Album Review: NOTES FROM AN ISLAND by Blair Dunlop


NOTES FROM AN ISLAND marks Blair Dunlop’s most mature work to date as well as his most accessible

Blair Dunlop may only be 26 but the award-winning singer-songwriter has already cemented his place as one of Britain’s most exciting folk talents. In the past four years, Dunlop has released three studio albums, two EPs and has toured extensively around the globe, with his latest solo album NOTES FROM AN ISLAND marking his best work to date.

For those new to the name, Blair Dunlop is a British ...

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Eleanor Brown in rehearsals for SUMMER HOLIDAY

Eleanor Brown in rehearsals for SUMMER HOLIDAY. Photo Credit: Ray Jefferson, Bolton Camera Club

Eleanor Brown talks to Frankly My Dear UK about taking on the iconic role of Barbara in Bolton Octagon’s innovative site-specific production of 1960s musical SUMMER HOLIDAY

As Bolton’s Octagon Theatre closes its doors for important redevelopment work, the theatre continues their 50th Anniversary season with an exciting new site-specific staging of the much-loved 1960s musical film SUMMER HOLIDAY.


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Nigel Slater's TOAST Review: A phenomenal piece of British nostalgia which brings more than just a single memory to the stage

Lizzie Muncey and Sam Newton in TOAST.

Lizzie Muncey and Sam Newton in TOAST. Photo Credit: The Other Richard

Nigel Slater’s TOAST is a phenomenal piece of British nostalgia which brings more than just a single memory to life on stage

The theme for the second of The Lowry’s Week 53 Festival is ‘coming of age’ and TOAST, an interactive trip down memory lane which explores the childhood of one of Britain’s favourite foodies, Nigel Slater, couldn’t be more fitting.

Adapted from Nigel Slater’s book ‘Toast – The Story of a Boy’s H...

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Theatre Review: HAPPY DAYS – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Maxine Peake as Winnie in HAPPY DAYS.

Maxine Peake as Winnie in HAPPY DAYS at Royal Exchange Theatre. Photo Credit: Johan Persson

Strange, surreal but surprisingly life-affirming, HAPPY DAYS is a challenging two-hander about love, life and relationships

Following the success of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, THE SKRIKER and HAMLET, Maxine Peake reunites with Royal Exchange Artistic Director Sarah Frankcom to take on Samuel Beckett’s surreal masterpiece HAPPY DAYS.

Written by Beckett in 1961, HAPPY DAYS tells the story of Winnie and Wil...

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INTERVIEW: Natasha Hodgson from Kill The Beast talks DIRECTOR’S CUT

DIRECTORS CUT by Kill The Beast

Natasha Hodgson from Kill The Beast talks about their new show DIRECTOR’S CUT and how the theatre company have perfected their style over the years

Ahead of its premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August, Kill the Beast Theatre Company bring their new show DIRECTOR’S CUT to The Lowry next month.

Described as a “hilarious farce with a twist of horror”, DIRECTOR’S CUT is a ghost story set on a 1970s film set...

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First Image and Behind The Scenes With Connor McIntyre and Les Dennis in Costume for CINDERELLA

The first image of Coronation Street’s Connor McIntyre and Les Dennis in costume as the Ugly Sisters ahead of this year’s pantomime, CINDERELLA have been released by Manchester’s Opera House.

Connor McIntyre, who currently plays Pat Phelan in the ITV soap and is set to make a dramatic return next week, has said that his first stint in pantomime this Christmas will be ‘a welcome antidote’ to playing the villainous Pat Phelan for the last few years.

Les Dennis has also exclusively rev...

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Theatre Review: BRIGHTON ROCK – The Lowry, Salford

Sinister, suspenseful and incredibly inventive, Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of BRIGHTON ROCK is a chilling retelling of Graham Greene’s iconic novel

Acclaimed writer Bryony Lavery brings the dark underworld of Graham Greene’s iconic novel BRIGHTON ROCK to the stage with a chilling retelling of this brilliant and classic story.

Set in 1960s Brighton, BRIGHTON ROCK tells the story of Pinkie, a sociopathic teenage boy who takes over after the boss of his mob is killed...

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INTERVIEW: Choreographer Cathy Marston Talks JANE EYRE

Northern Ballet JANE EYRE

Joseph Taylor as Mr Rochester and Mariana Rodrigues as Bertha Mason in Jane Eyre. Photo: Emma Kauldhar

Northern Ballet brings one of literature’s most iconic heroines to life on stage with a new revival of JANE EYRE.

Based on the novel by Charlotte Brontë, JANE EYRE tells the story of a plain but intelligent child who grows up knowing little kindness...

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Teentalitarianism at Week 53 Festival – The Lowry, Salford


Teentalitarianism at Ruhrtriennale Festival 2016. Photo Credit: Lukas Wenniger

As part of the events taking place during this year’s Week 53 Festival at The Lowry, Mammalian Diving Reflex have brought their “Teentalitarianism” project and will be running several events throughout the festival.

Annalise Prodor, Operations Manager and Co-producer of “Teentaitarianism”, describes the project as a festival within Week 53, infiltrated and run by teenagers...

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Girl Gang Manchester immersive celebration of the 90’s slacker gal classic ROMY AND MICHELE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION heads to The Lowry’s Week 53 Festival this weekend celebrating lifelong friendships, repairing youthful wounds and reminding us all that it’s OK to be awesomely average.

Using decor, performers, workshops, speakers, participation, party bags, dressing up, dancing and much much more,  Girl Gang create fun, meaningful, accessible events encouraging creativity, collaboration, confi...

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