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.
Wander through the gift shops of Sheffield these days, lockdown permitting, and you could be forgiven for thinking that colossal cliffs of concrete were always among the city’s most beloved landmarks.Read the full story..
Regular Everyman panto-goers could be forgiven for thinking they’re stranded in an endlessly recurring dream.Read the full story..
British culture can offer few positions more indicative of popular, mainstream acceptance than an afternoon guest slot on BBC Radio 2.Read the full story..
Like at least 50,000 other Liverpudlians, the writer Ian Salmon recently went on an impromptu holiday to Madrid.Read the full story..
Back in mid-80s Sheffield, I was heading towards A levels, my cranium crammed with a hair-gel-scented hotchpotch of concerns both large and small: reggae, The Stranglers, communism and females galore.Read the full story..
If you go to art galleries for the silence, you may have to think again before visiting Tate Liverpool’s excellent new show devoted to Fernand Léger.Read the full story..
Lizzie Nunnery’s new ‘play with songs’, To Have To Shoot Irishmen, has been touring since the beginning of October.Read the full story..
Think of fringe theatre and you might imagine dangerous theatrical adventures at the edge of good taste, the brave and risky heading inexorably towards the outer limits of self-indulgence.Read the full story..
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