Northern Soul

If you love the North, then Northern Soul is for you. Written in the North of England by Northern writers, Northern Soul is a celebration of culture and enterprise, from theatre, music, authors and art to heritage, small businesses, food and leading figures, as well as everything in-between.

Talking to people who work, rest and play in the North of England and scour the region for interesting stories, histories, ambitions and events. Want to read a carefully crafted article about an oddball museum or go behind the scenes of a leading institution? You can find that on Northern Soul.

Writer Philip Meeks talks about Miss Marple and adapting horror for the stage

In the early 1960s, two national treasures were the creative forces behind one of British cinema’s most successful franchises: the Miss Marple movies. “Margaret Rutherford and Agatha Christie were pioneers in a world where women creatives still constantly play second fiddle, especially those of a ‘certain’ age,” says Philip Meeks, writer of Murder, Margaret and Me, […]

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Sat, 25 Feb 2017 00:46:45 +0000

Photo Gallery: Hidden Gems in Black and White, Newcastle

North East Photographer Lee Stoneman discovers hidden gems in Newcastle and captures eye-catching images with powerful black and white photography.    

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Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:50:09 +0000

Photo Gallery: Sounds of the North

Northern Soul‘s Head Photographer Chris Payne captures the North’s love affair with music in a series of atmospheric snaps.

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Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:30:52 +0000

Review: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, The Lowry, Salford

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show might be named exclusively after Eric Carle’s globally-famous ravenous insect, but is in fact an hour-long romp through a wider slice of the author’s imagination. Director Jonathan Rockefeller has deployed a cast of 75 puppets and five humans (one of whom remains unseen, operating the biggest characters) to bring four […]

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Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:51:33 +0000

Review: Funny Girl, Palace Theatre, Manchester

I’ve been a huge fan of Sheridan Smith since her days in Runcorn-based sitcom Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps. I had a proper crush on Gaz (Will Mellor – still do) and loved Smith’s character, Janet, with her quick one-liners, tracksuits and signature high ponytail. Then came Rudy, the younger sister […]

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Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:23:10 +0000

Review: Fiddler on the Roof, Liverpool Everyman

It is perhaps appropriate that the Liverpool Everyman’s first rep company in 25 years should open their inaugural production with a rousing song called Tradition. For this is a theatre rich in history, particularly when it comes to rep. The company of the 1970s included future household names of the stature of Julie Walters, Pete […]

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Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:50:34 +0000

Win tickets to Girl Gang Manchester’s immersive screening of Bridesmaids

Win tickets to Girl Gang Manchester’s immersive screening of Bridesmaids After the sell-out success of their first event, Girl Gang are back with an immersive screening of the hit female comedy Bridesmaids. Described as ‘somewhere between the suffragettes and the Sugababes’, the gang’s signature silliness and celebration are rooted in everyday activism and personal politics […]

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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 22:59:41 +0000

Review: I Was A Wife, The Dukes, Lancaster

The last time I saw Polly Lister on stage, she was on her way to winning a 2015 UK Theatre award for best performance in a play. I was watching Abigail’s Party, the 70s marriage-on-the-rocks classic, and Lister was playing Beverley, the hostess from hell. But some heavy dues had been paid to create that […]

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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 22:31:06 +0000