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Theatre Review: Jack and the Beanstalk, Oldham Coliseum

November 18, 2019 No Comments

Director Chris Lawson’s first panto at Oldham Coliseum is a belter. And it has the best pantomime cow I have ever seen, in any pantomime, anywhere.

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Getting the Third Degree, Salford Arts Theatre

Theatre Review: Getting the Third Degree, Salford Arts Theatre

November 16, 2019 No Comments

In a first for Northern Soul, three of my interests have combined in one night: theatre, soul music and football.

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Eilidh Loan (Mary Shelley) & Ben Castle-Gibb (Victor Frankenstein) in Frankenstein. Photo by Tommy Ga-Ken Wan 038 (Small)

Theatre Review: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Playhouse, Liverpool

November 13, 2019 No Comments

Playwright Rona Munro tells us in her forward to the programme for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein that she has a “visceral aversion” to analyses of a writer’s work that use their biography “to interpret the stories they told”.

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Phil Cheadle in Reasons to Stay Alive. Photo by Johan Persson

Theatre Review: Reasons to Stay Alive, HOME, Manchester

October 31, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Reasons to Stay Alive, HOME, Manchester

I am nothing if not a Matt Haig fangirl.

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How to Beat Up Your Dad, The Talleyrand, Levenshulme, Manchester

Theatre Review: How to Beat Up Your Dad, The Talleyrand, Levenshulme

October 22, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: How to Beat Up Your Dad, The Talleyrand, Levenshulme

Jonny Genet, Sam Beckett and Ant Artaud walk into a bar.

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Julie Hesmondhalgh (June) in There Are No Beginnings at Leeds Playhouse. Photography by Zoe Martin

Theatre Review: There are No Beginnings, Leeds Playhouse

October 22, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: There are No Beginnings, Leeds Playhouse

For those who lived through the time of the Yorkshire Ripper, much of his reign of terror was characterised by an intermittent series of horrific news items and, as the number of victims increased, lots of analysis about the case.

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North West Wonders 2019 by BAPS Theatre

Review: North West Wonders, Twenty Twenty Two, Manchester

October 4, 2019 Comments Off on Review: North West Wonders, Twenty Twenty Two, Manchester

This year’s North West Wonders was extraordinary, writes Megan Chapman.

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“It’s about community and the people around you.” Playwright Chris Hoyle talks to Northern Soul

September 23, 2019 Comments Off on “It’s about community and the people around you.” Playwright Chris Hoyle talks to Northern Soul

“Once I was sacked from Corrie, I had enough to probably buy a small terraced house,” says Chris Hoyle. “But instead I spent obscene amounts of money on designer clothes.”

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Theatre Review: A Taste of Honey, The Lowry, Salford

September 23, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: A Taste of Honey, The Lowry, Salford

Down the decades, Salford has had a tempestuous relationship with its playwright progeny Shelagh Delaney.

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MACBETH by Shakespeare, , Writer - William Shakespeare, Director - Christopher Haydon, DESIGNER - Oli Townsend, LIGHTING DESIGNER - Colin Grenfell, The Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester, Manchester, 2019, Credit: Johan Persson/

Theatre Review: Macbeth, Royal Exchange, Manchester

September 19, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Macbeth, Royal Exchange, Manchester

I grew up in Shakespeare’s Country (Stratford-upon-Avon to be precise) so I should be used to The Bard going on a bit.

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