Cabaret From The Shadows, Theatre Review. Unity Theatre, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Cast: Carmen Arquelladas, Duncan Cameron, Leebo Luby, Miwa Nagai, Simone Tani.

The glitz and the glamour of the cabaret night, the well rehearsed, the dancing troop, the possibility of magic on stage ever hanging in the air like the illusion of petals on string or the blown glitter to distract you from the sleight of hand; all these moments make the eager performance of the cabaret a wonderful night out.

Foo Fighters, Concrete And Gold. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * *

It can almost feel like musical sacrilege to feel indifferent about one of the great bands of the modern era; somehow something inside fails to fall in line with expectation, with what you see and hear around you taking place and whilst you might be forced to reconcile those feelings with what everybody else is saying. Deep down, you know something is not right, something has lost its charm and become staid, good, alright, even reflectively sober, but it doesn’t grab you, it not set in concrete and does not have the allure of gold.

Gary Numan, Savage (Songs From A Broken World). Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

The connections are always there, the Godfather of Industrial Metal, of Synth driven angst and polished extremes, when it comes to putting an album that captures the emotional pull of the self and the world in which we inhabit, few make it as well as Gary Numan, nobody makes it as savagely beautiful as he.

In Gary Numan’s latest release, Savage (Songs From A Broken World), the connection between the previous album is made clear, moving from the splintered mind that we all possess when the world is cracking under the strain of our presence, to the fractured course of our shared history and its impact on Earth; the connection is positive, endearing, a little bit haunting but fully embracing.

Sumo.

 

It was a kind of funny old day,

I remarked, as the bomb went off

and we felt the tremors

on the other side of the world,

several more

and we knew that

because of the sumo fight

between the fat kid

and the child with fat head,

this playground tussle

which saw a few suns born

and disappear in the blink of an eye,

there would be no reality television

for viewers to gawp at that night;

shrugging my shoulders,

I didn’t know whether

Take A Magical Journey To Alaska This Autumn.

Join Cheryl Martin On A Powerful Poetic Odyssey In This One Woman Show.

Writer, poet and performer Cheryl Martin is bringing her critically-acclaimed one-woman debut show Alaska to Liverpool’s Unity Theatre this autumn.

Alaska is a funny, magical trip to the moon, with singing and dancing thrown in: one woman’s extraordinary story of how she survived growing up with severe depression.

It was inspired by Cheryl Martin’s poetry collection, which was longlisted for the 2015 Polari Prize, and is being staged at the Unity Theatre, with two performances on Thursday 12th October as part of the Liverpool Mental Health Festival.

Thea Gilmore, Gig Review. The Music Rooms, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

It is always with a metaphorical warm embrace that audiences welcome back Thea Gilmore back into their live surroundings, regardless of whether it is with a full band or just on the stage with the talented Nigel Stonier, the welcome is positive and expectant, it is full of respect for the Oxfordshire raised musician and as the uncertainty of summer gives way to the chill of autumn, as the events unfold with dismay around the world, there is always the smile and the voice of a musically passionate woman to keep the home fires burning.

Yusuf, The Laughing Apple. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

History might be considered to allow the winner to pick its paragraphs and choice of wording when accepting the fate of its work. History may feel exclusive but under the cover of almost the almost progressive tease, sometimes it takes the artist down a road they have once travelled and asks them to re-write, to revise their thinking and to see with age, if history has perhaps judges them the same way.

American Assassin. Film Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * *

Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan, Shiva Negar, Taylor Litsch, David Suchet, Navid Negahban, Scott Adkins, Charlotte Vega.

It becomes a bone in which to gnaw upon when you feel certain parts of cinema toiling away at the rehash button and not finding a way to remark upon the state of the world without being able to demonise and sacrifice the high ideals in which it really should find itself producing. It is a bone that has worn thin in many ways and whilst the opening five minutes of American Assassin has brought the idea of localised terror up to date, the sense in which perhaps the general public should be careful and wary of; it is soon becomes almost a chore in which to continue with.

Strike: The Silkworm. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Tom Burke, Holliday Grainger, Tim McInnerny, Dominic Mafham, Tasmin Topolski, Tom Greaves, Monica Dolan, Liz Williams, Rob Callender, Jeremy Swift, Peter Sullivan, Dorothy Atkinson, Catherine Bailey.

Why anyone would want to be friends with a novelist or any form of writer who sees the muse in almost anything is one of those rare questions that never truly gets answered; to be a friend of a writer is to open yourself up to the knowledge that some part of your personality might be the basis of a character’s reason for existing somewhere down the line.

Upon The News.

 

Upon the news

of your passing,

I wept, I called out

to the Universe

and raged,

how I thundered and spoke obscenities

not used to the shape

of my mouth,

the taste of wrath and lightning bolt fury

scorching small white soldiers

ready to take arms in battle

and bite and gnaw at the heart

of that which dared

say it was your time to breath

no more;

upon the news of your silence,

the world stopped making sense.