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Billy Elliot

It’s not very often that we get great northern theatre — theatre based in the north but also about the north. Now that Billy Elliot’s tour has made its way to Manchester’s Palace Theatre the north is in for a treat. The tale of Billy Elliot is heart warming from start to finish, it explore… Continue reading Billy Elliot

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has claimed its place as the play of the year — it is quite simply magic. I am more than happy to admit that I am a Potterhead, I’ve read the books more times than I can count, watched the films; I’ve been to the studio, the wizarding world… Continue reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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Shakespeare Saturday

How can one begin to even describe the Bard? William Shakespeare is one of, if not the, most influential person of the literary world to walk the earth. He didn’t just give us plays and sonnets, but defined new genres, tested out stories, and produced characters that have remained in the public eye for four-hundred-years.… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturday

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Macbeth

Is this a dagger which I see before me, its handle toward my hand? Macbeth, Macbeth oh worthy Macbeth. I do enjoy a bit of Shakespeare, and seeing the Bard’s work on stage overrides any understanding you can gain from reading alone. I therefore found myself at Manchester’s HOME to see a modern take on… Continue reading Macbeth

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The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music bounced onto the Lowry’s stage in a musical extravaganza of a show for this Christmas. Filled with the classics of Do Re Me, Edelweiss and Sound of Music the music carried the show and transported the audience back to the 1930s. Beginning in the Abbey, the nuns were serious and melancholy… Continue reading The Sound of Music

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The Assembled- York Spring Festival of New Music

Moving completely out of my comfort zone this week, I ventured to York to view a concert of experimental and exploratory music; a performance unlike anything I have seen before. It was certainly not at all as I expected, the abandoned church was the perfect space for the music and performance especially for the eerie… Continue reading The Assembled- York Spring Festival of New Music