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

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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Getting ready for rep with Liverpool Everyman

February 14, 2017 Comments Off on Getting ready for rep with Liverpool Everyman

There’s an unmistakeable air of expectation at Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre these days.

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Roger McGough and Little Machine

Review: Roger McGough, Brian Patten and Little Machine, Liverpool Playhouse

February 3, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Roger McGough, Brian Patten and Little Machine, Liverpool Playhouse

It’s a long time since I’ve seen anyone wearing a snake belt, but when the poet Roger McGough takes to the Liverpool Playhouse stage wearing just such an accessory, it turns out to be merely the first disarming sensory flashback of my night.

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Review: The Star, Liverpool Playhouse

December 15, 2016 Comments Off on Review: The Star, Liverpool Playhouse

It’s amazing what a difference two and a half hours can make.

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Review: Aladdin, Epstein Theatre, Liverpool

December 14, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Aladdin, Epstein Theatre, Liverpool

It’s not often that I feel like a High Court judge, but as I peruse the Aladdin cast list at Liverpool’s cosy Epstein Theatre, I experience the same sense of disconnection from popular culture that occasionally afflicts m’learned friends.

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Constellations: Northern Soul explores the new displays at Tate Liverpool

December 3, 2016 Comments Off on Constellations: Northern Soul explores the new displays at Tate Liverpool

As we journey around our digital world, we are well used to following links and making connections between subjects that we might not otherwise have explored. For those of us who are fatally inquisitive, even if just as a means to procrastinate, this endless hop, skip and jump from subject to subject has its dangers.

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Did you learn to dream in the morning? A tribute to Liverpool Everyman’s Alan Dossor

November 29, 2016 Comments Off on Did you learn to dream in the morning? A tribute to Liverpool Everyman’s Alan Dossor

It’s an afternoon of images. It’s an afternoon of love.

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Yves Klein at Tate Liverpool: we talk to curator Darren Pih

October 23, 2016 Comments Off on Yves Klein at Tate Liverpool: we talk to curator Darren Pih

It seems obvious to me now that Yves Klein‘s Leap into the Void was a fake.

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Back to the Future: Sheffield’s Hole in the Road

October 18, 2016 Comments Off on Back to the Future: Sheffield’s Hole in the Road

I feel as though I’m about to die. Not in a horrific, life flashing before my eyes kind of way, but in a dreamlike, out-of-body experience. Except, if I really was about to die, I would hope that a failed 1960s underpass might not be the last thing on which I rested my earthly gaze.

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Review: Made in Sheffield, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

October 17, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Made in Sheffield, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

We’ve all heard it said that Britain doesn’t make things any more. We’re a service economy apparently, although I’ve never been quite certain what that entails. Does it mean we’re now merely the kind of country that waits at traffic lights to wipe the world’s windscreens, then hustles for a few coins in return?

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