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Mick McConnell, Under My Skin. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

When a set of songs gets under your skin, you tend to try and find the connections, what draws you to the great unknown, to the new and exciting prospect that has opened up before you like a flower feeling for the first rays of spring sun; sometimes those connections are obvious, you like a particular genre, it only follows suit that you should perhaps arguably like this new offering, yet for the most part that is not always the case. For all of us it surely is the thought of what gets Under My Skin makes me love you. .

The Pigeon Detectives, Broken Glances. Album Review.

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The glances from strangers, the looks that you cannot decipher but hope perhaps they are of interest, a secret passion or at the very least not ones that are wondering who got you dressed that morning, who are trying to place you into the realms of those they would avoid at a party or some sort of cruel unseen jibe that is locked in their heads till they get to the office. It is in those fleeting glimpses that we are given an insight into how others view us; sometimes it can be the best feeling in the world, at others it can leave you lower than the water table in a Dead Sea spa and resort.

Nikki Loy, Pivotal. Album Review.

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Life is arguably worthless, non-essential if you at some point you are not doing something that makes you happy, fundamentally pleased to have lived; it could be the smallest, most minute part of your day but it must be there to give you the absolute pleasure, the reason that all of this universal insanity must make sense, to be the Pivotal reason we are here, to make some kind of statement about the art we love.

Against the Graffiti.

Against the Graffiti,

she stood out like a Renaissance painting,

a heroine of the new Maltese dawn

and the hint of classical features

that delivered the final sermon of the day.

This heroine smiled broadly

as her words floated in the Valetta night

time breeze, hanging

in the air, as vibrant as the thunderstorm

clouds racing the mopeds round the

streets in time

to this Maltese songbird’s

thoughts and aspirations

of providing culture

in The Pub.


Against the physical Graffiti,

slang driven poetic phrases

Brian Patten’s Family Tale, The Story Giant, Brings Four Children From Different Corners Of The World Together In Dreamtime This Easter.

This Easter a magical storytelling adventure for all the family will be brought to life by the Everyman Company. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Mersey Sound, the Hope Street venue will present a new adaptation of The Story Giant. The production runs from Thursday 13th April to Saturday 29th April and features Richard Bremmer as the eponymous Story Giant.

Once upon a time, as darkness falls, four children from different corners of the world meet in dreamtime. By the flickering firelight, up the spiral staircase of his crumbling library, the Story Giant waits for them. He is older than memory, older than time and for generations he has collected stories like falling stars.

Burjesta Theatre presents…Shakespeare – War Play, This March.


‘They smile at me that shortly shall be dead…’

Burjesta Theatre presents…Shakespeare – War Play

Adapted entirely from the text of Shakespeare’s History Plays ~Edward III~Richard II~Henry IV Parts 1 & 2~Henry V, Henry VI Parts, 1, 2 & 3~Richard III, an epic tale of warfare, power and destruction will be presented at The Casa on Hope Street on Monday 27th, Tuesday 28th, Wednesday 29th and Friday 31st March.

Of the many characters included, Burjesta have on offer for the audience, The Black Prince, Edward, The Comic Knight, Falstaff, Joan of Arc, Margaret of Anjou the Warrior Queen and Richard Crookback.

LHK Productions Looking For Stars Of Tomorrow To Perform In Annie Musical.

Calling all Merseyside youngsters! It doesn’t have to be ‘The Hard Knock Life’ because if you love to perform and were born for the stage, then this is the perfect opportunity for you.

LHK Youth Theatre is offering young performers aged 6 to 18, the opportunity to audition for its 2017 autumn production Annie The Musical. If you think you have what it takes to be Merseyside’s next big star, open auditions will take place on Sunday 5th March from 12pm at The Epstein Theatre.

Fiddler On The Roof, Theatre Review. Everyman Theatre, Liverpool.

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Cast: Richard Bremmer, Patrick Brennan, George Caple, Pauline Daniels, Laura Dos Santos, Emily Hughes, Tom Kanji, Asha Kingsley, Elliott Kingsley,Melanie La Barrie, Dean Nolan, Zelina Rebeiro, Keddy Sutton, Liam Tobin, Catronia Chandler, Nadia Mohamad Noor, Darci Shaw, Ellie Turner, Jamie Pye, Nathan Russell, Stuie Diagnall, Aaron Kehoe.

COAL! Award Winning Dance Drama Is Back For Spring 2017.

The drama, the tragedy and the unbreakable spirit of a working class community fighting for its future…the show the critics hailed as “urgent and heroic” and “emotional dynamite” is back!

The winner of the U.K. Theatre Award for Achievement in Dance, Gary Clarke’s COAL returns with a string of dates across the country for Spring 2017, including Make Liverpool, as part of the LEAP Festival on March 1st and 2nd.

Given a Four Star review by The Times and hailed as ‘both humane and powerfully dramatic’ by The Guardian, COAL is a riveting dance theatre show that takes a nostalgic look at the hard hitting realities of life at the coal face.

A Bully You Became.

It was your arrogance

that tipped me over the edge,

then I realised you had been

goading me into the wall

all along,


me further away from you, pushing

me away from our once romantic past

and making me want to see you with

eyes of exasperation and the sound

of mercy forever

hanging on my lips;

this you found easy, a playground bully

you became, spoilt, incessant in your words

and what for, to keep proving a point

on how you were a survivor,