Culture

5 July 2018

Mamma Mia! review, Palace Theatre Manchester

Mamma Mia! is back in Manchester for yet another run at the perfect time, just a couple of weeks before the Hollywood blockbuster sequel Here We Go Again hits the ...
5 July 2018

Laughing By Numbers By John Hegley

I laugh at number one and think “Son, you are on your tod” and you don’t know what your tod is, do you? ...

4 July 2018

10 Things That Make Us Laugh By Moon

The jokes and ideas that don’t make it into our shows. I (Jack) once thought of something in a dream state of sleepy semi-consciousness, scribbled it down furiously, and returned ...
3 July 2018

Russell Hicks: 10 Things That Make My Laugh

First off, thank you to the people of Female First for the opportunity to contribute. Let me say the following, without any bitterness or malice, nor with any condescension to ...

2 July 2018

Why Honeymoons Are Great Material For Comedy By Robin Morgan

I’m going on my Honeymoon in August. Honeymoons are inherently very funny. It’s a holiday, sure. But it’s also a holiday where you have unbelievable amounts of pressure to have ...
1 July 2018

A Day In The Life Of Me By Laura Lexx

Firstly, let’s make it clear that what you’re about to read is a selection of activities I normally spread over a week, but, have crammed into one day here to ...

15 June 2018

Review: Bill Bailey: Larks In Transit

I have a confession to make- I had never seen Bill Bailey live until Wednesday night, nor had I seen him in anything on TV. So, I hadn’t the slightest ...
8 June 2018

Review: Ruby Wax's Frazzled, Parr Hall Warrington

There has been a spate of celebrities sharing their life stories in theatres around the country of late. Having never been to one, I was unsure what to expect at ...
6 June 2018

Review: Legally Blonde: The Musical, Liverpool Empire Theatre

Having seen (and loved the film) I was excited to see the stage version of Legally Blonde at Liverpool Empire Theatre last night- and it did not disappoint. Legally Blonde ...
4 June 2018

10 Things You'll Find Funny (Because They Didn't Happen To You) By Wilson Dixon

Being a country singer, I don’t know so much about what is funny, I know more about things like heartbreak, dysfunction and people doing the wrong things at the wrong ...

17 May 2018

Blood Brothers Review, Palace Theatre Manchester

For over 30 years, Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers has been entertaining audiences on stages across the globe. Now in its final two weeks of its current spring tour, the production ...

17 May 2018

Is The Art Of Painting Dead? By Leontia Of Leontia Gallery

Having exhibited a plethora of contemporary art, from neon’s to 3-D art the idea of creating a show purely based on figurative painting do did not come instantly.  The painters ...

9 May 2018

The Wet World Of Photographer Barbara Cole

It seems to be Barbara Cole’s very nature to defy convention, an innate quality that quite literally surfaces throughout her life and career. Studious but driven in her own direction, ...

3 May 2018

Kindertransport Review, Opera House Manchester

In its 25th year on the stage, Kindertransport this week returned to the Opera House in Manchester, bringing the enchanting story of one young Jewish German girl to audiences all ...

18 April 2018

20th Century Boy Review, Opera House Manchester

Whenever a huge star passes, there’s a wealth of opportunity to tell their life story. Some are incredibly interesting, whilst others would be better left untold. The mystery surrounding the ...

7 March 2018

YANGA! The First Commercial Entertainment Destination For The African Diaspora Launches!

With cultural diversity in the UK more prevalent than ever before the study identifies how African culture has influenced modern-day Britain. The findings revealed that almost half of brits 42%) ...
29 January 2018

Judy Rosenblatt Discusses 'Woman Before A Glass'

In 2011, Austin Pendleton saw me do a monologue from Woman Before a Glass and said “You should do the whole play and invite everyone.”  I asked if he would ...

24 January 2018

Daniel Buckroyd Discusses 'Turn of the Screw'- Coming To A Theatre Near You!

Director Daniel Buckroyd kindly talked to us about the thrilling new production of Henry James’ much-loved classic ghost story; Turn of the Screw ahead of it's run, which starts on the ...
19 January 2018

Blythe Stewart Discusses 'The Moor'

The world premiere of The Moor marks the third collaboration between writer Catherine Lucie and I. We first met in 2012 after a course leader from East 15, where we both went ...

16 January 2018

My Inspiration For 'Tiny Dynamite' By David Loumgair

It was almost seven years ago that I first picked up a copy of Abi Morgan’s TINY DYNAMITE, hidden amongst hundreds upon hundreds of plays, in the old premises of ...

9 January 2018

My Inspiration For Making Monster By Joe Sellman-Leava

The inspiration was being in a play about domestic violence, back in 2009. In rehearsing and researching for this, I wondered what makes someone choose to lash out, given that ...

2 January 2018

10 Reasons Why We Need More Women In Theatre

Fat Rascal Theatre are an award-winning company run by women who aim to challenge the constraints of being a female within the arts industry, and discuss social and political issues ...

19 December 2017

10 Things I'd Like People To Know About Me By Elif Knight

Elif Knight is an award-winning British actress, receiving the Patricia Rothermere/Evening Standard Theatre Award, awarded by Sir Richard Attenborough when she was just 17. Soon afterwards, she starred alongside Sir ...
13 December 2017

10 Reasons Why I Create Theatre That Speaks To Young People

Catherine Lamb has performed in some of television’s most popular shows to date including Netflix's The Crown and C4's Cucumber. And she's no stranger to theatre, gracing stages across the country, ...