Howard Jones, Gig Review. Epstein Theatre, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

As the music of a generation plays, as the notes of the keyboard play out the tunes and songs that captured the soul of any who were enthused with its drive and upbeat melody, the pumped dry ice that crawls on stage, that litters the air and shrouds each track with its steely presence, is almost spectral, wraith-like and pronounced and it offers the Epstein Theatre audience a type of nostalgic yearning to head back to the days when Howard Jones, one of music’s true gentlemen, was never off the radio.

Elise Yuill, Gig Review. Epstein Theatre, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

The natural charm of Britain’s Southwesterly dominions, Somerset, Devon and of course the free spirited Cornwall, is never in question, what it takes though is observant eyes and a striking soul in which to capture it and put into art; a tough ask in a world where fragile beauty, even in its most rugged form, is not universally enjoyed and appreciated.

A Bigger Splash, Film Review. Picturehouse@F.A.C.T., Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fienes, Matthais Schenaerts, Dakota Johnson, Aurore Clément, Lily McMenamy, Corrado Guzzanti, Elena Bucci.

The world of the Rock star, the chameleons of the stage who give so much of themselves to the world and who don’t notice until it is perhaps too late just how much has been taken, how much has been eroded away, sometimes find they have become pale imitations of themselves and the need to retreat becomes not only a tantalising thought but one of necessity.

Deadpool, Film Review. Picturehouse@F.A.C.T., Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9.5/10

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Karan Soni, Ed Skrein, Michael Benyaer, Stefan Kapicic, Brianna Hildebrand, Style Dayne, Kyle Cassie, Taylor Hickson, T.J. Miller, Randal Reeder, Isaac C. Singleton Jr, Morena Baccarin, Hugh Scott, Gina Carano, Stan Lee, Rob Hayter, Jed Rees, Leslie Uggams.

The Big Names In Jazz Come To St. George’s Hall This Coming Season.

Liverpool’s St. George’s Hall continues to announce its most dynamic Concert Room programme in recent years, and will feature the biggest names in Jazz set to entertain audiences, including Barb Jungr, double MOBO award winning saxophonist YolanDa Brown, and British jazz diva Jacqui Dankworth. Top artists on the U.K. and international touring circuit are booked in to the magnificent Concert Room – the eclectic programme covers a wide variety of music genres, comedy, cabaret and the spoken word. Jazz plays a big part of the spring season and the newline-up is sure to whet the appetite of its fans.

We Are The Diseased.

We are the diseased generation

blown apart

by those who sought to destroy

the revolution, who told us our ideals

were wrong, who told us we could not,

under any circumstances, be allowed

to live a life unoccupied by the thought

of the bullet and the bomb,

of the starving masses knocking

at the door, of propaganda bitten chewed,

enshrined and made law, offered on a rusty

plate, bacteria hiding, syringed

into each delicate flower adorning

the rim and scraped clean, licked spotless

Paula Ryan, Let Me Fly. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

The air of mystic vibration quivers gently in the air, the sound of artistic Gaelic freedom plays with anticipation and the deep longing that fierce independence can bring. The insightfulness and passion for Irish roots is nothing short of overwhelming, the emotions of being able to implore the words Let Me Fly forever entangled in the heart; three words that are ingrained in the soul of Paula Ryan and to whom are thrust into the heart of anyone spending time listening to this, her latest album.

I Know All The Secrets In My World, Theatre Review. Unity Theatre, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Samuel Nicholas, Solomon Israel, Michelle Asante.

By talking we are able to express our emotions, our fears, our doubts and concerns with greater clarity than we ever can by the silence that surrounds us. At times though grief is so overpowering that the simple things like laughter, joy and love can only be shown by the quiet and hushed up screams. The internal rage and sorrow of loss can only ever be expressed by non verbal communication and it affects us more than we realise.

More Light, Theatre Review. Everyman Theatre Studio, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound & Vision Rating: * * * *

Cast: Billy Czajkowska, Isobel Balchin, Abigail McKenzie, Nuala Maguire, Alice Corrigan, Ian Cook.

Bryony Lavery’s play More Light tells the story of the recently deceased Chinese Emperor who, in order to keep the location of his tomb a secret had not only himself encased within the tomb but his entire army of craftsmen, builders and his finest courtiers. Also immured are his five young infertile wives. These women have had the best food and lived secure and luxurious lives, but now they are faced with making the most horrendous decisions in order to stay alive. Human behaviour pushed to the very limits are explored in this dramatic hour long performance directed and performed by YEP (Young Everyman Playhouse.)

Liverpool’s Unity Theatre Awarded Small Scale Capital Redevelopment Funding From Arts Council England.

Arts Council England has announced that Unity Theatre has been successful in its application for Small Scale Capital Redevelopment funding for the Hope Place venue.

The Unity will be awarded the full amount originally applied for of £435,000 towards the £750,000 project, which will turn the theatre and former synagogue into a sustainable 21st Century venue.

The redevelopment is driven by the needs of Unity’s artists and audiences and is the first major work to be carried out since the previous redevelopment in 1998. It will open out the foyer and bar spaces, making much more effective use of the facilities and building.