Clare Wiley
Clare Wiley is a journalist covering all kinds of culture. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, Digital Spy, The Skinny and Creative Tourist. Born in Ireland, Clare has lived in an increasingly obscure series of places (Texan outback, Luxembourg valley, Swiss mountain) before settling in Manchester.

Entries by Clare Wiley

Can We Stop Obsessing Over Lena's Body Now?

(0) Comments | Posted 18 January 2014 | (16:32)

The third season of Lena Dunham's hit show Girls premiered this week. The self-appointed voice of a generation was the subject of endless interviews, tweets, and excitable BuzzFeed lists. Full disclosure: I love Lena, and I love her show. When the first season burst onto our screens in all its...

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I'm No Fan of Musicals - but Could Amélie on Broadway Work?

(0) Comments | Posted 16 September 2013 | (17:06)

When I was 14 I went to see Les Mis in the West End: my first musical. It must have been a last minute buy, or just a cheap one, because our seats were at the top and back of the large theatre. It was barely possible to make out...

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Critic on Stage: Showtime

(0) Comments | Posted 18 April 2013 | (14:30)

Several months ago I decided to spend £70 on nine contemporary dance classes. I gave it pretty much no thought beyond: 'this could improve my writing' and 'this would give me something to do on a Monday night besides steadily, doggedly working my way through All The Netflix'. The online...

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Critic on Stage: Dancing to Our Own Beat

(0) Comments | Posted 15 March 2013 | (15:23)

This week was the last dance rehearsal before I take to the main stage of the Lowry in Manchester, captivating an audience of 2,000 with my balletic grace and elegant style. Just kidding, it's actually an audience of 100 in the venue's smallest studio and I'll be dancing...

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Critic on Stage: Umbrellas and Other Props

(0) Comments | Posted 19 February 2013 | (09:54)

This week everyone turns up at my contemporary dance class cheerfully carrying a selection of random objects: keys, a straw hat, knitting needles with reams of colourful purple wool, a giant bamboo stick. Our task is to choreograph a trio using a prop.

We start off by lining up...

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Critic on Stage: Why I'm Taking a Modern Dance Class

(2) Comments | Posted 25 January 2013 | (23:00)

This week I found myself standing in a chilly dance studio in leggings and a scruffy t-shirt, racing through memories of the past twenty years of my life, hunting for a highlight - to choreograph. This was the challenge set in my first ever dance class.

For the past two...

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