Stroker’s Picks: The Greater Manchester Fringe

July 1, 2014

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GM Fringe Team

As regular readers will know, we’re stalwart supporters of the Fringe scene in Manchester and beyond, and the Greater Manchester Fringe returns for a third year with even more shows and more venues presenting a mix of drama, comedy and music over the next 31 days. The Fringe is a place for new and existing […]

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HOME on the Horizon – Preview: Angel Meadow

June 10, 2014

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Following in the footsteps of previous site-specific pieces Manchester Lines and Manchester Sound, a new era is being ushered in as theatre comes HOME to Manchester. HOME Manchester presents the world premiere of Angel Meadow tonight, the first in a series of site-specific productions taking place around Manchester in the lead-up to the opening of the £25m centre […]

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HOAX: Psychosis Blues – Ravi Thornton

June 6, 2014

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Mental health issues tend to be an area of society commonly ignored by popular culture. Books, television programmes and films tend to skirt around portraying mental health problems, and when they do tackle them, it can often be a sanitised or unreal experience that follows. Comics have fared better for their portrayal of mental health […]

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Preview: The Greater Manchester Fringe 2014

May 29, 2014

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The Greater Manchester Fringe is back for its third year in July and is looking for writers, artists, comedians, musicians, producers and event organisers to put on shows. Eighteen venues around Greater Manchester participated in 2013, hosting more than 200 events, from innovative art exhibitions to award-winning plays and comedians. Big names mixed with new talent […]

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Stroker’s Picks: Bank Holiday Culture

May 23, 2014

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The Collider exhibition at MOSI

It’s the Bank Holiday weekend! The sun might be threatening to come out, but it’s time for you to get your culture on with our pick of some of the most exciting and controversial exhibitions on in the area the moment: Pick of the week:  Collider: The World’s Greatest Experiment The Museum of Science and […]

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WHSmith – Beyond Upselling

May 23, 2014

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Oh WH Smith, once king of the high street, inventor of the ISBN number, and number one newsagent – where has it gone so, so wrong for you? For the second year running, they’ve come bottom of the Which? Magazine survey of UK stores. Shoppers have been ranking stores according to price, products, service and after-sales […]

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Stroker’s Picks: May 2014

May 15, 2014

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Spring has most definitely sprung in Manchester with a veritable selection of events to tickle your cultural tastebuds in the coming days! Manchester After Hours & NQ After Dark Various venues citywide, Thursday 15 May  Culture vultures will be excited by Manchester’s finest cultural and bohemian hotspots open their doors late for one night only. […]

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