May 2011 Archives

I'M BEGINNING this post with a taste of the absurb because it feels on this dreary Thursday afternoon that we could do with some. First up, I received a little book of Edward Lear poetry through the post. It's been self-published by London-based cartoonist Zhenia Vasiliev - the text is out of copyright - and is really lovely. I was originally speaking to Zhenia about running some of his cartoons as a picture gallery for LiveRead - given Lear's links with Merseyside (he was employed by Knowsley Hall to draw Lord Derby's menagerie) - but they weren't ready in time. Perhaps we'll be able to do something with them next year instead but for now here is a suitably ridiculous limerick:


Copyright: Zhenia Vasiliev

There was an Old Man who supposed,
That the street door was partially closed;
But some very large rats,
Ate his coats and his hats,
While that futile old gentleman dozed.

FRANKIE Goes to Hollywood singer-turned-artist Holly Johnson is one of more than 60 artists, musicians and writers to include a work in the Ghosts of Gone Birds exhibition - a project that aims to draw attention to the plight of our feathered friends.


Holly Johnson with his Liver birds

Also involved are Sir Peter Blake; Rob Ryan; Gorillaz's Jamie Hewlett; Wallasey-born illustrator Ralph Steadman, who is most famous for his working partnership with US journalist Hunter S Thompson; wildlife artists Olly and Suzi; Charming Baker, who is collected by Damien Hirst; Pete Fowler, who designed the album artwork for Welsh band Super Furry Animals; Stuckist co-founder Billy Childish; and explorer Captain Scott's granddaughter Dafila Scott.

IT'S Light Night tonight - an annual one night only festival where cultural venues across Liverpool stay open until after dark and organise events and activities outside their usual programming.


Peaches and Cream's extreme makeovers

I'm like a big kid when it comes to going into places at hours when you wouldn't normally be there - probably goes back to late nights in my school's drama studio painting Christmas trees and making paper flowers for our ambitiously dramatic shows - so I love this sort of event.

macbeth2.jpgFINALLY, the show we've all been waiting for opened at the Everyman. Not only had David Morrissey returned to play one of theatre's greatest roles but it would be the last time we would sit in those funny orange seats and watch a homegrown production.

At the end of my review I'll post links to some others so you can compare our viewpoints. Please add your own in the comments section at the bottom. I'd love to read them...

BREATHS were bated in anticipation for this collision of moments in theatrical history - Liverpool Everyman's final major show, before it closes for demolition this summer, and the return of David Morrissey to the stage where he first discovered his passion, and aptitude, for his craft.

JUST a quick note to say The Bluecoat's artistic director Bryan Biggs is giving a guided tour of the building from 2-3pm on Saturday May 7, describing the damage suffered during the 1941 May Blitz.

Bombed out BC.jpg

He will also provide some background to the Bluecoat's artistic life in that period and the building's subsequent restoration, both post-war and more recently.

The tour starts in the Bluecoat Hub where there will be a small archive display about the event (open May 4-8, from 9.30am-6pm daily).

Tour is free, but places are limited, so you will need to book in advance.

SOME of the daring feats carried out by the cast of Swan Lake on Ice are so complex they haven't yet been named, we are told in the accompanying bumpf.


So expectations are higher than a butterfly jump for this to be an adrenaline-fuelled, daredevil version of the classic ballet.

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Laura Davis

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