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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.

Salty Kiss

Brew North: Salty Kiss Gooseberry Gose by Magic Rock

April 22, 2016 Comments Off on Brew North: Salty Kiss Gooseberry Gose by Magic Rock

God knows how much time has passed since I last saw a gooseberry. It seems to me that nations have risen, civilisations have collapsed and entire continents have drifted apart since I last set eyes on any of those translucent little fellows in their furry phlegm-coloured jackets.

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The Possible Impossible House

Review: The Possible Impossible House, Unity Theatre, Liverpool

April 15, 2016 Comments Off on Review: The Possible Impossible House, Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Here’s a secret I never thought I’d share.

I’m just not that into Alice in Wonderland.

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Forced Entertainment: we talk to co-founder Cathy Naden

April 7, 2016 Comments Off on Forced Entertainment: we talk to co-founder Cathy Naden

Won’t somebody think of the children? Actually you don’t have to because Liverpool’s Unity Theatre has already done lots of thinking on their behalf and, since Christmas, has been programming some of the very best kids’ theatre it’s ever been my privilege to see.

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Liverpool Lambs

Review: Liverpool Lambs, Unity Theatre, Liverpool

April 6, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Liverpool Lambs, Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Like many residents of Liverpool, I’m proud of my Irish heritage.

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Liverpool Lambs: Untold Stories From the Easter Rising

March 28, 2016 Comments Off on Liverpool Lambs: Untold Stories From the Easter Rising

One hundred years ago, almost every family in Britain knew the heartache of waving men off to battle.

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People's History Museum

To the Banner Born: Inside the People’s History Museum

March 26, 2016 Comments Off on To the Banner Born: Inside the People’s History Museum

It’s a banner you wouldn’t want to argue with.

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Review: Kite, Unity Theatre, Liverpool

March 17, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Kite, Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Kids can be an ungrateful bunch can’t they?

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Curly played by Tomos Eames and Chewy played by Taylor Jay-Davies. Photo by Polly Thomas

Review: Land of Our Fathers, Liverpool Playhouse Studio

March 3, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Land of Our Fathers, Liverpool Playhouse Studio

These days, grime is a music genre, the sound of urban Britain. But back in 1979 it had no such cultural connotations.

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Review: I Am Thomas, Liverpool Playhouse

February 25, 2016 2 Comments

In the week that my jaw plummeted in a southerly direction due to unexpected use of the phrase “zipless fuck” on Radio 4 – at 10.45am no less – you might think there’s nowhere left for transgressive discourse to go.

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Brew North: A Night Out by the Mad Hatter Brewing Company

February 13, 2016 Comments Off on Brew North: A Night Out by the Mad Hatter Brewing Company

I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now. Drink a beer and write about it I mean. But time and again, as sip followed sip, I found that the bottle was sunk well before I was ever able to reach for my pen.

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