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Liverpool’s Unity Theatre Announce Diverse Programme Of Performance Especially For Family Audiences This Autumn Season.

Unity Theatre, Liverpool’s unashamedly contemporary theatre, full of exciting, unique and highly theatrical performance announces a diverse Family Programme for autumn 2017. With a long history of supporting high quality performance especially for children and families this season’s programme realises a promise which will develop over the next four years.

Matthew Linley, Artistic Director at Unity said, “Developing our family audience is a key ambition of us at Unity Theatre. Our recent major capital redevelopment was carried out with the ambition to ensure that we would be able to welcome more families to our very special venue. As part of the redevelopment we installed baby change facilities on all levels of the building and will provide seating in our front of house seating for children, including high chairs. Theatregoers will also be able to buy healthy snacks for children in our ground floor kiosk.

King King, Exile & Grace. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Friends and loved ones sometimes have a way of sending you into exile, that you have no right to be where you are, that your opinion does not matter, that your dreams are nothing but dust caught in an updraft; it often takes those that you only hear over the wild speakers, those that find a way to install a state of kindness in even the bitterest wind and chained grievance, for those that offer Exile & Grace are to be saluted, for they are the ones that set you free.

Her Red Rose.

…And the girl with the red rose

never scolded me

for my fifteen year old naivety;

she simply kept the flower,

slightly doused in Brut aftershave,

till it passed into faded memory

but always keeping the three thorns

close by.

For Ali.

Ian D. Hall 2017

Timeless Band Stiff Little Fingers Bring Sounds Of The Punk Generation To Warrington.


Vintage band Stiff Little Fingers are bringing the sounds of the punk generation to Warrington’s Parr Hall next month.

After many studio albums and countless tours, the band are finding themselves more in demand than ever; they are currently working on a new album with many of the songs being debuted at live gigs, to a tremendous response from the fans.

Stiff Little Fingers (SLF) were formed in 1977 in Belfast and, along with the likes of The Clash, Sex Pistols, The Jam, Buzzcocks, The Undertones, Sham 69 and The Stranglers, they were at the forefront of the punk movement.

Case Garrett, Aurora. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

The artist sees the blank canvas and does not merely paint the soul experiences; only the home decorator can and should feel unaffected by what appears before them. When it comes to any art form you surely should have been affected by the narration of life around you before committing to the world your own story, not the straight lines of a single brush destined for the skirting board, but the full on light show of a whole series of brush strokes that are keen to spill, to blend, to merge and make the most fascinating Aurora in the canvas sky.

Mike Brookfield, Brookfield. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Many shy away from the raw and the passionate, they see the allure but they cannot find it in themselves to feel it in their souls; perhaps fearful or troubled by what could be let loose should they delve too deep into the fire below. The raw is not to be shied away from, it is not to be excused and passed over in favour of something that has been cooked and over produced beyond its initial vision. Sometimes all it needs is its own identity and its own sense of self; it is a vision offered by Mike Brookfield in his uninhibited second album, Brookfield.

Upstart Crow: Series Two. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Cast: David Mitchell, Gemma Whelen, Liza Tarbuck, Harry Enfield, Paula Wilcox, Helen Monks, Tim Downie, Dominic Coleman, Mark Heap, Rob Rouse, Steve Spiers, Jocelyn Jee Esien, Adam Harley.

It doesn’t seem that long ago that Ben Elton, one of the prestigious and prolific comedy writers of his generation, was asked to step in and take what was a perhaps seen as a series that confused some, baffled others and had those who had the wherewithal to not only admire Rowan Atkinson but who also understood the intricacies of historical comedy, heavily borrowing dialogue from William Shakespeare, to the absolute heights of the British comedy mountain.


Round and through the Mullberry Bush

the Meeples go,

plastic heads on plastic shoulders

with artificial smiles,

crowing as sure as a cock

at dawn as their synthetic

disguise holds no weight,

no depth,

just concealment as they sympathise

and imitate falsehood, non-neutral lies,

Meeple made, on screen reproduction,

a thumbs up, a like for the ordinary

Meeple as insincerity blends with truth;

sturdy, choke inducing, foot crippling

plastic Meeple, a token

in need to present the human face.


Ian D. Hall 2017

Casting Announced For U.K. Tour of Frantic Assembly’s Critically Acclaimed Play, Things I Know To Be True

Full casting has been announced for Frantic Assembly and State Theatre Company South Australia’s critically acclaimed Things I Know To Be True ahead of its visit to Storyhouse in Chester from 7th November 2017.

Original U.K. cast members, Matthew Barker and Kirsty Oswald, return to reprise their roles as Mark and Rosie respectively. Joining them in the company will be Chester born Cate Hamer as Fran, Seline Hizli as Pip, John McArdle as Bob and Arthur Wilson as Ben.

Tori Amos, Native Invader. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 7/10

You can stand in front of the Mona Lisa as it resides deep underground in Paris and you can marvel in the perfection, the composition, and you can be haunted by Time, by the sheer scope of history and the insignificance of what is shadowing the piece before you and you are struck by the beauty, by the sheer audacity of one human being’s attempt to capture something exquisite, a slice of art that is permanent and captivating. You can do all that but it doesn’t necessarily mean that you think it is the most interesting or truly dynamic of works; that it is so beautiful and evocative but ultimately it is not as good as the brain or the heart desires it to be.