Theatre Review: PARLIAMENT SQUARE – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

PARLIAMENT SQUARE at Royal Exchange Theatre

Shocking, gripping and thought-provoking, PARLIAMENT SQUARE is a powerful play about the fallout of political protest

It’s fair to say that playwright James Fritz is riding on a high. His debut play FOUR MINUTES TWELVE SECONDS was nominated for an Olivier Award before transferring to London’s West End and his follow-up play ROSS & RACHEL opened to critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015...

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Gig Review: Michael Kiwanuka – The Lowry, Salford

Michael Kiwanuka 2017 Tour

Michael Kiwanuka’s new album LOVE & HATE signals a new and more sophisticated phase in the artist’s career

Five years after the release of his debut album HOME AGAIN, Michael Kiwanuka makes a welcome return to the music scene. Following a number of sell-out dates in May, including a night at London’s Royal Albert Hall, the British singer-songwriter takes his critically acclaimed second album LOVE & HATE out on the road for seven new shows – and it certainly packs a powerful punch.

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INTERVIEW: Liz McClarnon talks ELF THE MUSICAL

Liz McClarnon in ELF THE MUSICAL

Liz McClarnon chats to Frankly My Dear UK about her role as Jovie in ELF THE MUSICAL

Following its record-breaking run in London’s West End in 2015-16, ELF THE MUSICAL finally heads to Salford’s The Lowry next month for a seven week run over the Christmas period.

Based on the 2003 hit film starring Will Ferrell, ELF THE MUSICAL tells the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s sack and is transported back to the North Pole...

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Theatre Review: AUSTENTATIOUS – THE IMPROVISED JANE AUSTEN NOVEL, The Lowry, Salford

AUSTENTATIOUS UK Tour 2017

AUSTENTATIOUS is a Regency treat is guaranteed to delight Austen novices and die-hard fans alike

Fresh from six sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a monthly residency in London’s Leicester Square, AUSTENTATIOUS heads out once again with a brand new UK tour. 

Performed by some of the country’s quickest comic actors, AUSTENTATIOUS is an improvised comedy play spun in the inimitable style of Jane Austen...

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BFI #LFF 2017: THE BALLAD OF SHIRLEY COLLINS Film Review

Shirley Collins in The Ballad of Shirley Collins (2017)

THE BALLAD OF SHIRLEY COLLINS is a touching story of an important voice lost and found

Following their award-winning documentary WAY OF THE MORRIS, filmmakers Rob Curry and Tim Plester return to the screen with THE BALLAD OF SHIRLEY COLLINS, a lyrical response to the life and work of folk music icon Shirley Collins.

Loosely based on Shirley’s autobiography AMERICA OVER THE WATER, THE BALLAD OF SHIRLEY COLLINS explores the story behind one of the important British folk singers of the 20th centu...

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Theatre Review: EDWARD GANT’S AMAZING FEATS OF LONELINESS! – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

EDWARD GANT’S AMAZING FEATS OF LONELINESS by People Zoo Productions

EDWARD GANT’S AMAZING FEATS OF LONELINESS by People Zoo Productions. Photo: Tom Barker

Bold, bizarre and a little bonkers, EDWARD GANT’S AMAZING FEATS OF LONELINESS! captures the peculiar atmosphere of the Victorian freak show

In 1881, the famed and enigmatic impresario Mr Edward Gant presented his renowned travelling show for the final time: a bizarre evening of grotesquery, black comedy and mystery...

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BFI #LFF 2017: BAD GENIUS Film Review

BAD GENIUS Film Still

Tense, pacey and wickedly smart, BAD GENIUS is an exam-heist thriller like you’ve never seen before

Whether you’re 16 or 60, almost everyone can remember the pressure of high school exams. But while here in the UK GCSE and A Level results are certainly important, in Thailand good grades mean everything...

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BFI #LFF 2017: THE NILE HILTON INCIDENT Film Review

THE NILE HILTON INCIDENT Film Still

Tarik Saleh’s gritty political thriller THE NILE HILTON INCIDENT is a wonderfully tense homage to film noir

Fresh from its award-win at the 2017 Sundance Festival, Tarik Saleh brings his gritty political thriller THE NILE HILTON INCIDENT to this year’s London Film Festival.

Set against the backdrop of the Egyptian Revolution, THE NILE HILTON INCIDENT follows corrupt police detective Noredin Mustafa who is called in to investigate the murder of a famous club singer at Cairo’s Nile Hilton Ho...

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BFI #LFF 2017: ANCHOR AND HOPE Film Review

Natalia Tena, David Verdaguer, and Oona Chaplin in Anchor and Hope (2017)

Smart and funny, ANCHOR AND HOPE is a bittersweet story about love, life and longing

Following the success of his first feature film 10,000 KM, Carlos Marques-Marcet returns to the big screen with ANCHOR AND HOPE, a bittersweet story about love, life and longing.

ANCHOR AND HOPE tells the story of lesbian couple Eva (Oona Chaplin) and Kat (Natalia Tena) whose relationship is put under strain when Kat’s close friend Roger (David Verdaguer) comes to stay...

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BFI #LFF 2017: PROFESSOR MARSTON & THE WONDER WOMEN Film Review

Bella Heathcote in Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017)

Well-crafted and beautifully shot, PROFESSOR MARSTON & THE WONDER WOMEN is a entertaining biopic about the man behind the world’s most famous female superhero of all time

Angela Robinson’s new biopic about the private life of WONDER WOMAN creator Dr William Moulton Marston couldn’t have come at a better time. Following the success of Patty Jenkin’s film earlier this year and with JUSTICE LEAGUE set for release next month, the world is wild right now for WONDER WOMAN and it’s easy to see why...

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