Monthly Archives: November 2010

Long Night, 18/11/10

The Long Night had so much going on it was only possible to sample some of the events. We decided to follow the Sound Relay across the city. Also a chance to play with my new camera app.

The beginning of Sound Relay at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

The aPaTt ensemble mingled with the crowd, some of whom were making their way into the hall to attend a Philharmonic performance and were probably very confused about the random musicians in the foyer.

We moved on before the musicians began their journey and went to visit the Swan Pedalo (the world’s first open source swan pedalo) at the Old Paint Shop (ex-Rapid) on Renshaw Street. That’s Ella tweeting away.

We moved on to the Bluecoat at the tail end of the procession.

It was also the beginning of the DaDa fest, so there were some new pieces on display.

Finally we ended at Tate to watch Ensemble 10/10 perform in the midst of Magdalena Abanakowitz’s installation.

We ended with a visit to Leaf tea bar’s newest location on Bold Street. They’ve done a great job with the space, I look forward to returning.

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on the midterm elections 2010

I can imagine what George Carlin would have made of today’s results. But what he said two years ago remains unchanged.

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Anthology at the Everyman

I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that Saturday night was my first visit to the Everyman theatre. I hope it’s the first of many, and if the majority of their productions are as good as the Anthology series, I will definitely be back.

Anthology is a group of new short plays by seven different writers inspired by the city and the concurrently running play ‘Tis a Pity She’s a Whore, and brought to life by Slung Low theatre company. When you enter the lobby, you are presented with a choice of objects: a feather, a torch, a milk bottle and a letter among them. You choose, or are given, an object and possibly some headphones with a radio transmitter. Everyone gathers in the theatre and when the show begins, your object is called, or mentioned in turn, and you get up and leave to begin your journey. Each play takes place in a different spot in the city centre.

Knowing nothing about the different stories or where I would go, I took the recommendation of my companion who had seen a few different plays and said her favourite was associated with the feather. She picked a party popper and our other friend who was hurrying back from Manchester was handed a letter for her journey.

Seated in the theatre, those holding party poppers were led away, then the feathers hurried to follow an energetic old woman calling us to follow her and watch ‘Elsie screwing in the bushes!’. We were led away from Hope Street and down towards Rodney Street by JMU’s Roberts Library. In a garden between the libary and a church, the old woman’s story began to unfold, crass voyeuristic threats giving way to a tale of a girl searching for love and the grief that later overwhelmed her. Characters from her past wandered by in the distance, subtly concealing light sources that caught our attention and illuminated their monologues. The setting was perfect, as the old woman rhapsodised about the romance of October we crunched through dry leaves. Though the play could have worked well on stage or even as a radio play (my friend had mentioned earlier it reminded her of Radio 4’s afternoon play format) taking it out of the theatre really enhanced the connection the audience had with the old woman and her story.

We were led back to the theatre by a steward and drinks were provided in the foyer so we could compare notes on our journeys. Both my friends enjoyed their stories, and it was a lovely evening in all. I will definitely pay more attention to theatre programming going on around the city.

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