Manchester Theatre Awards

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Library & Cornerhouse go-ahead

Proposals for a new arts and leisure cultural destination at the 20-acre First Street site have been approved by Manchester City Council.

David Upton

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Slime after Slime

Tangere Arts' productions of Tasty Tales, Hood In The Wood and Tin Soldier, all penned by the late Noel Greig, have all proved well deserved popular successes at the Exchange Studio over the last couple of years. Now they've turned their talents to changing Coleridge's  The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner into A Thousand Slimy Things, a performance aimed at "all brave souls over nine years old". It stopped Kevin Bourke in his tracks.

Kevin Bourke

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Once Again In A House On Fire

Monkeywood Theatre's Once In A House On Fire is based on Andrea Ashworth's best-selling memoir, a compelling, inspiring, vibrant, truthful and moving story of sisters, survival and growing up, in '70s Manchester. Kevin Bourke talks exclusively to Ashworth in Los Angeles.

Kevin Bourke

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Changes on the city's fringe

There are comings and goings on the Manchester theatre fringe, while one of the city's stalwart festivals goes from strength to strength.

David Upton

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Annie in the House

The boundaries between theatre, performance and several other branches of the arts are purposefully blurred by an exhibition currently staged at the Lowry in Salford.

David Upton

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Public Thoughts

David Lodge, whose Secret Thoughts was winner of Best New Play in the Manchester Theatre Awards, reflects on the strange path taken from page to stage.

Kevin Bourke

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Sillitoe's legacy - a personal note

The imminence of Matthew Dunster's new stage adaptation of Alan Sillitoe's first novel, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, stirs the memory of a veteran journalist.

Philip Radcliffe

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Mining For Gold

DH Lawrence is one of the giants of Twentieth Century literature. But his reputation is based on his novels and his poetry, not his plays, of which even avid theatre-goers may not be aware. The Library Theatre Company hopes to change that with their production of The Daughter-In-Law at The Lowry.

Kevin Bourke

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The Bruntwood Awards

As this year's Bruntwood prize winners are announced, Kevin Bourke talks to Bruntwood Chairman Michael Oglesby about why arts sponsors need to take more chances and playwright Simon Stephens enthuses about the state of new writing in Britain today

Kevin Bourke

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Knowing Bill Naughton

Bolton's favourite writer, although he "deserted" to London, Bill Naughton died 20 years ago come January 2012. The staging of Alfie at the Octagon stirs my memories of the man.

Philip Radcliffe