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.
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.Read the full story..
Just a few days ago I was sitting in the Liverpool Small Cinema watching a film called Still the Enemy Within. Elegiac and accusatory, it’s the story of the 1984-85 miners’ strike from the perspective of the striking miners themselves.Read the full story..
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.Read the full story..
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.Read the full story..
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.Read the full story..
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.Read the full story..
This play is a fable. I know it’s a fable because the world’s biggest typewriter (heard but not seen) pounds the words ‘A FABLE’ onto the tea-chest-style wooden backdrop at the start of the story.Read the full story..
Theatres are all about secrets. They may open their foyers and welcome you in but the heart of each building stays hidden – a world of darkness and silence and stealth.Read the full story..
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