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Blog: Tim Harrison

Sick! Festival has always dealt with some of the most challenging experiences that we live through, and die from. Over the years, issues relating to mental illness and wellbeing have been a constant thread through…

Read more... Feb 22 2017 |

Review: Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom

Half term in the middle of winter can be a difficult one to fill with stimulating activities, and limiting screen time to the one or two hours a day recommended is likely to go to…

Read more... Feb 17 2017 |

Blog: Torben Betts

I started writing the play Invincible as the summer of 2012 was fading into memory and I was trying to work out what the hell was going on in this country and quite how I…

Read more... Feb 06 2017 |

Preview: British Music Experience

As a musical city Liverpool has consistently punched above its weight. With this in mind, it’s little wonder that when the acclaimed British Music Experience was seeking a new home, following five years in the…

Read more... Feb 06 2017 |

Sick! Festival is back

The Sick! Festival returns to Manchester and Salford this year, once again using the arts to explore questions of physical and mental health and the most turbulent experiences of living in the modern world. And…

Read more... Jan 31 2017 |

Preview: Identity, Photography, Fashion

A new exhibition at Liverpool’s Open Eye Gallery explores just what the north’s fashion signifies to the wider world. Co-curated by Lou Stoppard and Adam Murray, North: Identity, Photography, Fashion aims to examine the link…

Read more... Jan 30 2017 |

Blog: Lizzie Nunnery

Some time four years ago I met for a cup of tea with Hannah Tyrrell Pinder of Box of Tricks Theatre in a café in the Northern Quarter in Manchester. I don’t remember the name…

Read more... Jan 24 2017 |

Review: Pinocchio at the Dukes, Lancaster

Lancaster’s Dukes Theatre has a growing reputation for children’s theatre that was this year cemented when it won the UK Theatre Award for best production for children and young people for its summer walkabout production…

Read more... Jan 04 2017 |

Blog: Claire Gibbons

Twenty-three years ago, I left the North West to study at the University of Bradford. I was a bit apprehensive about leaving my family and friends for the big(ish) city, but I soon settled in…

Read more... Jan 04 2017 | Comments (1)

Preview: Christmas family theatre

Traditional panto will always entertain kids, but with a world of digital entertainment at their fingertips children are smarter than ever and have come to expect more. Luckily for them, there’s an abundance of theatre-makers…

Read more... Dec 19 2016 | Comments (1)

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