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.
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.
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.
Great to be back at The Olympia with the cage fighting after a three month break and last night was an epic one finally finishing at 12.30 this morning.
I very nearly ran out of card space shooting all this and ended up with nearly 3000 pictures from the event so it’s been a long day doing the edit but really enjoyed the memories of the night.
There were some immense battles involving fighters including Brian Creighton, Uche Ihiekwe, Mike Wootten, Shay Walsh and Lee Chadwick but the headline fight between Chris Hoban and Tim Newman for the British Lightweight Title was the crowning fight of the night (and well done Tim for winning it too).
Aside from the fighting there was a very worthy charity event for Walking With Giants based in Liverpool and raised a good sum of money on the night.
Well that was a great end to the day with a fantastic soundscape and light event held at Metal tonight with the Legends Of Flight.
The band were promoting their new album ‘Mountain West’ but performed specially written soundscapes which combined with stunning visuals by Danny Turner onto the ceiling of of the near darkness of Metal to send people to another world. The space was decked out with patio chairs and recliners so the audience could gaze at the ceiling whilst taking in the audio and media display and drinking a wine if desired too.
There are two more shows tomorrow night too (6.30 and 7.30pm) and well worth a visit.
Many congratulations to all involved in the latest run of the Big Wow’s The Art Of Falling Apart which has had a sold out run at The Unity Theatre this month. The show is in the final week and has garnered excellent reviews (and quite rightly so too).
Great performances from Tim Lynskey and Matt Rutter (who can gurn for Great Britain) and a fantastic script and direction from Bob Farquhar, it’s an absolutely laugh out loud show (and may well be worth a try for a ticket – if you can get one claim it).
For more info go here.