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Charming an audience with smiles and soap Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, and now the Masque theatre have all entertained me with nonsense. Not an easy thing to do, especially in current climes. There’s a pandemic and, even with one of their own being affected by having to distance tonight, the show went superbly on. We […]

“Whose thoughts am I thinking?” Review by Paul Giffney, 24th November 2021 Question: How does someone with mental health issues write about the best play they’ve seen about mental health ever without talking about themselves? How does someone explore a play that rips apart the ideas of identity and explores race without feeling personally scrutinised, […]

What a treat on a Friday night. A full audience, sitting in a ‘round’, awaiting men to come on stage dressed up as women. But this wasn’t a drag night or in a venue aimed at entertainment of ‘that sort’ (tuts under breath and glares). No. We were in The Church of The Holy Sepulchre, […]

Fantastic music. Check. Fantastic dancing. Check. Fantastic costuming. Check. But… And this is where I feel harsh in commenting on the fact, that for both myself and my other half, it didn’t ‘gel’. Now, how to explain without criticising any of the excellence that is apparent in this show… It lacked ‘depth’. A lack of […]

Monday [3rd August] saw loads of Northampton residents, and those from further afield, flock to the fantastic show Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, currently playing at The Royal and Derngate until 7th August. One of those residents was NLive Radio’s own Paul Giffney who, loving a show or three, dragged his less-than-willing husband to the […]

An aspiring filmmaker from Northampton College has won a national award for a festive film labelled “seriously impressive” by judges. Leo Kelly, a 17-year-old Level 3 Creative Media student, was named the winner of the Best Cinematography category of Media Magazine’s ‘Making Lockdown Creative’ Production Competition for his emotional Christmas tearjerker ‘Lost Without You’. The […]

The role of The Arts and culture in the regeneration of Northampton will be up for discussion on Mays edition of Shout To The Top. (7pm 5th May) Key figures from the town’s cultural scene will appear on the show which is presented by the University of Northampton’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Nick Petford. Joining Nick […]

The Royal & Derngate today have released a joint statement from Jo Gordon, Chief Executive & James Dacre, Artistic Director about their plans to re-open. A year on from closing our doors, we are delighted to announce that we will be welcoming audiences back to live performances at Royal & Derngate from Monday 17 May, […]

After a postponement in 2020 due to the pandemic, Northampton Film Festival is back with an online version in 2021. The festival centres around a competition of short films that have a connection to Northamptonshire, from being filmed in the county to being made by people born or living here. Screen Northants, the organisers of […]

Students on the University of Northampton’s BA Illustration course have been getting into the festive spirit with a project inspired by the classic Christmas movies being shown at Northampton Filmhouse over the coming weeks. Working to a brief jointly put together by their tutor, Zoe Taylor, and the Filmhouse team, the students were each allocated […]