What’s on my Shelf

[First published on Kettle Mag] A book lover’s bookshelf contains many wonderful, interesting, and intriguing books – some that you may not even have heard of yet! Our new books column, ‘What’s On My Shelf’, allows a glimpse into the bookshelves of our editors here at Kettle. This week, you can find out what lines…

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FRINGE REVIEW: The Book of Northern at The Kings Arms, Salford

[First published on Quays News] ON THURSDAY (28th July), The Kinky Boot Institute duo performed their original take on the North West, via the mediums of dance, mime, and acting. Quays News Entertainment reporter Rae Coppola went along to see what the evening had in store. The parody-esque show, fully titled The Book of Northern:…

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FRINGE REVIEW: How To Be A Man

[First published on Quays News] ON TUESDAY (26th July), Manchester based theatre maker Jon Coleman graced the venue with his solo show depicting gender identity, patriarchal oppression, and the crisis of masculinity. Quays News entertainment reporter Rae Coppola went along to see what the evening had in store. The four years in the making performance, directed by…

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Murder should never be referred to as honour killing

[First published on Kettle Mag] JULY 19th marked the first national memorial day for honour killing victims. The National day of Memory for Victims of Honour Killings, was created to raise awareness, tackle the scale of the issue within the UK, and honour those abused. If you’re wondering what an ‘honour killing’ is, I can…

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FRINGE REVIEW: The Sitcom Trials, The Kings Arms Theatre

[First published on Quays News] ON SUNDAY evening (17th July) four hopeful situation comedy writers showcased their skills in a battle to win The Sitcom Trials 2016 competition. This year the heats came to Manchester, for the first time, on their quest to find the new Fawlty Towers, Mighty Boosh, or Mrs Browns Boys. Our…

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The Colour Run – Manchester

Thanks to the lovely @DrPond on Twitter and in the blogosphere, I managed to win entry for myself and a plus one to the happiest 5k, The Colour Run. Filled with excitement, as well as dread due to my out of condition self, I signed up and wrote the date on my calendar. The countdown…

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REVIEW: Sara Pascoe at The Lowry, Salford

[Image: Flickr / branestawm2002] [First published on Quays News] ON June 25th, Essex born comic Sara Pascoe graced the stage to perform Animal, an insightful spin off to her recently released book, “Autobiography of the female body.” Our entertainment reporter Rae Coppola went along to review the evening. Not usually shy to the stage, Sara…

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Original Short Story: Homecoming

Pippa opens the door to her bedroom, noting how it remains untouched despite her absence. It transported her back to her secondary school days. The pink carpet she had begged her parents to get, after she finally moved into a bedroom she wouldn’t have to share, was still there and felt soft under her bare…

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How to adjust to living together

As sayings go, you never really know someone until you live with them, and so it is inevitable that moving in together will change your relationship. It is intertwining your lives in every possible way, and cohabiting in harmony. Do not under any circumstances let the romantic comedies fool you, it is not like an…

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REVIEW: Alias Kid at Club Academy, Manchester

[First published on Quays News] MANCHESTER based fivesome Alias Kid sold out last night’s date, ending their debut headline tour on a high. To some, they are the ‘new Oasis,’ but to others, they are the band rock and roll need. Our entertainment reporter, Rae Coppola, went along to see for herself… Stray Scene were…

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