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.

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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Mann Island & RIBA North designed by Matt Brook of Broadway Malyan ©Paul McMullin (5)

Architecture for Life: A New Home for RIBA North

June 28, 2017 Comments Off on Architecture for Life: A New Home for RIBA North

When the architectural historian, Joseph Sharples, first visited Liverpool as a student in the 1980s, the city made an indelible impression.

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Emily Hughes & Liam Tobin in The Sum photograph by Stephen Vaughan

Review: The Sum, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

May 11, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Sum, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

At last, this is the one. This is the play the Everyman company has been waiting to reveal, the one that helps its pioneering rep project make a brilliant kind of sense.

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Richard Bremmer as The Story Giant_©Stephen Vaughan

Review: The Story Giant, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

April 21, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Story Giant, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

You can’t escape from stories these days.

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OK The Musical 2 - © Tate Liverpool, Jake Ryan

OK – The Musical: Northern Soul meets Christopher Kline, creator of Tate Liverpool’s new show

April 11, 2017 Comments Off on OK – The Musical: Northern Soul meets Christopher Kline, creator of Tate Liverpool’s new show

Back in a time before touchscreens and Tinder, there was Tiswas. Innocent, inexplicable Tiswas. At the turn of the 1980s, this Saturday morning TV chaos-fest was the hectic, hydrophilic yang to Multicoloured Swap Shop’s somewhat less water-logged yin.

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Review: The Conquest of the South Pole, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

April 3, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Conquest of the South Pole, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Now that the Ukrainian dust has settled on the Everyman rep company’s rousing season opener – their powerful take on Fiddler on the Roof – where is this exciting band of performers taking us next?

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Review: Pygmalion, Liverpool Playhouse

March 10, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Pygmalion, Liverpool Playhouse

Take some raw material. Manipulate it, reshape it. Then stand back and consider what you’ve made.

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