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

Preview: ‘Gather for Glow’ – RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate

One of the most amazing things about RHS Harlow Carr, is that no matter what time of year you visit – there is something beautiful to see. If you were to visit every week, the changing seasons and the careful curation of this northern hotspot, would reward you with something new to marvel at on … Continue reading Preview: ‘Gather for Glow’ – RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate

Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Northern Stage 11-14 September.

Berkshire-based Watermill Theatre have been delighting audiences at home and abroad since the 1960’s - and over 4 nights this week at Northern Stage, their production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream has enchanted northern theatre-goers. Shakespeare, coupled with a two-and-a-half-hour-long performance, might prove a bit intimidating - but under the expert direction of Paul … Continue reading Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Northern Stage 11-14 September.