The Damned United, Theatre Review. Unity Theatre, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Cast: David Chafer, Jamie Smelt, Luke Dickson.

Some people are born to be remembered forever, a few are so special in their chosen field that their very name is enough to evoke images far beyond what could be considered extraordinary, they talk a great game, they have the passion to back it up and they can command absolute love and attention from all quarters; they might be bombastic, deemed arrogant by many, however they are assured their place in history and for Brian Howard Clough, history is assured.

Absolute Certainty, Theatre Review. Tribeca Bar, Manchester.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Cast: Dafydd Shalders, Benjamin Longthorne, Barney Thompson.

Stewart Campbell’s Absolute Certainty at the Tribeca Bar is part of the Manchester Fringe events. The venue is situated in the LGBT quarter around Sackville Street in Manchester. It is an urban tale of an 18-year-old Finn (Dafydd Shalders) who is finishing off his ‘A’ Levels under the watchful eye of his elder brother, the club surfing Dean (Barney Thompson) and his ever-present work mate Lee (Benjamin Longthorne).

Ill Behaviour. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Chris Geere, Tom Riley, Jessica Regan, Christina Chong, John Gordon Sinclair, Anjana Vasa, Sanchia McCormack, Mark Asante, Lorna Browne, Tom Bell, Simon Meacock, Andrew Bennett, Wendy Meredith, Kellie Blaise, Joey Akubeze.

Mortality and comedy can live together in a secret harmony, the gallows humour employed by many when they know they are under the sentence of death, be it at the hand of state or by their own body fighting a war against them, from within the enemy is the hardest to reason with and win over.

Ripper Street: Occurrence Reports. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Cast: Matthew Macfadyen, Adam Rothenberg, MyAnna Buring, Jerome Flynn, Killian Scott, Jonas Armstrong, Anna Burnett, Anna Koval, Clive Russell, Matthew O’ Brien, Joseph Harmon, Lydia Wilson, Joseph Mawle, Patrick Drury, Kye Murphy, Kahl Murphy, Benjamin O’ Mahony, Matthew Lewis, Sarah Vaughn, David Dawson, Marko Leht, Jennifer Aries.

 

A Liability.

If I turned up at your door tomorrow, would you

think me broken, as we haven’t spoken

for a while, always the chin

held firmly, would you remember all

that I once did for you

or even the odd screw up, foul up,

because after all I am only human

and I have never labelled you perfect,

I have never seen you as the fixer

of the busted, the shattered or the ruined,

I have just seen you as the friend,

the final one who might just understand

The Everyman Theatre Announces Productions For Second Company Season In Spring 2018.

Following the success of the Everyman’s 2017 Company season, the theatre will return to a repertory company format in Spring 2018 as 14 actors will come together to perform four shows over the space of five months.

The Everyman opens its 2018 Company season with Lerner and Loewe’s musical Paint Your Wagon, building on the success of the 2017 acclaimed production of Fiddler on the Roof and furthering the theatre’s reputation for re-inventing classic Broadway shows.

An adaptation of Anthony Burgess’ dystopian novel A Clockwork Orange, a contemporary production of Shakespeare’s Othello and a re-imagining of Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, relocated to 20th Century Liverpool by writer Bob Farquhar, complete the full programme of shows for Spring 2018 at the Everyman.

Liverpool Central Library Hosts Book Launch, Video And Scripted Readings Of The 100 Years Since The Russian Revolution.

This Saturday, the 29th July, Liverpool’s Central Library is hosting a free event on the Russian Revolution as it commemorates its 100th Anniversary.

The event shook the world, it caused panic in the so called elite, in the ranks of those fighting on the Western Front during World War One as millions of German soldiers suddenly had peace on the Russian Front, and it caused a sensation that to this day has been the stuff of legend, literary fact and one that quite often is the springboard to other people in other countries believing the same could be achieved in their own back yard.

Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, Gig Review. Parr Hall, Warrington.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

The Rebel takes on many personas, many different guises and faces, it is the light that causes others to follow, it is the darkness in which the cause stands alone; the Rebel, the loner, the guiding spirit with the different outlook on life and who isn’t afraid to smile at the situation or take it on with a gentle sneer, the cold dagger eyes turning on a sixpence to the warmth of the embrace by the ones who know all the words and to whom the presence of the Rebel means the world.

The British Idles, Theatre Review. Unity Theatre, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Nick Sheedy, Adam Nicholls, Callum Forbes, Faye Caddick, Samantha Walton.

There are two ways to look at the situation imposed on students graduating from University as we stumble headlong along the 21st Century road, one train of thought regarded by those who perpetuate the myth that education should be paid for in excess of debt by those receiving it and the more honest approach of those who understand that by burdening the individual with liability that far outweighs the gain, is utterly and irresponsibly wrong.

Dunkirk. Film Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

Cast: Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy, Kenneth Brannagh, Aneurin Barnard, Cillian Murphy, Fionn Whitehead, Harry Styles, Damien Bonnard, Lee Armstrong, James Bloor, Barry Keoghan, Jack Lowden, Luke Thompson, Michael Biel, Constantin Balsan, Billy Howle, Mikey Collins, Callum Blake, Dean Ridge, Bobby Lockwood, Will Attenborough, Tom Nolan, James D’Arcy, Matthew Marsh, Adam Long, Miranda Nolan, Bradley Hall, Jack Cutmore-Scott, Brett Lorenzi, Michael Fox, Brian Vernal, Elliott Tittensor, Harry Richardson, Jochum ten Haaf, Johnny Gibson, Kim Hartman, Calum Lynch, Charley Palmer Rothwell, Tom Gill, John Nolan, Bill Milner, Jack Riddiford, Harry Collett, Eric Richard.