comments

Don’t you just hate it when you’ve spent hours of your life reading a whodunnit only to find that the author solves the crime by bringing on a total stranger at the end?

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Hikikomori, The Lowry

Review: Hikikomori – The Shelter, The Lowry, Salford

May 21, 2018 No Comments

In the blink of an eye, The Lowry has come of age and, as part of its 18th birthday celebrations, the Week 53 festival has decked itself out in thematically apt bunting.

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Long Day's Journey into Night, HOME, Manchester

Review: Long Day’s Journey into Night, HOME, Manchester

May 21, 2018 No Comments

It’s now a cliché that each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

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Theatre Review: Titanic the Musical, The Lowry, Salford

May 11, 2018 No Comments

If you’re on your way to The Lowry expecting a revival of the karaoke classic My Heart Will Go On and a 21st century recreation of James Cameron’s tragic love story, you’re in for a surprise.

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Julie Hesmondhalgh by Jonathan Keenan

“They transform people’s lives.” Julie Hesmondhalgh talks to Northern Soul

May 3, 2018 Comments Off on “They transform people’s lives.” Julie Hesmondhalgh talks to Northern Soul

Julie Hesmondhalgh has my phone number.

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Othello, Patrick Brennan, Paul Duckworth, Cerith Flinn & Golda Rosheuvel -Photograph by Jonathan Keenan

Review: Othello, Liverpool Everyman

May 3, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Othello, Liverpool Everyman

It is the fate of Golda Rosheuvel that her gender will be the first thing that many people comment upon when critiquing her performance as Othello.

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JB Shorts, 53two, Manchester

Review: JB Shorts 19, 53two, Manchester

April 30, 2018 Comments Off on Review: JB Shorts 19, 53two, Manchester

Social media, gizmos and gadgetry have decimated the attention span of many people.

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Vanessa Schofield as Louisa Gradgrind and Howard Chadwick as Josiah Bounderby- Hard Times - Photo by Nobby Clark

Review: Hard Times, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

April 30, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Hard Times, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Charles Dickens’ classic novel, which explores the idea of social standing in relation to facts and the importance of entertainment and fun in shaping young minds, has been adapted to the stage by Deborah McAndrew in splendid fashion.

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The Cherry Orchard

Review: The Cherry Orchard, Royal Exchange, Manchester

April 26, 2018 Comments Off on Review: The Cherry Orchard, Royal Exchange, Manchester

I’ve got a confession to make, I don’t know much about Chekhov.

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