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November 28, 2019

Please note this review originally appeared on North West End and is available to view here.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert burst onto the stage of The Palace Theatre in Manchester for opening night last night leaving a smattering of power pop hits, glitter and kangaroos in her tracks.

25 years since the iconic Aussie film became cornerstone of mainstream drag media, and original stage-Mitzi himself, Jason Donavan, has taken on the producer credits for this all round celebration of high-camp and high-energy drag.

Strictly Come Dancing star Joe McFadden will attract reality TV audiences, but it’s Miles Western as classy but razor sharp Bernadette and Nick Hayes as a sa...

November 23, 2019

After a four year musical hiatus, Manchester indie powerhouse Jack Hyphen launched his long-awaited EP Stops/Changes last Friday to a sold out Sacred Trinity Church.

On the same night folk and blues Co-Headliner James Stephen launched his brand new acoustic rock single 'Just Like That'.

Support came from an array of talented singer songwriters, all with complimenting different styles. First up was Moy Cohen, a 19 year old Mexico born soulful singer armed with his acoustic guitar and melancholy lyrics. His music is heartfelt and speaks of changes in his personal life.

Next up we had ForDaze, a regular on the Manchester open mic circuit, also performing shows everywher...

November 22, 2019

Please note this review originally appeared on North West End and can be found here.

The Opera House Manchester was plunged into darkness suddenly at the start of press night for famous horror story The Exorcist. Shrieks of surprise rippled across the audience as cast members walked amongst us in the blackout, and strobe lights left us all blinking and apprehensive into the opening scenes.

Sadly that was about as much suspense as the two hour performance managed to build, as a true horror fan I found myself wanting more thrills. What this production did exceptionally well however, was to highlight the inner conflict in the disturbing tale between the non-possessed m...

August 1, 2019

Entering The Pankhurst Centre on the hottest day of the year for a one night only preview of Clouds had everyone sweltering, much like most of the ladies of 1913 must’ve been in their layers of finery, all except Winifred Baxter.

Freddie Baxter wants to get her pilot license and become the first woman to enter an air race. She even wears trousers. As we sit in a small room at the birthplace of the Suffragette movement, I think we were all willing Freddie on and dreaming of being in the clouds ourselves.

Time and Again Theatre Company have created a brilliant melting pot of the social expectations, gender disparity and even some nephology of pre-war Britain with some...

July 21, 2019

Please note that this review was originally written for North West End and can be found here.

Delving into the mystery and excitement of the city’s underground cult venue Antwerp Mansion was always going to peak my intrigue and last night at Barred for Greater Manchester Fringe I’m so glad it did!

The recently rebranded arts venue is the perfect spot for some deftly delivered immersive theatre, you’re greeted on entry by two bartenders Immy and Cal. They serve you (free!) drinks, chat like any bartender would and you take a seat. Other punters pile in, we’re all chatting and the music is playing until it softens and lights go up on the grungy bar.

Immy and Cal begin...