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INTERVIEW: Irit Dekel Talks About Her New Solo Album HELLO

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Israeli singer-songwriter Irit Dekel talks to Frankly My Dear UK about her new album HELLO and her first UK headline tour

Fresh from supporting Caro Emerald on tour, Israeli singer-songwriter Irit Dekel heads out on her first UK headline tour to promote her new solo album HELLO.

Born in Haifa, Israel’s third largest city, Irit is a female vocalist currently living in London. Her journey into the music industry is certainly interesting, if somewhat unconventional...

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Book Review: ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE by Gail Honeyman

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Charming, funny and hugely moving, ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE is an absorbing debut by Gail Honeyman

Everyone is talking about ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE and rightly so. Since its release in May 2017, Gail Honeyman’s debut novel has taken the world by storm and is soon to be made into a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon.

ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE follows the day-to-day life of Eleanor Oliphant, a single, 30-something woman who leads a simple life...

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Theatre Review: SHREK: THE MUSICAL – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Steffan Harri as Shrek and Laura Main as Princess Fiona in SHREK THE MUSICAL UK Tour

Big, bold and colourful – just like the green man himself – SHREK: THE MUSICAL is a modern day fairy tale like no other

Forget Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty or Little Red Riding Hood, ask any child what their favourite fairy tale is and chances are Shrek will feature. Since the release of the DreamWorks animation film in 2001, SHREK has taken the world by storm, resulting in three film sequels as well as a musical stage adaption which is currently on tour across the UK and Ireland.

Based on th...

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Film Review: THE COMMUTER

Liam Neeson and Vera Farmiga in THE COMMUTER

Jaume Collet-Serra formulaic thriller THE COMMUTER boasts enough twists and turns to keep you entertained

Following NON-STOP in 2014 and RUN ALL NIGHT in 2015, Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra returns with his third instalment in his planes, trains and automobile action trilogy, THE COMMUTER.

THE COMMUTER follows Michael MacCauley (Liam Neeson), an insurance salesman who takes the train every day into the city for work...

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Manchester Film Festival Announces 2018 Line Up

MANIFF Official Selection 2018

Over 100 feature and short films will be screened as part of the four-day film festival this March

Manchester Film Festival has announced its full film line-up for 2018 with over 100 feature films, documentaries, animation, music, experimental and short films screening at the four-day festival.

Taking place at Odeon Great Northern between 1st to 4th March, this year’s festival aims to break away from the generic film festival format of branding and stranding by ditching the traditional category...

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Theatre Review: RACHEL – The Lowry, Salford

RACHEL by Stevie Helps

Stevie Helps’ ambitious but flawed play RACHEL falls short of delivering a serious message on mental health

One of the advantages of being a theatre blogger is that I get to see a real diverse mix of theatre. Whilst I love reviewing the big musicals and plays, it’s often the smaller, edgier and more thought-provoking productions that tend to leave a lasting impression. So when I read the synopsis for Stevie Helps new play RACHEL, I was naturally intrigued.

RACHEL tells the story of a young wo...

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INTERVIEW: Maury Yeston Talks TITANIC THE MUSICAL

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Maury Yeston talks about bringing five-time Tony award-winning TITANIC THE MUSICAL to the UK on tour

Following its award-winning run on Broadway and at London’s Charing Cross Theatre in 2016, TITANIC THE MUSICAL finally sets sail for its first ever tour across the UK and Ireland.

Based on the book by Peter Stone and music and lyrics by Maury Yeston, TITANIC THE MUSICAL tells the story of the real people aboard the most legendary ship in the world...

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Film Review: DOWNSIZING

Matt Damon, Jason Sudeikis, Maribeth Monroe, and Kristen Wiig in Downsizing (2017)

Despite its intriguing concept and initial promise, DOWNSIZING ultimately fails to leave a lasting impression

With the average population increasing at estimated an 83 million people per year, overpopulation remains a serious threat to the future of mankind. But what if, instead of attempting to reduce the number of people, we literally reduced the people? This is the premise of Alexander Payne’s new film DOWNSIZING.

Payne’s first foray into science fiction tells the story Paul Safranek (Mat...

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INTERVIEW: Paapa Essiedu Talks HAMLET

Paapa Essiedu in RSC's touring production of HAMLET

Paapa Essiedu talks about reprising the title role of HAMLET in Royal Shakespeare Company’s UK touring production

Following its critically acclaimed run at Stratford-upon-Avon in 2016, the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is taking its award-winning production of HAMLET on tour across the UK.

Opening at Salford’s The Lowry before visiting Plymouth, Hull, Newcastle upon Tyne and Northampton, HAMLET tells the story of Prince of Denmark who is called by the ghost of his father, King Hamlet, to s...

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INTERVIEW: Louis Dempsey Talks THE WEIR

Louis Dempsey as Finbar in THE WEIR UK Tour

Louis Dempsey talks to Frankly My Dear UK about his role as Finbar in THE WEIR

It’s hard to believe that Conor McPherson’s award-winning play THE WEIR is over 20 years old. Before it took the theatre world by storm, THE WEIR was booked to play for just three weeks to an audience of 60 people a night when it first opened at The Royal Court in 1997...

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