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The Master And Margarita

Quick promo for The Master And Margarita which is running this week at The Unity Theatre. Written by Mikhail Bulgakov between 1928 and 1940 and considered as one of the great novels of the last century the play alternates between 1930s Moscow and Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem with tales of black magic, satire and death.

Brilliantly acted and with the added delights of multimedia projections and the actors interacting with pre-recorded performances it’s a feast for the eyes and mind.

For more information go to the Unity website here.

The Vinos

Been chatting with the lovely Grethe Borsum about music and photos for a while so it was very nice to be asked to do photos of The Vinos last week for their new website which launched today.

The Vinos are all well established young musicians hailing from Norway, South Africa, Lancashire and, er, Liverpool but with a fine pedigree of musical heritage behind them and a fine rock sound to go with it.

We met up in a local park for the shoot and did the group shots before a slightly more involved set up to do the head shots. Two of the band held up a yellow A1 piece of paper whilst the third member poured sugar free blackcurrant juice over the band person getting their portrait taken (representing the vino element in the band name). Oh and it was done in near darkness too. We didn’t get any funny looks at all.

Anyway, for more info on the band (and to see more pics and video) please head to here.

Head On 2013

Hard to believe that this was the fifth annual night of the Head On gigs organised by the brilliant Vince Killen (where has the time gone?) but a brilliant night of music and support for the Mersey Head And Neck Cancer Centre.

Last night we were treated to The Vinos (more work from them soon) with a nice bit of rock to get the evening going to a packed crowd at Leaf on Bold St. Next up was Crowded Scouse (the band that features Vince on bass (guess where they are from and who they cover) and got the crowd up dancing. The evening finished with Chegwin pumping out some rock classics and got everyone bouncing about. Great times.

Towards the end of the night Vince announced that well over £30000 has been raised for the charity from the gigs over the years so it’s been great to see the support grow. Here’s a link to the charity organisation too.

ONAM 2013

It was so good to be involved on Saturday afternoon with the Art Valley (part of the Liverpool Everyman Playhouse outreach programmes) to document a wonderful Indian festival held in Aintree. Aintree has a high Indian population who have settled there through work at the local hospital.

Onam  is a Hindu festival celebrated by the people of India and is a secular festival, celebrated by people of all religions and castes and is considered to be a harvest festival.

The afternoon started with the children attempting to collect as many sweets as possible before events moved outside with a series of tug of war challeneges (which became increasingly hard fought).  We then returned inside for a twenty four course meal (very appreciated) and then onto an afternoon of dance, singing and the shadow puppetry created by the Everyman group.

I certainly moved a little slower around the cage fighting which followed that night after all of the lovely food that night but the memory of that afternoon will live long.

In Conversation With Lynda La Plante

It’s been so wonderful to cover the In Conversation series created by the Little Atoms of Gemma Aldcroft and Karen Podesta and there have been so many special guests over the years.

Last night saw the return of the series at St George’s Hall and the audience were treated to a great evening of conversation and music with the multi-talented Lynda La Plante.

Brilliantly researched and presented by Mike Neary (who was given an immense compliment of his interview skills by Lynda during the interval) a wide range of topics were covered including her early acting career at the Liverpool Playhouse, her TV work (which ranged from her appearances in the likes of Z Cars to her TV projects including Prime Suspect) and then onto her crime novels. There then followed a book signing of her about to be published novel, Wrongful Death.

Interspersed between the interviews were the brilliant group of female musicians including Liverpool Music Award winner and nominee (Natalie McCool and Anna Corcoran), The Beatelles, Barbieshop and a sublime version of You’ll Never Walk Alone by Emma Dears.

A great night was then topped off at the aftershow part at Hope St Hotel including an amazing version of Lorraine Ellison’s Stay With Me sung by Rosalie Galvin with very adept conducting by Lynda.

Not bad for a Tuesday night is it?

Go check out Little Atom Productions here too for further information.

OMMAC 18: Retribution

A week after the huge success of Liver-Aid and it was back to The Olympia but this time for the return of the cage fighting championship, OMMAC. Some nice lighting for the walk ons of each fighter was particularly pleasing for me to get some nice drama but this was nothing compared to the drama going on in the cage itself.

Some closely fought battles had the crowd on their feet on several occasions with blood, sweat and controversy in the mix during the night.

The main fight of the night saw Lee ‘The Butcher’ Chadwick quickly see off Yvan Sorel from France, much to the delight of Lee’s supporters.

These are a selection of the pics from the night. For more photos of the night and to purchase non-watermarked versions for prints and downloads please visit here.

Liver-Aid

A great night of Liverpool music and entertainment for a very worthy cause at The Olympia last night. The event was for the Francesca Bimpson Foundation to bring families of serious crime together. Francesca was sadly killed in an horrific arson attack at the family home in December 2008 and it was great to see so many musicians and entertainers support the event.

Steve Riks started off proceedings with his Ringo impersonation and kept the crowd going between acts with a dazzling array of very funny impersonations (George Michael was particularly funny).

Numerous Liverpool bands and singers performed to including The Sums, The Real People, the totally Amazing Kappa, a trio of Ian’s (Prowse, McNabb and McCulloch) with Brian Nash doing a stunning rendition of the Power Of Love by his former band and Sad Cafe sandwiched between them.

Great night for a great cause. More information on the Foundation can be found here.

Breezeblock Park

Uber ace to get to the tech rehearsals of local theatre company PurpleCoat Productions version of Breezeblock Park by Willy Russell. First produced in 1975 at the Everyman Theatre (and featuring Pete Postelthwaite and Julie Waltersin the original cast) the play later inspired The Royle Family.

Set at Christmas Eve on a Liverpool housing estate the play deals with the ups and downs of family life. This shows is expertly produced and directed by Karl Falconer with a great young cast who are fantastic in their roles.

First show was last night at the Lantern Theatre and was sold out (and also received glowing reviews from the Liverpool Echo). Tonight is also sold out but there are still some tickets for tomorrow night so get booking quick.

More info can be found here.

Dan Croll

Twenty four hours before my holiday started was a two job, edit and upload session before heading off but it was a lovely day and set the start of my break off nicely.

First up was a session for Liverpool music magazine Bido Lito with singer/songwriter, Dan Croll. Dan was a super nice guy on the day and great company talking through about his move from his home town of Stoke to Liverpool and how it helped him develop as a musician. He is majorly busy with a new single, In/Out, coming out on 17th August and he’s also doing festivals and shows all over Europe and America over the next few months.

Anyway read about Dan in Bido Lito which is available now and go visit his website to see and hear him in action.