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INTERVIEW | Sonja Lawrenson | Women in Creative Industries

As a lecturer in eighteenth and nineteenth century literature at Manchester Metropolitan University, Sonja’s research centres around women’s writing from the late seventeenth century to the early nineteenth century, with a keen interest in Irish literature, eighteenth-century imperialism, Romantic Orientalism, feminist criticism and postcolonial theory. As a highly intelligent academic, Sonja talked to me about education, the feminist…

REVIEW | The Government Inspector | UK Tour

The Government Inspector is a comedy based in Russia, The Birmingham Repertory Theatre in association with Ramps On The Moon present a contemporary adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s sensational play. David Harrower has superbly adapted the script, the modernisation of the language is hilariously witty and the actor’s slick comedy timing does the script justice. It is…

INTERVIEW | Yvonne Murphy | Women in the Creative Industries

“Why do you identify as a feminist?”, I asked Yvonne when I first sat down with her at the British Council’s Women in the Creative Industries event. “Because I’m a human being” she responded. Yvonne Murphy is a Freelance Director/Producer and Artistic Director of Omidaze Productions. She directed an all-female Richard III and Henrey IV co-production with Wales…

REVIEW | Cosi Fan Tutte | Opera North

Cosi Fan Tutte, composed by Mozart, was first performed in 1790. It is frequently performed and currently holds its place as 14th on the Operabase list of most performed operas worldwide. Opera North’s production of Cosi Fan Tutte is powerful, vibrant and one of the funniest operas I’ve ever seen. Consisting of a small cast…

REVIEW | Mary Poppins | UK Tour

Mary Poppins is an enchanting musical based on the classic film that tells the tale of a magical nanny that is blown in by the wind to heal broken families. The timeless story is truly done justice in this spectacular production by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh. The set designed by Bob Crowley is magnificent, the house…