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Beautiful, fruitful, peaceful: discovering Ruskin in Sheffield

April 18, 2019 Comments Off on Beautiful, fruitful, peaceful: discovering Ruskin in Sheffield

Back in mid-80s Sheffield, I was heading towards A levels, my cranium crammed with a hair-gel-scented hotchpotch of concerns both large and small: reggae, The Stranglers, communism and females galore.

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Fernand Léger, 1881-1955 The Acrobat and his Partner 1948 Oil paint on canvas support: 1302 x 1626 mm frame: 1402 x 1727 x 75 mm Tate. Purchased 1980 © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2018

Review – Fernand Léger: New Times, New Pleasures, Tate Liverpool

November 28, 2018 Comments Off on Review – Fernand Léger: New Times, New Pleasures, Tate Liverpool

If you go to art galleries for the silence, you may have to think again before visiting Tate Liverpool’s excellent new show devoted to Fernand Léger.

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Theatre Review: Long Joan Silver, Hope Street Theatre, Liverpool

October 24, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Long Joan Silver, Hope Street Theatre, Liverpool

Think of fringe theatre and you might imagine dangerous theatrical adventures at the edge of good taste, the brave and risky heading inexorably towards the outer limits of self-indulgence.

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I Shout for The Fall, Ruth Sykes and Emily Wood

Review: i Shout For The Fall! – Pictures of Words by Mark E Smith, Bury Art Museum

October 12, 2018 Comments Off on Review: i Shout For The Fall! – Pictures of Words by Mark E Smith, Bury Art Museum

Every Fall fan’s story has a different beginning, but sadly they all have the same ending.

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The Big I Am in rehearsal, Writer Robert Farquhar, photo by Brian Roberts

Big ideas, big jokes, big songs. Northern Soul talks to playwright Robert Farquhar about Peer Gynt

June 10, 2018 Comments Off on Big ideas, big jokes, big songs. Northern Soul talks to playwright Robert Farquhar about Peer Gynt

“I hate Peer Gynt. Why should we do it?”

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Egon Schiele, 1890-1918 Self Portrait in Crouching Position 1913 Gouache and graphite on paper 323 x 475 mm Moderna Museet / Stockholm Photo: Moderna Museet / Stockholm

Egon Schiele and Francesca Woodman at Tate Liverpool: Northern Soul chats to curator Tamar Hemmes

May 14, 2018 Comments Off on Egon Schiele and Francesca Woodman at Tate Liverpool: Northern Soul chats to curator Tamar Hemmes

I remember my first trip to Liverpool well.

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Ken Simons with Sutherland's Entrance to a Lane

Review: Ken’s Show, Tate Liverpool

April 7, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Ken’s Show, Tate Liverpool

It’s 30 years since I first came into contact with the work of Ken Simons at Tate Liverpool and I must have been witness to his handiwork many times since then.

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Sting brings The Last Ship home to Newcastle - photo credit Mark Savage for Northern Stage

Musicals, Geordies and coming home: Northern Soul meets Sting

December 11, 2017 Comments Off on Musicals, Geordies and coming home: Northern Soul meets Sting

It always helps an interview along when you discover a family connection to the global mega-star sitting in front you.

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John Piper, Harbour Scene, Newhaven 1936-1937

John Piper at Tate Liverpool: Northern Soul chats to curator Darren Pih

November 14, 2017 Comments Off on John Piper at Tate Liverpool: Northern Soul chats to curator Darren Pih

There are many reasons to feel a surge of joy at the sight of the Liverpool skyline.

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Salzburger Festspiele 2014- Golem -Landestheater Salzburg

Review: Golem, Liverpool Playhouse

October 23, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Golem, Liverpool Playhouse

Many people of a certain age will remember the suburban wonders of a living-room slideshow. It was cinema you could do yourself with the lights out, curtains pulled, and head-cut-off holiday portraits beamed against the woodchipped wall.

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