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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.

Tate Cafe - copyright Tate Liverpool

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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Ricci McLeod (Groom) Amy Conachan (Bride) in Blood Wedding

Review: Blood Wedding at Liverpool Everyman Theatre

April 24, 2015 Comments Off on Review: Blood Wedding at Liverpool Everyman Theatre

The arrival of Graeae Theatre Company at Liverpool’s Everyman is a matter for celebration.

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Review: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Liverpool Playhouse

March 31, 2015 Comments Off on Review: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Liverpool Playhouse

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.

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Epstein Theatre auditorium and stage

Lifting the Curtain at The Epstein Theatre, Liverpool

March 22, 2015 Comments Off on Lifting the Curtain at The Epstein Theatre, Liverpool

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.

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