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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.


It was a great pleasure to photograph the dress rehearsal of Papertown earlier this week of the Young Everyman Playhouse’s own devised and scripted promenade performance at Camp And Furnace.

Papertown represents the idyllic setting where everyone smiles and life runs smoothly and serenely under the careful control of chaperones in great coats.

The audience are taken through many scenes with a set made of paper including an admin centre full of smiling workers, a family home where they eat the same food at the same time every night and a needlework obsessed tailor.

Eventually the young folk in the play want to break out of the restrictions set and culminates in the cast bursting through a wall and out into the real world.

Brilliantly acted by the young actors of Liverpool and superbly directed by Matt Rutter and Chris Tomlinson of the Everyman Playhouse. If it comes round again it’s a must see.