Nice to have pics published in MMA Uncaged magazine this month of star Liverpool fighter Mike Wootten who is interview in the latest issue. Mike goes through the start of his fight career at 16, his training at MMA Academy and also how strong Liverpool is for MMA and boxing.
The featured photos came from the last OMMAC at The Olympia in March and more will be coming soon when the next OMMAC arrives at the beginning of June and who have just announced a new television deal on Loaded TV.
It’s not every day an international sporting event arrives on your doorstep but for the last three days West Kirby has hosted the Wilson Trophy at the Marine Lake with a host of teams from all over the world.
The weather was perfect for the sailing; plents of sun but also wind (that changed direction and speed regularly just to challenge the competitors) and it was great to see all the colour of the different boats in the Lake.
The final day brought out a good sized crowd with hopes of another local victory in the air but sadly West Kirby got knocked out in the semi finals and Wessex became the 64th Wilson trophy winners.
We all remember key news items; where we were, who we were with and what happened and the death of Diana was certainly one of them. I was taken back to events in 1997 with the new play by Bob Farquhar (of The Art Of Falling Apart, Gods Official and many other great writings) and expertly performed by Francis Tucker set at the point just after Diana has been killed.
Set in September 97 the play revolves around a struggling writer who is a Brit Pop wanabee (complete with parka and Liam Gallagher attitude) who gets caught up in the emotions of what happens and how it impacts on his writing and life.
The production is on at The Playhouse until 27th April and is well worth a view and go back to the stories and sounds of the period and conjur up your own memories of that era.
For more information go here.
Some portraits from a session I did with DJ/producer Ryan Taubman this week.
Ryan Taubman has been djing across the country and in Ibiza for the last few years and has recently been putting out tracks and EPs for a range of different labels.
To hear more of Ryan and his work head over to his Soundcloud page for some tasty examples.
It was great to do dress rehearsal shots for Tell Tale Theatre’s version of Arthur Millar’s classic The Crucible on Tuesday.
Tell Tale Theatre are a relatively new drama company in Liverpool and are directed by Emma Whitley. They’ve already made a big impact as a group and recently reached the semi final in Sky Arts’ Nation’s Best Am Dram competition with Martin Shaw as a mentor.
The Crucible is showing this week at the Static Gallery and is well worth a viewing. More about the production is here.
An absolutely amazing production of Esther Wilson’s Tony Teardrop (the first time it has been performed as a stage play) is currently being performed in the magical surroundings of St Luke’s Church (aka The Bombed Out Church). It was stunning to walk into the church last night for the dress rehearsal and see how it has transformed into the performance space – the perfect environment for the story.
Wonderfully acted by a great cast and led by the sublime Neil Bell as Tony Teardrop the play tells the story of a group of homeless people in a residential support centre and Tony’s battles and relationships with the staff at the centre and the residents. Both funny and thought provoking it’s a must see (though wrapping up warm is very strongly advised).
Visually the piece is superb with the intimate portraits by Lee Jeffries which are projected inside the church.
Produced and directed by Jen Heyes of Cut To The Chase and featured on Front Row this week too.
Utterly brilliant, more information on the play can be found here.
Great to see Echo And The Bunnymen legends Will Sergeant and Les Pattinson get back together with their new project Poltergeist at The Kazimier last night with drummer Nick Kilroe.
The guys sounded fantastic playing a fully instrumental set with a filmic backdrop to provide visual entertainment with their sounds. The band were in fine form with plenty of melody and riffs being fired along by Nick’s expert drumming.
Abley supported by Elohymn (though sadly the billed Eva Peterson couldn’t attend) the gig was a real treat for those present at Kazimier. More about the band can be found here.
Another great slice of the thoughts of top music journalist and writer, Paul Du Noyer came to Liverpool last night as part of the Threshold Festival. Paul was the the first guest of Little Atom’s In Conversation series so it a nice little reunion at Camp And Furnace with Gemma, Karen and interviewer Mike Neary.
The focus of the talk was Paul’s book of the Liverpool music scene, Wondrous Place, which covered the great talents and stories from the local music scene from Billy Fury onwards. Mike adeptly steered the conversation through the book and highlighted many of the tales from it and Paul discussed things with very informatively and with great humour.
To help audibly illustrate the talk Natalie McCool and Thom Morecroft performed stunning versions of some key Liverpool songs (including Frankie’s The Power Of Love and The Beatles (of course)). Natalie also played a set after the talk in Camp And Furnace and entertained the audience after the event with Paul.
A splendid time was guaranteed by all.