Northern Soul

Blasts from the Furnace

Reviews, features and hot air by Damon Fairclough, a writer based in Liverpool via a long lost Sheffield of the soul.

Sting brings The Last Ship home to Newcastle - photo credit Mark Savage for Northern Stage

Musicals, Geordies and coming home: Northern Soul meets Sting

December 11, 2017 No Comments

It always helps an interview along when you discover a family connection to the global mega-star sitting in front you.

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John Piper, Harbour Scene, Newhaven 1936-1937

John Piper at Tate Liverpool: Northern Soul chats to curator Darren Pih

November 14, 2017 Comments Off on John Piper at Tate Liverpool: Northern Soul chats to curator Darren Pih

There are many reasons to feel a surge of joy at the sight of the Liverpool skyline.

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Maggie Bain in Man to Man. A Wales Millennium Centre production. Photo - Polly Thomas

Review: Man to Man, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

October 26, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Man to Man, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Sometimes it happens that certain playwrights have a ‘moment’, a period during which their work suddenly taps into the creative consciousness bubbling just beneath our feet and causes multiple dramatic fountains to burst through.

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Salzburger Festspiele 2014- Golem -Landestheater Salzburg

Review: Golem, Liverpool Playhouse

October 23, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Golem, Liverpool Playhouse

Many people of a certain age will remember the suburban wonders of a living-room slideshow. It was cinema you could do yourself with the lights out, curtains pulled, and head-cut-off holiday portraits beamed against the woodchipped wall.

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Wall Explosion II 1965 by Roy Lichtenstein on display in ARTIST ROOMS: Roy Lichtenstein in Focus, © Tate Liverpool, Roger Sinek

Review: Roy Lichtenstein in Focus, Tate Liverpool

October 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Roy Lichtenstein in Focus, Tate Liverpool

A long time ago (the late 1970s) in a galaxy far, far away (Sheffield), I had a number of talismanic images on my bedroom wall.

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The Tin Drum, Liverpool Everyman, Steve Tanner.

Review: The Tin Drum, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

October 4, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Tin Drum, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

I’ve never attempted to adapt a novel for the stage, but if I did, I can tell you a few things I’d look for when choosing a suitable book.

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The Dinner Party (1980) – Sam Walsh, © The Walker Art Gallery and the artist estate

Review: The Dinner Party, Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead

July 29, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Dinner Party, Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead

Much has been made of The Mersey Sound poetry anthology in Liverpool this year.

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Review: The Damned United, Unity Theatre, Liverpool

July 26, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Damned United, Unity Theatre, Liverpool

There’s no doubt about it, it’s an inspiring story.

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The Lighthouse Invites the Storm: Malcolm Lowry’s Wirral

July 9, 2017 Comments Off on The Lighthouse Invites the Storm: Malcolm Lowry’s Wirral

It’s strange how some artists become inextricably linked with specific locations while for others, a sense of place is a more nebulous affair.

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Otto Dix, Reclining Woman on a Leopard Skin 1927 (Liegende auf Leopardenfell) 1927

Portraying a Nation: Germany 1919-1933 at Tate Liverpool

July 9, 2017 Comments Off on Portraying a Nation: Germany 1919-1933 at Tate Liverpool

Classification is a useful technique to employ if you are responsible for arranging the contents of a library.

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