Italian eatery opens in Stockport

By Peter Stanners

Manchester Mouth’s newest recruit reviews the new eatery that is pioneering Stockport’s cosmopolitan revival.

An ambitious sibling team has opened an Italian coffee house and restaurant in the heart of Stockport.

Taking over the site of the old Stockport Arms on Petersgate, Da Vinci’s is a gift to Stockport, offering incredible food in a cosy environment with great value for money.

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New centre to make Muslims moderate

By Peter Stanners

A new Islamic community centre is apparently being set up in Manchester to encourage British Muslims into integrate local society.

The Kuwaiti News Agency (KUNA) has reported that a ‘moderation centre’ is being established in the North West on instruction from the Kuwaiti royal family in order to encourage a more moderate reading of Islam, raising eyebrows in local Muslim communities.

“Muslims in the West must break free from fear on their identity and positively blend in society and present a bright image of moderate Islam,” Dr Adel Al-Falah, Kuwaiti Undersecretary of the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, told KUNA.

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Lady From The Sea-Royal Exchange, Manchester

By Sadia Habib

Manchester Mouth’s entertainment guru gets to grips with the choppy waters of love in her review of Sarah Frankcom’s production of ‘The Lady from the Sea’ at Royal Exchange theatre.

Henrik Ibsen’s The Lady From The Sea beautifully illustrates the dilemma encountered by the dreamer Ellida as she struggles between honouring her commitments to her husband and her step-daughters or opting for a life with a past lover – The Stranger (Bill Ward)- who has happened to return to her life.

Apparently Ibsen was inspired by Norwegian folk tales in the writing of The Lady From The Sea. One of the legends concerned a sailor who returned home to find that his wife had assumed he was dead at sea and thus re-married. This legend is cleverly explored in this production and incorporated in the stories told by Ellida (Neve McIntosh).

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Love On The Dole – Octagon, Bolton

By Sadia Habib

Manchester Mouth’s entertainment guru talks economic turmoil in her review of David Thacker’s adaptation of ‘Love On The Dole’ the Octagon, Bolton.

Octagon’s Love On The Dole is based on a 1930s Walter Greenwood novel (which was later adapted by Ronald Gow). Born in 1903 in Ellor Street, Salford, Greenwood inherited his parents’ and grandparents’ ambitions to leave behind this neighbourhood with its “jungles of tiny houses cramped and huddled together” in which “men and women are born, live, love and die and pay preposterous rents for the privilege of calling the grimy houses ‘home'”.

Throughout Thacker’s production we see how poverty pervades the lives of the characters of Hanky Park, a working-class community in Salford. The characters are struggling to get by on the pittance earned and this tale highlights the plight of those who are desperate to get out, “Hanky Park…we can’t get away…it gets everybody”.

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Gay campaigner Tatchell gets plaque

By David Watters, writing for Manchester Mouth on gay issues.

Sir Ian McKellen has unveiled a plaque dedicated to Peter Tatchell’s endless campaigning for gay rights.

The blue plaque, which was awarded to Tatchell for more than 40 years of human rights activism, has been attached outside his long term residence Arrol House on the Rockingham Estate near Elephant and Castle, London.

Speakers at the unveiling ceremony included McKellen, out gay Catholic priest Bernard Lynch and Lib Dem MP Simon Hughes. They all honoured Tatchell for his 43 years of tireless campaigning for gay rights and human rights in Britain and across the globe.

The event was followed by a reception at the nearby Cuming Museum, Walworth Road, where I was fortunate to meet and speak with internationally renowned actor McKellen, who agreed that this was a long overdue honour.

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A Streetcar Named Desire – Octagon, Bolton.

Manchester Mouth’s entertainment guru Sadia Habib reviews David Thacker’s adaptation of Tennessee Williams’s ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ at the Octagon, Bolton.

A classic play that some would say is synonymous with a young and unknown Marlon Brando. If you have seen the film adaptation you will have high expectations of Thacker’s production and these will be fulfilled.

The star of the show is Clare Foster (Blanche Dubois) for she manages to carry each of her scenes with energy and intensity in a long production, which reminds the audience of Blanche’s very nervous disposition. 

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Faith forums share fun picnic

THE MUSLIM Jewish Forum and Christian Muslim Forum of Greater Manchester enjoyed learning about different cultures at their annual picnic recently.

Taking place for the fourth year in a row, the picnic brought together members of three different faiths from the North West on Sunday 18 July 2010.

Attendees had a wonderful time, despite the drizzly Manchester weather, sharing food and stories at the boating lake in Heaton Park.

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