Category Archives: Manchester

Central Library

Central Library is a tremendous lynchpin for a city: at the end of Oxford Street and opening onto St Peter’s Square. I’d been inside before but never to the first-floor reading room. It’s a wonderful circular space, lit by a … Continue reading

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Guys and Dolls

A performance by the Talawa Theatre Company at the Royal Exchange. Loesser’s music and wit-packed lyrics (“Take back your mink / To from whence it came”) make this my favourite musical, and this was a pretty good production. I still … Continue reading

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Manchester art gallery

A visit to check on William Holman Hunt’s “The Shadow of Death” after seeing it in Leeds art gallery on Wednesday. As I thought – Manchester has the large original and Leeds has a smaller, later version. I also spent … Continue reading

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Shirley Baker: Women and Children; and Loitering Men

Photographs of streets and their occupants in Salford, Moss Side, Hulme and Ancoats in the 1960s and 70s. The exhibition in Manchester Art Gallery also had recorded reminiscences from people who had featured in the shots.  Even allowing for an … Continue reading

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Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night was the first Shakespeare our class had to read. Fourth form, I think. It culminated in a visit the Derngate Theatre – Jane Lapotaire as Viola and Frank Thornton as Malvolio. Judging by the frequency of productions of … Continue reading

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Manchester today

First stop was the Art Gallery, where there is an offshoot of the exhibition I saw this last year at the Barbican: “Strange and Familiar“. This time round, Shinro Ohtake’s photographs from his first visit to Britain in 1977 stood … Continue reading

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Wynford Dewhurst: Manchester’s Monet

I ended my day in Manchester yesterday with a visit to the exhibition of paintings by Wynford Dewhurst (1864-1941) at the art gallery. Dewhurst insisted that Impressionism was rooted in British landscapes, citing Constable and Turner as influences. Perhaps . … Continue reading

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