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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.

Pain Relief.

Just that little nudge,

the everyday elbow

that sends you ever closer

to the final straw snapping

somewhere in the darkness.

Today I have a headache,

formed by the blood not flowing

properly and the neurons

firing at everything I am,

taking me downhill

like being ignored socially;

today I have a headache,

I keep rubbing my forehead,

almost violently, with the intention

to harm as my spine harms me,

my own payback

on the spite, my revenge

if you will,

1900 Voices.

1900 voices

in my head

saying nothing,


but not gentle, their silence

damning as they talk to each other,

whispering away,

laughing away

in the tranquillity of no noise,

no reached hand

to include, only

to ignore; these

1900 voices

in my head,

a pay for view

no attention

and I feel the turning away.


Ian D. Hall 2017

Church Blitz, Theatre Review. Unity Theatre, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Cast: Samantha Walton, Adam Nicholls, Niall Hogan, Warren Kettle, Megan Bond, Callum Forbes, Nick Sheedy.

Be careful who you let in, that knock at the door as you hide in safety in a sanctuary, huddled together with strangers as mysterious lights and deadly rays fill the sky; when the world experiences a phenomena it cannot explain, not only does life’s companion Death come to take you by the hand, but the nagging thought that the mischievous, malicious and malign could call round to join in the fireworks is very much a certainty.

Games On The Last Day Of Term.

The last day of anything

should be treated as though

it is a day for games, to emulate

the final day of term

in which the teacher, finally

acknowledging that she has exhausted

herself, gives up and lets the kids

run riot.

Parliament could play Buckeroo,

the appointed donkey

accounting for Government sins

as they try to explain

the difference

between a wheelchair, mental health,

a nurse’s salary and a nuclear bomb.

Athletic doping cheats,

at the moment of being banned