Tell Tale are back with Animal Farm

animal farmTell Tale Return…

Animal Farm
28 – 31 Oct 2014
Arts Club, Seel St.

The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.

Tell Tale Theatre’s latest production is a theatrical adaptation of George Orwell’s classic Animal Farm; an allegorical and dystopian novel, published in England in 1945. In an exciting new collaboration with award-winning writer Laurence Wilson Tell Tale Theatre offer up a dynamic theatrical interpretation of this world famous book. With live music, drama and film this production promises to be challenging, powerful and deeply relevant.

It would be hard to over-estimate the lasting impact of Orwell’s fantastic setting of a ‘proletarian revolution’ in an English farm where the animals – led by the pigs – organize their collective strength to overthrow the humans, but end up with another dictatorship.

Written at the end of a War against fascist Germany – fought in partnership with the socialist system of Stalin’s Soviet Union – the message in Orwell’s story carried heavy warnings.

Book your tickets online now or call 0844 847 2472

You can also buy tickets in person from the Arts Club box office, which is open daily from noon until 8pm and you’ll save on the booking fee.

Harald Jaeger…..the man who opened the Berlin Wall.

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Liverpool University’s £500m upgrade facilities will be host to a very special guest on Tuesday 21st October 6pm at the Eleanor Rathbone Building, when Harald Jaeger, the man who opened the Berlin Wall gives a fascinating interview.

When hundreds of East Berliners showed up at the Bornholmer Strasse border crossing on a cold and grey November evening in 1989, demanding to be let into West Berlin, Lt Col. Harald Jaeger asked for guidance from his superiors.

By the time the crowd grew into a thousand and became more demanding it became clear to Jaeger that he would get no guidance from his superiors.

If you are interested in this story; this significant world event, an event that gave individual freedom, an event that started the slow disintegration of Communist Europe, meeting a classic Stasi intelligence officer and talking to the man who opened up the Wall in which a ‘class enemy’ gained a victory. Then book a ticket for the event on http://www.liv.ac.uk/events/berlinwall/

The excited East Germans did converge on the border crossing that Jaeger commanded with him unaware that hours earlier Politburo member Gunter Schabowski had announced to the international media that the ruling Communist party had ‘declared East Germans were free to travel immediately’.

The dramatic decision took all by surprise. Jaeger, the highest ranking officer at the time, having spent 30 years in the East German army and overseeing the building of the Wall in 1961, gave his people the order to ‘raise the barrier’.

The decision to open the Berlin Wall border crossing almost 25 years ago began the process of German unification that left former Stasi officer Harald Jaeger unemployed.

On Tuesday Harald will deliver a talk recounting his experiences and subsequent reflection.

This is the only UK stop on his world tour, a tour which should be ‘very, very interesting’.

6pm Eleanor Rathbone Building L697ZA

“Off the Page”…. hundreds of thoughts, dreams and ideas trapped in words, so make them live for you as they once did for the people who thought them.

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I can’t help thinking what a joy it is to be able to read and write, so reading recently about Andrew Bailey, a blind man who had a note put in a shop window seeking someone to read to him and was inundated with hundreds of volunteers willing to help, shows that we do live in a very caring and supportive society.

Andrew Bailey was unable to read properly for 15 years through a degenerative disease, he said “There has been a huge space left in my life. I got much pleasure from reading”.

It’s sad that there are still pockets of our society that struggle with day to day reading.

‘City of Readers’ is the Liverpool Learning Partnership’s campaign to transform Liverpool into the UK’s foremost reading city. It’s aim is for every child who has the ability to do so to learn to love reading.

Events in Liverpool this weekend certainly put reading on the shopping list. Take a look at our own Calderstones Mansion Reader Organisation, bringing books to life for children and adults, with their exotic events. I was amazed at their new weekly events calendar just published. http://www.thereader.org.uk

Don’t miss though, a chance to engage this weekend with the Merseyside Literature Partnership at the Bluecoat this Saturday 18th October.
All day, there will be a full range of activities set to showcase a range of readings, workshops, games and displays for all the family to enjoy.

Beginning at 11am, the activities cascade until 9pm. Visit http://www.thebluecoat.org.uk or call 01517025324 for updates on the days events.

‘Off the Page’, who will be at the Bluecoat, is a coordinated consortium of venues, organisations and university departments offering a wide range of literature based activities in the region. Activities which you can get involved in and support with many developing your ideas into a springboard career opportunity.
Watch community projects to readings by established authors and get a taste of the richness of literature.

Well worth a visit to, is the ‘Writing on the Wall’ taster workshop led by the professional poet and creative writing teacher, Colin Watts. He will be sharing his expertise and guiding aspiring writers through the creative process with a range of different writing genres.

If you fancy yourself as an author then come along. If you fancy a career change and a challenge to become a writer, then bring a sample of your work for on the spot advice and free details of publishing opportunities.

If you are staying in town for a while, especially during the early evening after partaking of the fabulous Bluecoat eatery then don’t miss a showcase event at 7.30pm when Curtis Watt and Clare Shaw, two of the regions most dynamic and celebrated poets perform. Expect an eclectic mix of poetry, spoken word and outstanding performance.

For a literary entertaining day with events for all the family from Storytellers, poets and authors then tune into the Bluecoat and you never know, it could change your life!.

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