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INTERVIEW | Darragh Cowley and Nikita Johal on the Hope Mill Theatre’s Spring Awakening

With gritty and powerful themes of sexuality, religion and gender explored by a group of young teenagers that are discovering themselves, the Hope Mill Theatre are creating an intimate production of the pop-rock musical Spring Awakening. Opening off-Broadway in 2006, the musical by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater is set in late-nineteenth-century Germany but resonates…

Deborah McAndrew's Hard Times at the Lowry

Interview | Deborah McAndrew Talks Arts Education and Bringing Dickens’ Hard Times to the Stage

Northern Broadsides are back at The Lowry with their latest production of Hard Times, the classic Northern story written by Charles Dickens. Adapting it for the stage, this production is set in Coketown, a town where imagination is forbidden. Focusing on the story of Thomas Gradgrind who will not permit fanciful thoughts in his school…