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Cumbrian film outfit receives Esmée Fairbairn Foundation grant

9:10am Sunday 20th April 2014

Signal Film and Media has landed a three-year grant from an eminent arts funder.

REVIEW: Lloyd Cole, King George's Hall, Blackburn

4:27pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

"He can write a song can't he?"

REVIEW: Arthur Miller’s The Crucible

Lancashire Telegraph: The cast of The Crucible take part in a dress rehearsal at the ACE Centre in Nelson.

2:30pm Thursday 27th March 2014

THE witch hunt exhibited in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, penned in the 1950s, may date back to the 1600s, but the play’s themes echo on in modern society.

REVIEW: Kate Rusby, Burnley Mechanics

Lancashire Telegraph: Burnley Mechanics

2:23pm Thursday 27th March 2014

A sold out Mechanics welcomed the corkscrew-haired chanteuse like a long-lost daughter as she stepped out on the first date of a UK tour.

Review: Healy’s at Lily Mae’s, Accrington

Lancashire Telegraph: Dessert at Lily Mae's

5:00pm Saturday 22nd March 2014

DINING out in East Lancs can sometimes be a bit of a chore.

Review: Tiggis Ribble Valley, Clayton-le-Dale

Lancashire Telegraph: Review: Tiggis Ribble Valley, Clayton-le-Dale

2:00pm Saturday 15th March 2014

IT was getting late, in dining terms, on a Sunday night when I ventured to Tiggi’s Ribble Valley on the A59.

Review:Hazel O'Connor, Oswaldtwistle Civic Arts Centre

9:19am Thursday 13th March 2014

THERE have been occasions in the past when the non-appearance of artist due to a breakdown would have been a blessed relief.

Breaking the Code: Thwaites Empire Theatre, Ewood Blackburn Drama Club

Lancashire Telegraph: Thwaites Empire Theatre

11:21am Monday 10th March 2014

Any dramatic depiction of the life of the genius of mathematician, scientist, inventor Alan Turing is going to need determination.

Review: The Tyburn Tree - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

3:58pm Tuesday 4th March 2014

THERE can’t be many artists who can get away with singing London Bridge is Falling Down while dressed as a priest and wearing a bejewelled crucifix being accompanied by a man playing a child’s toy piano.

Jekyll and Hyde, Clitheroe Parish Church Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society, St Mary’s Centre, until Saturday, February 22

Lancashire Telegraph: Jekyll and Hyde, Clitheroe Parish Church Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society, St Mary’s Centre, until Saturday, February 22

3:45pm Friday 21st February 2014

WHILE love and hate are common themes in musical theatre, exploring the deeper psyche of humanity is a rarity.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Opera House, Manchester, until Saturday

Lancashire Telegraph: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Opera House, Manchester, until Saturday

4:35pm Wednesday 19th February 2014

UNDER grey winter’s skies, the sunny and oh-so funny new musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels put a spring in the step of a packed Opera House audience.

Book Review: Why National Parks? Ian O. Brodie

Lancashire Telegraph: Book Review: Why National Parks? Ian O. Brodie

6:00am Wednesday 19th February 2014

WHY NATIONAL PARKS? by Ian O. Brodie, ISBN 978-1-904098522, £14.50

Book Review: Do I have an angel? Amanda Tooke

Lancashire Telegraph: Boor Review: Do I have an angel? Amanda Tooke

6:00pm Tuesday 18th February 2014

DO I HAVE AN ANGEL? by Amanda Tooke, ISBN 978-0-992751418, £9.99

BOOK REVIEW: Live a Life of No Regrets

Lancashire Telegraph: Live a Life of No Regrets

6:00pm Friday 7th February 2014

LIVE A LIFE OF NO REGRETS, by Suzie Hayman, 978-1-444187076, £10.99

Review: Oswaldtwistle Mills’ Terrace Tea Room

Lancashire Telegraph: Review: Oswaldtwistle Mills’ Terrace Tea Room

11:20am Monday 3rd February 2014

AFTERNOON tea has become a popular treat; for foodies on a budget it is a special dining experience at a much lower cost than a three-course dinner.

Blackburn Arts Club break away from the norm with Broken Glass, by Arthur Miller

2:27pm Tuesday 28th January 2014

AS Holocaust Memorial Day was marked on Sunday, Blackburn Arts Club moved into the latter stages of rehearsal for their next production.

