Thankfully, there does seem to be one vital element of life that this blasted Covid19 can’t completely disrupt: books and all things bookery. While I’m excelling at becoming a social outcast in my little patch of North Yorkshire, I’ve amassed a life-saving collection of reads to see me through until I can start on the … Continue reading Chris Nickson – Author. 10 Years of Writing. 10 Years of Leeds.
Having encountered Harland Miller back in the early 00’s, through his first novel – ‘Slow down Arthur, Stick to thirty’ – (David Bowie impersonator/northern kid/road trip. Read it) – I was intrigued to meet the man himself. Fortunately, Harland as artist spent some time recently at one of the most gorgeous creative spaces in the … Continue reading Harland Miller. York – So Good They Named It Once. York Art Gallery
It wasn’t clear if it was art imitating life – or life imitating art at Northern Stage on 18 February as the nation’s favourite Prime Ministers [?] moved left, right, forwards and backwards, while attempting to strategise over the ‘B’ word (that’s Brexit – not Boris). Journalist and playwright Jonathan Maitland’s latest creation: The Last … Continue reading Review: The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson. Northern Stage
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.
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
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
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 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.
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
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