Cult Liverpool new wave act Deaf School is set to perform two special shows at the Liverpool Everyman to mark the band's 45th anniversary. Deaf School was formed at Liverpool College of Art in 1973 and garnered a faithful following both for its albums and live theatrical performances of ‘art rock’ and punk rock music in the mid-70s. While the band originally split in 1978, it has been cited as inspiration by groups including Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Madness. Deaf School
It’s been more than a century since Titanic slid to the bottom of the freezing North Atlantic, but the story continues to fascinate. There have been other maritime disasters with massive loss of life, but the White Star Line’s ship, mythologised almost before it made its fatal maiden voyage, is the one that has captured the imagination – both of the public, and of artists, writers, composers and film-makers. Maury Yeston and Peter Stone’s musical came out in the same year as
Liverpool Art Fair has returned to the city’s waterfront for a second year. The annual showcase for Merseyside artists is being staged inside a temporary two-storey gallery created from shipping containers and based at the Pier Head Village. This year’s exhibition features sculptures, paintings and prints from 99 artists based within a 35-mile radius of Liverpool, who responded to an open call and were selected by a panel of industry experts. Along with most of the work on sh
From Annie to Wicked and Billy Elliot to The Lion King, there’s nothing like a musical spectacular. It seems we theatre audiences can’t get enough of them, both old favourites from Rodgers and Hammerstein and Lerner and Loewe to new kids on the block, and from stories inspired by great classics to blockbuster films. While 2018 is already shaping up to be a good year for Merseyside musicals fans (with shows like Kinky Boots, Madagascar, Fame and Dirty Dancing already confirmed
The Round the World Clipper Yacht Race returns to the Mersey this weekend – almost 12 months after it set off from the Royal Albert Dock. The ocean-going yachts will take part in a sprint finish in the river on Saturday morning to decide the podium places at the end of a gruelling circumnavigation of the globe. And once all the competitors have crossed the finish line they will marshal themselves in to a parade of sail ahead of berthing at the dock once more. The sprint finis
With the city’s buildings being lit in rainbow colours, and Liverpool Pride taking place this weekend, it seems an ideal time to revisit Emma Culshaw and David Paul’s flamboyant comedy. The Ruby Slippers was a hit at the old Lantern Theatre, and later enjoyed runs in St Helens and at the Epstein. Now it’s come to the Royal Court’s splendid new Studio space. Their titular Ruby Slippers is a drag club on its uppers and under threat from both a glitzier rival and the siren call
There may not be much rain about at the moment but there are plenty of rainbows springing up all over Liverpool. As the sun goes down the lights are going on to mark this weekend’s Liverpool Pride. Come Out of the Shadows, now in its third year, sees the city and wider region shining a light on diversity with some of the most famous and recognisable building being illuminated in rainbow colours. Among the sites being lit are St John’s Beacon, St George’s Hall, Liverpool Centr
Roll up for Liverpool’s latest Beatles attraction – a new museum packed with rare and never-seen-before Fab Four memorabilia. The Magical History Museum in Mathew Street features artefacts from a collection assembled by the late Neil Aspinall, the Beatles’ right-hand man for almost 50 years, as well as items belonging to former Beatle drummer Pete Best. Best’s younger brother – and Aspinall’s son – Roag is the man behind the new museum which has been 10 years in the planning.
The most famous ship in the world was conceived in Liverpool for a Liverpool company – and had Liverpool written on her stern. But the closest RMS Titanic, the ill-fated White Star liner, ever got to the Mersey was when she docked at Queenstown (now Cobh) in southern Ireland before setting sail on her maiden transatlantic voyage. The rest, as they say, is history. Titanic struck an iceberg and sank with the loss of more than 1,500 lives – many of them Liverpool crew members.
Love, sexuality, tested loyalties and high heels combine in a hit comedy set in a drag club which returns to the Liverpool stage this week. The Ruby Slippers was premiered at the Lantern Theatre in 2016 and was also performed in the West End. Now Emma Culshaw and David Paul’s comedy is coming to The Studio at the Royal Court as part of this year’s Liverpool Pride. Life is a drag at The Ruby Slippers, Blackpool’s struggling cabaret drag club. Owner Raz thinks he has met the ma