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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.

The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary!

Review: The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary! at Liverpool Everyman

February 12, 2016 Comments Off on Review: The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary! at Liverpool Everyman

When approaching a stage adaptation of a literary classic, it can be useful to be familiar with the source material, particularly if you intend to review the show.

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Broke n Beat Collective

The Broke ‘n’ Beat Collective: we talk to director Keith Saha

February 2, 2016 Comments Off on The Broke ‘n’ Beat Collective: we talk to director Keith Saha

Where do stories start?

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The Creative Process: something from nothing

January 28, 2016 Comments Off on The Creative Process: something from nothing

Mountain climbers have it easy, don’t they? When asked why they want to tackle a treacherous peak, they have a pre-packed cliché tucked away between their long johns and the Kendal mint cake.

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The Haunting of Hill House, Liverpool Playhouse.

Review: The Haunting of Hill House, Liverpool Playhouse

December 19, 2015 Comments Off on Review: The Haunting of Hill House, Liverpool Playhouse

You think you know a place. After all, you’ve been there so many times before. You know its ins and outs, every inch of its physical dimensions.

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Duncan Cameron and Josie Cerise - photo by Brian roberts

Review: The Princess and the Pea, Unity Theatre, Liverpool

December 14, 2015 Comments Off on Review: The Princess and the Pea, Unity Theatre, Liverpool

You know you’re in the presence of superior children’s entertainment when the word ‘jelly’ isn’t rhymed with ‘belly’ (or ‘smelly’ or ‘welly’ or ‘telly’ – all of which leapt unbidden into my head as I typed this sentence), but is paired instead with ‘Machiavelli’.

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The Princess and the Pea

The Princess and The Pea: we talk to director Nina Hajiyianni

December 2, 2015 Comments Off on The Princess and The Pea: we talk to director Nina Hajiyianni

One of the best things about being a parent in Liverpool used to be our family’s Christmas trip to the Unity Theatre.

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Lump salt

A Brine Romance: Inside the Lion Salt Works

November 30, 2015 Comments Off on A Brine Romance: Inside the Lion Salt Works

For many years, I thought I could take it or leave it. It wasn’t something I needed to discuss.

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British POWs captured in Singapore

The Forgotten Camp at St George’s Hall, Liverpool

November 10, 2015 Comments Off on The Forgotten Camp at St George’s Hall, Liverpool

As a wise philosopher once said, ‘I am not a number, I am a free man!’ 

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Mandy Payne - Regeneration

Brutal Beauty: the Park Hill Paintings of Mandy Payne

November 7, 2015 Comments Off on Brutal Beauty: the Park Hill Paintings of Mandy Payne

In 1981, Roy Hattersley, then Shadow Home Secretary, made a short film for Yorkshire Television about the Sheffield in which he grew up.

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British Drawing Pencils

A Taste of the HB Source: Inside the Cumberland Pencil Museum

October 4, 2015 1 Comment

It was summer’s end. Across the land, shop-fresh school shirts were being slipped from the cellophane and given an inaugural airing in public.

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