Homeless protesters denied legal aid in case against Manchester City Council

Article published: Saturday, July 25th 2015

The case to obtain a ban against homeless protest camps within Manchester city centre had to be adjourned this week due to the defendants finding out that they had been refused legal aid part way through the hearing.

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.

Strike in the courtroom: solicitors and barristers oppose cut-price justice

Article published: Saturday, July 18th 2015

Solicitors are taking direct action to oppose further cuts to legal aid fees by boycotting all criminal law work in magistrates’ courts and police stations. They have been forced into it by the drop in earnings caused by the cuts and by concerns over the quality of legal representation available as a result.

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.