Halloween creatures invade Manchester early: chance to win two tickets to the Illuminaughty Halloween party!

Article published: Monday, October 26th 2015

A heavy mist suddenly falls on a darkened Manchester hiding from sight unspeakably hideous creatures. Drums can be heard in the distance lulling you into a hypnotic trance, the work of witches and daemons no doubt. Or perhaps Voodoo ring masters, descending onto the city streets armed with psychedelic beats banged out by their armies of musical Goblins possessed with the desire for mischief and fun. It must be that time of year again; it can only be the Illuminaughty Halloween party.

Science Slam: a synergy of science and poetry transcends expectations

Article published: Sunday, October 25th 2015

Poetry and science are two things generally not associated with each other, in fact if you joined the two in a word association test you would be one step closer to a chemical cosh and your very own padded cell. However the audience attending the Science Slam at the packed out Nexus Art Cafe Thursday night will never again doubt the validity of the two pursuits being combined; though I can’t rule out they may end up bouncing of the walls of a padded cell at some time in the future.

Review: Greater Manchester Fringe Festival – A Dream Play

Article published: Saturday, July 25th 2015

We were outside Nexus Art Café in the Northern Quarter, queuing, when a car raced up, the driver shoved a woman to the pavement and the performance began. This was the introduction to the character Aggie in A Dream Play by the Déjà Vu Ensemble, daughter of the gods, who has come to our world to learn what it means to be human.

All ears: community radio station All FM opens its doors on Sat 25th July

Article published: Monday, July 20th 2015

Community radio station All FM 96.6 celebrates its 15th birthday with an open day and fundraiser on Saturday 25th July at its studio in Levenshulme.

Review: Greater Manchester Fringe Festival – Under Manc Wood

Article published: Friday, July 17th 2015

Under Manc Wood is an hour-long ode to the city of Manchester, adapted from Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood. It plays homage to its precursor, reworking and including the poetry of the original while avoiding to simply superimpose Dylan’s play onto a Manchester setting.

Review: Greater Manchester Fringe Festival – The Messiah

Article published: Monday, July 13th 2015

Jokes come thick and fast in Chris Brown’s knockabout comedy The Messiah, a day in the life of an aggressive and egomaniacal knicker factory manager and the employees that suffer him. Brown stars as Mr. Kitson, the deluded ‘puppet-master’ whose bile and bravado thinly mask his internal fluster and frustration.

Review: Greater Manchester Fringe Festival – Women Who Wank

Article published: Saturday, July 11th 2015

A show entitled Women Who Wank would never be intended to not to attract your attention. The one-woman show by improv performer and one half of FoolSize Theatre Joanne Tremarco promised to be “comical” and “tragical”, and didn’t fail to deliver both in equal measures.