BOOK REVIEW: A North Lancashire Railway Album

Lancashire Telegraph: A North Lancashire Railway Album

3:00pm Sunday 26th January 2014

A NORTH LANCASHIRE RAILWAY ALBUM by Leslie R Gilpin, £14.50 ISBN 978-0-957038738

Review: Tonight’s The Night, Palace Theatre, Manchester, until Saturday

3:46pm Friday 24th January 2014

I’VE said it before and - as there seems to be no sign of their popularity waiving - I have no doubt I’ll say it again: I’m not a fan of juke box musicals, as a concept.

BOOK REVIEW: 66 Chances

Lancashire Telegraph: 66 Chances

7:00pm Saturday 18th January 2014

66 CHANCES, by Neil Buxton, £6.77 ISBN 978-1-492801450

BOOK REVIEW: An Island Fit For Horses

Lancashire Telegraph: An Island Fit For Horses

7:00pm Friday 17th January 2014

AN ISLAND FIT FOR HORSES by Michael P Ashton, £9.49 ISBN 978-1-491256459

Review: ALADDIN, Colne Muni

4:09pm Thursday 9th January 2014

ON Monday, the search begins for the cream of musical talent in East Lancashire.

BOOK REVIEW: Life on an Eden farm during wartime

Lancashire Telegraph: Children of the Dale

4:00pm Tuesday 31st December 2013

CHILDREN OF THE DALE by Elizabeth Blenkharn, £9 ISBN 978-1-904524953

BOOK REVIEW: Apples and Cumbria

Lancashire Telegraph: The Apples and Orchards of Cumbria

6:00pm Friday 27th December 2013

The apples and orchards of Cumbria by Andy Gilchrist, £9, ISBN 9-781904-524557

BOOK REVIEW: Store Detective Shares her Memories

Lancashire Telegraph: Memoirs of a Store Detective

2:00pm Thursday 26th December 2013

Memoirs of a store detective by Christine Smith, £9.99 ISBN 978-0-722343234

Review: Peter Pan Grand Theatre, Blackpool

3:21pm Thursday 19th December 2013

IT'S not often you root for the bad guy, especially in children's favourite Peter Pan.

Review: Aladdin, Thwaites Empire Theatre

Lancashire Telegraph: Review: Aladdin, Thwaites Empire Theatre

11:42am Monday 16th December 2013

A GOOD panto has become an unmissable part of my Christmas celebrations.

Review: The Wonderul Wizard of Oz, Darwen Library Theatre

Lancashire Telegraph: Witch Fiona Egan and Dorothy (Karen Fortin) in the crystal ball at the Library Theatre	Picture: COLIN HORNE

9:07am Sunday 15th December 2013

SOMEWHERE over the grey clouds and just off the A666 is a wonderful world of Christmas magic.

BOOK REVIEW: Rachael: A Remarkable Record Breaker

10:00am Friday 13th December 2013

RACHAEL: A REMARKABLE RECORD BREAKER by Joyce Buxton, £11.95 ISBN 978-1-909461062

Review: Dick Whittington, Manchester Opera House

Lancashire Telegraph: Review: Dick Whittington, Manchester Opera House

2:43pm Tuesday 10th December 2013

LAUGHTER was in the air at Manchester’s magical panto with a fantastic line-up and glittering set.

Review: Debenham's cafe, Blackburn

2:30pm Friday 6th December 2013

WHEN we first reviewed several months ago it was in the first week of re-opening after the town centre department store had been given a multi-million pound makeover.

Review: Blood Brothers, Darwen Library Theatre

Lancashire Telegraph: Andy Tierney and Lee Thornton as Mickey and Eddie

12:29pm Wednesday 11th December 2013

THE majority of us know a tale which focuses on a working class single mother who has had one child too many.

Welcome to the isle of spice

Lancashire Telegraph: IDYLLIC Carriacou is Grenada’s smaller sister island. Inset, below Grenada’s capital, St George’s

3:30pm Monday 2nd December 2013

here’s something comfortingly festive about the sweet, warming aroma of nutmeg. The Caribbean, may seem an unlikely setting for Christmassy flashbacks, but throughout my stay in Grenada, the spicy scent is never far away.

Nick Burton’s walk goes from Wheelton to a landmark site beside the canal

Lancashire Telegraph: Nick Burton’s walk goes from Wheelton to a landmark site beside the canal

3:25pm Monday 2nd December 2013

HIS walk explores the rolling landscape where the last little hills of the West Pennine Moors give way to the flatter farmland of West Lancashire.

