Rewinding the Welfare State: An examination of North-East Social History on Film. Various locations across the North in 2020.

A Teesside University academic with a special interest in the social evolution of our region captured on film, has partnered with the North East Film Archive to launch Rewinding the Welfare State, a touring programme of screenings which form part of the Archive’s North East on Film project and aims to connect the region’s communities … Continue reading Rewinding the Welfare State: An examination of North-East Social History on Film. Various locations across the North in 2020.

Preview: The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff. Northern Stage

A new theatrical version of The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff performed by BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winners, The Young’uns opens Northern Stage’s 50th anniversary season this February. Directed by Lorne Campbell, The Young’uns, Northern Stage and Harbourfront Centre Toronto present a musical celebration of northern working-class activism, following the smash-hit success of The Last … Continue reading Preview: The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff. Northern Stage

Banff Mountain Film Festival 2020: Venues across the North

The Banff Mountain Film Festival has grown and grown since its inception in 1976 – and is one of the iconic series of events that the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity are bringing to the UK across 2020. The tour this year features two different collections of extraordinary films from the world’s best adventure … Continue reading Banff Mountain Film Festival 2020: Venues across the North

Review: Dr Korczak’s Example. Leeds Playhouse

It would be very difficult for anyone visiting Leeds Playhouse since the completion of its £15.8m transformation in the autumn of 2019, not to be impressed with any number of the outstanding features and facilities that now greet the theatre-goer as the iconic Quarry Hill site is approached. Pass Chumbawamba’s life-affirming “I get knocked down … Continue reading Review: Dr Korczak’s Example. Leeds Playhouse

Manchester Collective: “We create intimate and intense human experiences, built around live music.” The 2019/20 Season to date.

Manchester Collective recently concluded the latest section of their 2019/20 season with a sold-out performance of Ecstatic Dances at Manchester’s Stoller Hall. Prior to that - along with a rapidly-growing crowd of the ensemble’s Yorkshire following - I was fortunate to witness a remarkable evening of music in the Crypt at Leeds Town Hall, as … Continue reading Manchester Collective: “We create intimate and intense human experiences, built around live music.” The 2019/20 Season to date.

In Praise of the North: Christmas with Durham Cathedral Choir

It is true that many of us look forward to the end of the year. It’s a chance to stop, reflect, perhaps refocus our energies and hopefully look forward to what lays ahead in the new year. Emotions ranging from euphoria to down-right exhaustion, are always evident on any High Street as the month of … Continue reading In Praise of the North: Christmas with Durham Cathedral Choir

Review: The Night Before Christmas. Leeds Playhouse

I’m definitely not a 21st century incarnation of Ebenezer Scrooge (I’ve checked this with my kids), but I do get more than a bit anxious as November clicks into December and already many Christmas Markets have been and gone and mince pies are BOGOFF in the shops. So it was with some trepidation that I … Continue reading Review: The Night Before Christmas. Leeds Playhouse