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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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Quality Control: Mobile phone gaming – exploitation or excellent?

April 4, 2018 Comments Off on Quality Control: Mobile phone gaming – exploitation or excellent?

Mobile phone gaming is often accused of shallow gameplay designed to consistently extort money from gamers’ wallets in the guise of ‘free to play’ – which is anything but. However, as phone technology moves inexorably forward, is this attitude outdated? Northern Soul gamers investigate.

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Review: Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols

February 3, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols

Only one record mattered to me in 1977.

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Patrick Robinson Edward Harrison & Jay Taylor in Baskerville-511 Photo © Ellie Kurttz #

Review: Baskerville, Liverpool Playhouse

December 14, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Baskerville, Liverpool Playhouse

Every generation, it seems, has its own Sherlock Holmes.

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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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Wall Explosion II 1965 by Roy Lichtenstein on display in ARTIST ROOMS: Roy Lichtenstein in Focus, © Tate Liverpool, Roger Sinek

Review: Roy Lichtenstein in Focus, Tate Liverpool

October 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Roy Lichtenstein in Focus, Tate Liverpool

A long time ago (the late 1970s) in a galaxy far, far away (Sheffield), I had a number of talismanic images on my bedroom wall.

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The Tin Drum, Liverpool Everyman, Steve Tanner.

Review: The Tin Drum, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

October 4, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Tin Drum, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

I’ve never attempted to adapt a novel for the stage, but if I did, I can tell you a few things I’d look for when choosing a suitable book.

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The Dinner Party (1980) – Sam Walsh, © The Walker Art Gallery and the artist estate

Review: The Dinner Party, Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead

July 29, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Dinner Party, Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead

Much has been made of The Mersey Sound poetry anthology in Liverpool this year.

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