Darwen born Amy Leach tells Diane Cooke about her life in the theatre

Lancashire Telegraph: Amy Leach working on a script

3:20pm Monday 2nd December 2013

IF you believe the hype, Christmas is a time of peace and family harmony – and for some lucky folk it is. But for many the reality is arguments, traumatised children and a longing for it all to be over so divorce proceedings can ensue.

Review: Bellowhead, King George’s Hall, Blackburn

Lancashire Telegraph: Bellowhead adding an extra dimension to traditional music

9:18am Tuesday 12th November 2013

BELLOWHEAD - not so much a band but an irresistible force of nature!

'A magical slick, smart staging of a modern musical' - The Witches of Eastwick at Burnley Mechanics

Lancashire Telegraph: 'A magical slick, smart staging of a modern musical' - The Witches of Eastwick at Burnley Mechanics

2:59pm Tuesday 12th November 2013

I’M detecting a trend here: The last two musicals I’ve seen have been about the power of female friendships and the strength of that bond to overcome pretty much anything.

Review: Stiff Little Fingers, King George’s Hall, Blackburn

2:16pm Monday 11th November 2013

AS a second plastic pint glass sails through the crowd and the gentleman in front of me hits the deck for the second time in as many songs, it’s fair to say a lot of people are re-living their youth at King George’s Hall this Sunday evening.

Review: Káva, Halifax Road, Todmorden

Lancashire Telegraph: Káva serves vegetarian food and great coffee

4:15pm Monday 4th November 2013

The man responsible for the excellent cooking at this little cafe is Dale Hibbert, who for a short time played bass guitar in The Smiths when they were just starting out.

Review: Snow White, King George's Hall, Blackburn

9:51am Wednesday 30th October 2013

Who is the fairest one of all?

Review: The Green Chimney Albert Road, Colne

Lancashire Telegraph: Colne’s Green Chimney

5:01pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013

Having heard nothing but good things about this quirky Colne eaterie I made a long-awaited trip to see what all the fuss was about. And I can guarantee my first won’t be my last.

Review: Tommy Cannon & Bobby Ball, Darwen Library Theatre

Lancashire Telegraph: Tommy and Bobby, now more than 40 years into their career together after first meeting as welders

11:12am Monday 14th October 2013

For those of us old enough to remember Tommy Cannon & Bobby Ball were the genuine X-Factor of Saturday nights.

Tragedy and action in Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano novel

Lancashire Telegraph: Tragedy and action in Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano novel

4:14pm Wednesday 25th September 2013

The Age Of Doubt by Andrea Camilleri (Mantle, hardback £16.99)

Review: The Hungry Duck, Ramsbottom

Lancashire Telegraph: Review: The Hungry Duck, Ramsbottom

1:20pm Monday 23rd September 2013

TAKING advantage of a break between bands at the excellent Ramsbottom Festival, the better half and I came upon this little gem almost by accident.

Review: Wicked, Palace Theatre, Manchester

Lancashire Telegraph: Review: Wicked will sweep you away and leave you spellbound

4:50pm Thursday 19th September 2013

SETTING the scene for one of cinema’s greatest triumphs, The Wizard Of Oz, the musical Wicked poses the question: Are people born wicked, or do they have wickedness thrust upon them?

Top-notch thriller from John le Carre

Lancashire Telegraph: Top-notch thriller from John le Carre

9:24am Wednesday 18th September 2013

A Delicate Truth by John le Carre (Viking, £19.99).

Review: Cabaret, Opera House, Manchester

Lancashire Telegraph: Will Young as Emcee

4:06pm Wednesday 11th September 2013

RUFUS Norris’s Cabaret takes you instantly back and Welcomes you to a time when life in Berlin was ‘beautiful’.

Review: The Queen's Hotel, Accrington

6:01pm Friday 6th September 2013

This week we call in at a most popular Hyndburn Hostelry. The Queens Hotel is a pub I have never visited — and yes, I am sure that will come as a surprise to some of you.

Poetry comedy performance comes to Blackburn

Lancashire Telegraph: Poet Tony Walsh

11:14am Tuesday 3rd September 2013

A POETRY comedy performance which wowed at the Glastonbury Festival is coming to Blackburn.

Review: Hospital Inn, Bamber Bridge

6:04pm Monday 2nd September 2013

THE Hospital Inn is just the tonic you need after a hectic week.

Review: Molly's, Moor Lane, Clitheroe

5:41pm Tuesday 27th August 2013

GASTRO pubs and swanky restaurants are all well and good but no town centre should be without its fair share of decent cafes, the kind of establishment you can just call into mid-shop for a reviving brew or something more substantial.



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