Review: Annie at Manchester Opera House starring Anita …

Annie is a memorable track on the the long-playing record of my childhood. My little sister and I spent hours watching, dreaming and singing along…

Theatre review: The rise and fall of Little …

The rise and fall of Little Voice was first staged at Bolton’s Octagon Theatre around seven years ago and its return sees a shakeup of…

Panto review: Cinderella starring Gareth Gates, Les Dennis, …

Scenes from life, often in a ridiculous manner. This could easily describe recent scenes in central government or any number of recent reality TV shows. But…

Wicked review: Defying Gravity in Manchester for a …

I was there in Manchester for the fan-fared premiere of this touring production of Wicked in 2013. It’s been round the world since and in…

Theatre review: J.M.Barrie’s Peter Pan …

I feel that little tingling of Christmas joy following my first panto production of the year – here is my review of Peter Pan at…

Kinky Boots review: Life-affirming fabulous fun at Manchester …

  Irrepressible, good-humoured and absolutely fabulous, the Kinky Boots musical is in town and it’s taking no intolerant prisoners. Filled with glitter, one-liners and an…

Redcon-1 film: I’m not usually a zombie …

I was still a trainee reporter when I first came across Chee, then a budding film-maker who has only just left school. Our paths kept…