Music Review: Squeeze THE DIFFORD AND TILBROOK SONGBOOK 2019 – The Lowry, Salford

Squeeze. Photo Credit: Danny Clifford

Squeeze. Photo Credit: Danny Clifford

Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook may have been writing together for 45 years but the pair sound as sharp as ever on the Squeeze tour

4 out of 5 stars

As Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook belt out their 1979 hit UP THE JUNCTION, it’s hard to believe that the pair have been writing together for 45 years...

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Theatre Review: LIGHT FALLS – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Lloyd Hutchinson, Witney White, Rebecca Manley, Katie West & David Moorst in LIGHT FALLS

The company of LIGHT FALLS at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. Photo: Manuel Harlan

Funny, emotional and wonderfully performed, LIGHT FALLS is a bittersweet, richly layered play about life in the face of death

4 out of 5 stars

After 21 years at the venue including four as Artistic Director, Sarah Frankcom says goodbye to Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre this month with another stunningly staged production about family, community and the fragility of life. 

LIGHT FALLS tells the story of a family, draw...

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Theatre Review: ON YOUR FEET – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Philippa Stefani as Gloria Estefan and Company of ON YOUR FEET

Philippa Stefani as Gloria Estefan and Company of ON YOUR FEET. Photo Credit: Johan Persson

What ON YOUR FEET lacks in drama, it more than makes up for with its music

3.5 out of 5 stars

You may not know the story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan but you’ll certainly know their sound. Throughout the 80s and 90s, Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine topped the charts with their unique Latin-dance vibe, selling an estimated 115 million records worldwide and bagging three Grammy awards on the way...

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Music Review: Lisa Stansfield AFFECTION 30TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR – The Lowry, Salford

Lisa Stansfield AFFECTION 30th Anniversary UK Tour

Lisa Stansfield AFFECTION 30th Anniversary UK Tour. Photo Credit: Ed Fielding

30 years after the release of her debut solo album AFFECTION, Lisa Stansfield still knows how to command an audience

4 out of 5 stars

Lisa Stansfield brought an early 90s dance party vibe to Salford’s The Lowry on Saturday to mark the 30th-anniversary release of her debut solo album AFFECTION.

Released in 1989, the multi-platinum album went onto sell over 5 million copies worldwide, winning 3 BRIT Awards, 2 Ivor Novello Awards, a Bil...

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Theatre Review: THE EXORCIST – Opera House, Manchester

Eliza Capel (Regan) and Paul Nicholas (Father Merrin) in THE EXORCIS

Susannah Edgley (Regan) and Paul Nicholas (Father Merrin) in THE EXORCIST. Photo Credit: TheOtherRichard

With more tricks than Houdini, THE EXORCIST is a nostalgic revival of the classic 1973 film, paying homage to its unique narrative and direction

3 out of 5 stars

All your favourite horror tropes are hitting the Opera House as audiences call on Damien to resurrect the Oscar-winning thriller.

The live rendition of the supernatural tale continues the battle between good and evil, following 12-year-old Regan (...

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Theatre Review: AVENUE Q – Palace Theatre, Manchester

The cast of AVENUE Q UK Tour

Filthy, foul-mouthed and incredibly funny, AVENUE Q  is not the kind of puppet show you take your kids to see

4 out of 5 stars

As a long-time theatre reviewer, I’m ashamed to say that it’s taken me this long to see AVENUE Q. The Tony award-winning musical comedy first arrived in the UK back in 2006, spending two years in London’s West End before setting out on tour. Now, for the third time, AVENUE Q is back, with a new production directed and choreographed by Cressida Carré.

Best described as an X-rate...

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INTERVIEW: Bob Gale Talks BACK TO THE FUTURE THE MUSICAL

Bob Gale, co-writer and co-producer of BACK TO THE FUTURE. Photo: Phil Tragen

Bob Gale, co-writer and co-producer of BACK TO THE FUTURE. Photo: Phil Tragen

Co-writer and co-producer Bob Gale talks about bringing iconic 1980s film BACK TO THE FUTURE to the big stage as a new musical

From DIE HARD and DIRTY DANCING to ET and FERRIS BULLER’S DAY OUT, the 1980s is full of iconic movies that defined an era, no more so than BACK TO THE FUTURE.

Released in 1985, BACK TO THE FUTURE tells the story of teenager Marty McFly who is accidentally transported back to 1955 in a time-tr...

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INTERVIEW: Midge Costin Talks MAKING WAVES: THE ART OF CINEMATIC SOUND

Midge Costin at the BFI London Film Festival

Director Midge Costin talks to Frankly My Dear UK about MAKING WAVES: THE ART OF CINEMATIC SOUND and why sound is so important in film

From the buzz of the lightsabers in STAR WARS to the deafening silence in A QUIET PLACE, the importance of sound in cinema is undeniable. Yet, it is also an art form that is often forgotten about...

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Theatre Review: CURTAINS – Palace Theatre, Manchester

The cast of CURTAINS THE MUSICAL

The cast of CURTAINS THE MUSICAL. Photo Credit: Richard Davenport

Poking fun out of the purest love, CURTAINS is a heartfelt celebration of the romance of musicals

3.5 out of 5 stars

It’s fair to say that the road to Broadway for CURTAINS THE MUSICAL has been nearly as fraught as that of “Robbin’ Hood”...

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BFI #LFF 2019: TELL ME WHO I AM Film Review

Inspired by the autobiography of the same name, TELL ME WHO I AM is a powerfully cinematic exploration of trauma, identity and redemption

3.5 out of 5 stars

Following the release of his Oscar-nominated documentary short BLACK SHEEP, director Ed Perkins returns to the big screen with his latest feature, TELL ME WHO I AM, a potent and moving examination of memory, trauma and personal responsibility.

Best described as part documentary, part theatrical play and part thriller, TELL ME WHO I AM tells the story of ide...

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