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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.

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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The Odyssey at Liverpool Everyman theatre.

Review: The Odyssey, Liverpool Everyman

October 4, 2015 Comments Off on Review: The Odyssey, Liverpool Everyman

We all became so blasé about the concept of a ‘journey’ didn’t we? Sit down, lift off, couple of gins, a nice snooze and then whooosh, applaud the pilot and back on the ground.

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Review: Café at Tate Liverpool

September 21, 2015 Comments Off on Review: Café at Tate Liverpool

There is a scene in the classic comedy film Carry On Up the Khyber in which a party of dignitaries from the British Raj sits down to dinner in a grand colonial residence.

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Boxing Clever: The Art of Stuplex

July 8, 2015 Comments Off on Boxing Clever: The Art of Stuplex

Think of a box. Now imagine what’s inside.

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Jamie Sives - Arthur Miller's The Hook - Liverpool Everyman Theatre by Manuel Harlan

Review: The Hook, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

July 7, 2015 Comments Off on Review: The Hook, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Just a few days ago I was sitting in the Liverpool Small Cinema watching a film called Still the Enemy WithinElegiac and accusatory, it’s the story of the 1984-85 miners’ strike from the perspective of the striking miners themselves. 

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Hook-20 by Manuel Harlan

From Hollywood to Hope Street: Arthur Miller’s lost screenplay

June 26, 2015 Comments Off on From Hollywood to Hope Street: Arthur Miller’s lost screenplay

When I drive from central Liverpool towards Crosby in the North of the city, there’s a sight that never fails to snatch my breath.

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Hudsucker Proxy

Review: The Hudsucker Proxy at Liverpool Playhouse

June 8, 2015 Comments Off on Review: The Hudsucker Proxy at Liverpool Playhouse

Four years on from the Liverpool Playhouse launch of The Ladykillers – Graham Linehan’s delicious stage adaptation of the classic Ealing comedy – Liverpool theatre remains bewitched by the magical shadows of the 20th century’s greatest art form.

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Constellations

Review: Constellations, Liverpool Playhouse

May 27, 2015 Comments Off on Review: Constellations, Liverpool Playhouse

Almost 20 years ago, Pulp released their career-defining album Different Class. Along with the Yanis Varoufakis-approved anthem Common People, it also featured a song called Something Changed. In the song, which is a delicate strum-a-long until some easy-listening strings send it soaring, St Jarvis of Intake ruminates on the temporal singularity around which a relationship was once conjured into existence.

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YEP - Until They Kick Us Out

Review: Until They Kick Us Out, Liverpool Everyman Theatre

April 29, 2015 Comments Off on Review: Until They Kick Us Out, Liverpool Everyman Theatre

Young people and politics. It’s a subject I’m well versed in as I was once a young man, embroiled in all manner of revolutionary brickbatting and riotous assemblies – and well before I turned 18.

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