Category Archives: Film & Theatre

The Accrington Pals, Royal Exchange Manchester. Bitter, brutal and beautiful!

It is fitting that Manchester’s Royal Exchange theatre begin the New Year by closing its winter season with ‘The Accrington Pals’ as themes of opportunity and finality, new horizons and brutal endings rifle through it. Inspired in part by a … Continue reading

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Miss Julie at The Royal Exchange – Electrically charged and beautifully bleak

On the whole, a play by Strindberg (1849-1912) is never going to be a day at the races, though if you count the two tragic deaths at this year’s Grand National, then maybe it is. A prolific writer who often … Continue reading

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Saturday Night And Sunday Morning at The Royal Exchange – exhilarating, sharp and real!

Now I’m fond of a bit of retro styling (80’s trash, early 60’s Rock & Roll fash, 40’s tailoring etc), but while I like to stylistically look back, I am under no ‘good old days’ delusion, style or otherwise. For … Continue reading

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Two at the Royal Exchange Theatre – Hilarious, haunting and very honest.

Oh the joys of pre-bought tickets. Last weekend started with Eggs Royal with my lovely friend Toni at Teacup in town. This was good because it meant a diary entry of “Toni, Teacup, 10”, (alliteratively meaning good conversation, warmth and … Continue reading

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Edward II at the Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester – A review.

It is surely a challenge for any director, to make a play, first performed over four centuries ago, understandable and relevant to a modern day audience. Yet, under Toby Frow’s direction, Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II at the Royal Exchange Theatre, … Continue reading

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84 – Edginess, cool and glamour go up in smoke

84/281 There was a mildly thought provoking article in this Sunday’s Observer by Euan Ferguson about fashion’s attraction to smoking. In Darling, you’re smoking, Euan looks at the glamour, the reality and the attraction of smoking in the world of … Continue reading

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74 – Elizabeth Taylor dies, another hole in our cultural comfort blanket

74/291 Within what feels like minutes, people all over facebook and twitter have changed their profile pics to various beautiful images of Elizabeth Taylor; people are tweeting humorous quotes by her; YouTube clips of her finest film moments are posted … Continue reading

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