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Hanging himself by his underpants while in police custody is the one successful thing 18-year- old Nick Ellis has ever accomplished - at least it is if you believe he was pressured into falsely confessing to stabbing a policewoman, for which he'd been charged. The death of this under- achieving, middle-class drop-out is the pivotal event in Richard Zajdlic's Rage, a play which explores its impact on the boy's GP father and family.

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ONCE in a while a voice comes along that can make you put down your mug of tea and drink freely from the sugar bowl. Iris DeMent's is one of those voices. There's a sob in it, a roll of the tongue, a fluty quality that speaks of dust and dryness and the heartbroken slam of porch doors. There is also, every now and then, the hint of a yodel.

How We Met: Trevor Neal and Simon Hickson

Trevor Neal, 30, was born in Dorchester and studied drama at Manchester University. There, in 1981, he met Simon Hickson, who is a year older and comes from Salford. They formed a comedy double act called the Devilfish Horn Club and moved to London, where they live (separately) south of the river. Under a new title, Trev and Simon, they spent four years on BBC1's Saturday morning Going Live show, and are now on its successor, Live and Kicking. In August their shows at the Edinburgh Festival were sold out. Their latest video is The Blimey That's Good Tour . . . and more]

Rock: Manchester's old flames blaze again: Ben Thompson experiences the reviving properties of new albums from The Fall and New Order

FROM raincoats and misery to Ecstasy and flares, Manchester's changing musical stereotypes could never quite keep up with her two most vital pop legends. The Fall and New Order are inaptly monolithic names for bands that have made a cult of individuality. In many ways the two - one all mouth, the other all trousers - could not be more different, but both have been sustained by perversity. And in recent months, as their home town's musical flame has been seen to splutter, both have been busy. Within a week they each present us with a remarkable album, snatched from the jaws of insolvency.
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