Culture

7 February 2019

Annie review, Opera House Manchester

Annie often seems to be a story that splits audiences right down the middle. It's the marmite of musicals; you either love or hate it. There's something utterly heartwarming about ...

25 January 2019

Marc Maron's finally coming back to the UK!

US comedian Marc Maron will be coming back to the UK, it was revealed yesterday (January 24, 2019). The critically-acclaimed comic, who stars in Netflix original series GLOW, will perform ...

23 January 2019

Saturday Night Fever review, Palace Theatre Manchester

Growing up in the age of talent shows, dancing had become somewhat of a fad, at least to me and a portion of my generation. It takes a lot for ...

12 December 2018

Cinderella review, Opera House Manchester

Pantomime season is well and truly underway, and this year, Manchester is being treated to a performance of fan-favourite Cinderella like none we've ever seen before. With former Coronation Street stars Connor ...
6 December 2018

Wicked review, Palace Theatre Manchester

Though Wicked is currently celebrating 15 years since it first hit the stage, it's one of the few musicals that I had yet to tick off my list. So, going into ...

27 November 2018

Benidorm Live review, Palace Theatre Manchester

If there's any doubt in the minds of Benidorm fans as to whether or not the long-running, award-winning ITV comedy should be brought back from its shock axing earlier this year ...
9 November 2018

Women in Art: How Senga Nengudi used hosiery to express female body issues

Contemporary artists have been expressing the agony and upheavals of womanhood for decades, from Frida Kahlo's graphic paintings of childbirth and miscarriage in the 1930s to Tracey Emin's display of her ...

31 October 2018

YouTube stars Rhett & Link making their way to the UK for the first time ever

Hugely successful across the globe thanks to their time as YouTube creators, it's only fair that the UK finally get the opportunity to play host to Rhett & Link, who ...

31 October 2018

Halloween Magick: 5 spells to banish evil spirits

Halloween, or Samhain as us witches call it, isn't just an extra spooky day, it's a day for honouring the dead. It's a day where the veil between the spirit ...
31 October 2018

Calendar Girls the Musical review, The Lowry Theatre Manchester

Calendar Girls the Musical is a lesson in female empowerment. This is what the feminist movement has always been about; taking charge no matter your age, shape, or bra size ...

29 October 2018

Doctor Who had arachnophobes recoiling! But here are 12 weirder phobias we can all relate to

If you're afraid of spiders, then Series 11, Episode 4 of Doctor Who - Arachnids in the UK - was likely not the episode for you. But don't worry, around 10 ...
25 October 2018

Halloween Special: 9 freakiest hauntings of Britain

If you're wondering how best to spend this Halloween and are bored of the usual horror movie nights, Trick-or-Treating with the kids, and costume parties, how about going ghost hunting ...
21 September 2018

Matilda the Musical review, Palace Theatre Manchester

Matilda the Musical may have been running late due to technical issues at last night's Palace Theatre Manchester show, but when things kicked off, a stellar performance was given by ...

5 September 2018

Phil Nichol reveals his 7 favourite funny things [EXCLUSIVE]

We've all found ourselves laughing at some ridiculous things, from our dogs dragging themselves across the floor, to somebody slipping on the icy floor when winter comes around. So, what ...

30 August 2018

Fringe FOMO? Here is how to watch some of the best acts from Edinburgh Festival Fringe at home

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 is in full swing. This year’s acts are some of the crème de la crème of comedy, so if you can’t make it to Scotland, your FOMO is surely at ...
21 August 2018

A day in the life of Philippa Hogg

Working on a London show is a real treat for me for many reasons - one being I can live at home! Our work as actors is so often on ...

17 August 2018

[EXCLUSIVE] Sara Joyce on the creation of the award-winning Dust, returning to the stage

One weekend at University a friend came to stay at my family home with me. I’m from beautiful countryside and what it lacks in easy proximity to, well – anything, ...

15 August 2018

Madagascar the Musical review, Palace Theatre Manchester

Upon its release in 2005, Dreamworks Animation's Madagascar became a major hit with families across the globe. Introducing a roster of family-friendly unique characters, the movie would spawn a series ...
14 August 2018

An Officer and a Gentleman - The Musical review, Manchester Opera House

As a complete newcomer to the story of An Officer and a Gentleman, I was unsure what to expect when seeing the musical return to the stage in Manchester's Opera House this ...

3 August 2018

10 funny things that make us laugh, by The Thinking Drinkers

Ben McFarland and Tom Sandham make up comedy duo The Thinking Drinkers, and ahead of their time at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe, we got the pair to tell us ...

2 August 2018

Graham Dickson on why his "stupid cat" makes him laugh

I consider myself a fortunate person, because I am a very easy laugher. Often people deeply weathered by the comedy scene can become cynical and withholding of their laughter. ‘I’ve ...
31 July 2018

10 Things that make us laugh by Nick and Joe

The Found Footage Festival is a pretty unique show in which a couple of childhood best friends put on the ridiculous VHS videos they have found in thrift stores and ...

31 July 2018

10 Things that make me laugh by Kwame Asante

One Christmas, my parents made and broke my childhood in the space of 60 seconds. I unwrapped a present labelled ‘To Kwame, from Father Christmas’, to find a brand new ...

31 July 2018

Do you want a good life or a great story? by Tania Edwards

Yesterday, my friend spent her evening on the hard shoulder. She was so annoyed by her boyfriend that she threw herself out their car, rolled across the road, and crawled ...