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Jackie Kay (photo by Denise Else)

“A reader has their own way of interpreting your whole story.” Poet Jackie Kay talks to Northern Soul

September 9, 2019 No Comments

Jackie Kay’s 2010 acclaimed memoir Red Dust Road is the story of a journey as Kay comes to terms with the fact that she’s adopted and gradually wends her way from Scotland to Nigeria in search of her birth parents. But the book has since gone on a journey of its own.

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The Picture of the Artist: poet Andrew McMillan talks to Northern Soul

September 6, 2019 No Comments

“It’s the culmination of the trilogy, each of which I think looks at the idea of ‘monster’ and what that means in contemporary society.”

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Theatre Review: Jerry Springer – The Musical, Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

August 16, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Jerry Springer – The Musical, Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Not that long ago, in 2006, when Jerry Springer – The Opera, Richard Thomas and Stewart Lee’s outlandish and provocative satire of over-the-top tabloid chat shows, first toured this country, outraged citizens (who in all probability hadn’t actually seen the show but knew in their hearts that they should definitely be outraged) demonstrated long and hard outside any regional theatres who had the balls to mount the show – sorry, this sort of stuff does seem to be catching after all.

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The Borrowers, Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester. Image by Mark Carline

Theatre Review: The Borrowers, Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester

August 6, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Borrowers, Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester

It was always going to be interesting to discover how the world of The Borrowers, those helpful miniature beings, would be created.

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Theatre Review: Early Doors: One More Chance, The Lowry, Salford

July 29, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Early Doors: One More Chance, The Lowry, Salford

First things first: the original two-series TV version of Early Doors was an utter gem.

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Olly Dobson and Bob Gale Pic copyright Phil Tragen 2019

“If you want to see the movie, see the movie.” Bob Gale talks to Northern Soul about Back to the Future – The Musical

July 25, 2019 Comments Off on “If you want to see the movie, see the movie.” Bob Gale talks to Northern Soul about Back to the Future – The Musical

Here’s the thing. The blockbuster film Back To The Future was first released in 1985, starring Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, a rock ‘n’ roll-loving teenager who is accidentally transported back to 1955 in a time-travelling DeLorean (ask your parents) invented by his friend, Dr Emmett Brown, played by Christopher Lloyd.

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“Great art creates a reaction.” Northern Ricochet talks to Northern Soul

July 20, 2019 Comments Off on “Great art creates a reaction.” Northern Ricochet talks to Northern Soul

The arts world could never be accused of being over-funded, so to set up a new venture is always a bold move.

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The Fountainhead. Manchester International Festival

Review: The Fountainhead, Manchester International Festival, The Lowry

July 15, 2019 Comments Off on Review: The Fountainhead, Manchester International Festival, The Lowry

A four-hour, Dutch subtitled, dramatised version of The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand might seem as appealing as a dinner party invite from Tommy Robinson, but when it’s directed by one of the world’s most acclaimed directors it’s an opportunity to see a startling and resonant piece of theatre.

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Invisible Cities, Manchester International Festival

Review: Invisible Cities, Manchester International Festival

July 8, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Invisible Cities, Manchester International Festival

With the pervasive smell of brick dust hanging in the air and the stage curtained off with projections mapping Kublai Khan’s kingdom, we embark on a tale of empire.

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Theatre Review: Tree, Manchester International Festival 2019

July 8, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Tree, Manchester International Festival 2019

Enclosed in Upper Campfield Market, we gather standing around the stage to experience the secrets and lies around one man’s journey into the heart of South Africa and the uncovering of his family tree.

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