This was a marvellous, interesting and informative exhibition.
I love walking away from exhibitions, having learn’t something, but it’s better still if you can pick up the odd skill and that’s what you can get here.
Liverpool’s Lantern Company exhibition not only sold themselves and the fantasic work they do, but it also launched the opening of St George’s Halls previously hidden basement.
Here in this basement, you can see the Escher-like optical illusion of the brick arches of the world’s very first air conditioning system.
Around all this, the Lantern company has brought together an exhibition showing the very best of their weird and wonderful creations to celebrate their 10th anniversary.
Giant skelletons adorn the Hall, contorted chararacters and enchanting animals light up St George’s Hall in a frenzy of magic.
For a small charge children and adults can take part in some of their art workshops, giving you hands-on creativity.
Masterclasses are also available for the amateur and professional artists giving you a chamce to expand that skill.
My visit was definately illuminated by the giant creatures and the ‘up close’ behind the scenes sense the puppeters gave us when we wandered the exhibition. I got a real sense of the workings and mechanics of the Company.
It was also interesting talking to the Company staff as they created new works right before our eyes.
It was brilliant to ‘draw back the curtain’ on a company and see the phenomenal work that goes on and how raw materials and crazy ideas become the active ingredients of our Liverpool parades.
Take a glimpse at a fascinating creative Company this Easter. But, especially with the children.
St George’s Hall
St George’s Place Tel 0151 225 6911
Easter 2013 in Liverpool is going to be great with something for everyone. So, now is the time to get your diary and pencil in some egg-citing events.
I’ve just checked out what’s available for the girls this holiday and along with the usual Awesome Walls climbing days there’s alot going.
On Friday 29th March Active Adventures at Otterspool have an amazing Easter Bunny Maze.
On Saturday the Walker Art Gallery have an Easter Crafts from 1pm-4pm and between 2pm and 4pm there is a Mad museum hatters parade at the Museum of Liverpool. Eggsellent fun!
If you have time on Saturday, sneak off at 1pm to Waterstone’s Liverpool One to see the talented and humorous author Richard Penny who will be in store, joking and signing one of his latest childrens books-’Of course you can meet the Queen!’ A magical story telling the tale of a determined and tenacious child who waits outside the palace to meet the queen.
On 31st March, Speke Hall have the annual Cadbury’s Easter Egg Trail followed by their Easter bonnet making workshop.
Make a trip this holiday to the fun filled chocolate surprises at Farmer Teds, and win heaps of prizes. See the sheep, lambs, chicks and baby pigs too as they roam around the fun filled farm.
On 2nd April Sefton Park Palm House hosts the International Children’s Book Day with an Easter Hunt and Party. You can join Jumping Jacks, and The Easter Bunny, as Liverpool libraries host the ‘Ticket to Read’ show. You’ll find singing, dancing, face painting, fancy dress and a bucket load of laughter between 1pm and 4pm. http://www.wegottickets.com/event/205419
Why not take a trip to the beautiful Croxteth Hall and take part in the annual Easter Egg Hunt now on until Sunday 14th April. Who knows, you may be walking away with that delicious chocolate treat.
On 6th April Prescot Museum are on the road again with their Family First Saturday’s. Artist, Pui Lee assists children in art activities, all free and no need to book. Tel 0151443 5354
Not to be missed and something I will be attending, is the ’17th Century Living’ historical reanactment at Norton Priory between 13th 14th April. Join the new recruits from the Godolphin’s Regiment of Foote. The Walled garden will be the venue to experience the sights, sounds and smells of life in the 17th Century- watch as they fire muskets and practice pike drill.
Not to be outdone the Albert dock strikes out with a massive Victorian Carousel which will spin you around and then march you into the fun with an amazing FREE Albert Dock Easter Egg Hunt.
Have a brilliant Easter!
Anyone who’s taken a Bus into the City centre of Liverpool recently couldn’t have helped themselves noticing arguably the biggest Theatre poster known to humanity fronting the Royal Court Theatre ( above ). It’s bigger than P Diddys flat screen . Hell it’s even bigger than Simon Cowells belt buckle. It advertises HOPE the latest offering from prolific writer and actor Scot Williams who first cut his teeth writing for the theatre at the tender age of 19 with ‘Growing Young’ at the Liverpool Playhouse. Since then he’s also notched up several film roles (He played Pete Best in Backbeat y’know ) and several award winning dramas including Liverpool One in which two of Hopes co-stars Mark and Samantha (Scouse and Spouse) Womack also starred. But this heralds a first for Scot at the Royal Court having aired his previous works virtually next door at the Playhouse . I could tell though when I met him he knew exactly what he was doing and just where he wanted to be ;
” I liked what they were attempting at the Royal Court and what they’d done with the Theatre and I also think it’s audience are the right type for a play of this kind“
Also delighted to secure a cast of Mark Womack, Rene Zagger and Samantha Womack , having worked previously with all three he saw this as a bonus but when pressed noted one obvious Challenge :
” They’re my mates and they’re just as experienced as me if not more and I have to tell them what to do but it’s all good“
Of these mates, co-star and ex Bill actor Rene Zagger echoed Scots sentiments and was enthusiastic about working on the Liverpool stage .He had this to say to me during a recorded interview ( with his kind permission);
Everybody involved in the production appeared relaxed and ready for its Liverpool premier and equally eager to leave it’s audience satisfied . The play itself promises to be dark , funny, intriguing with enough suspense to fill it’s Cowell Buckle sized poster. And having now seen it I had to agree. Each of the performances were very well executed The dialogue was quite intellectual at times yet true to each character and the verbal sparring between Norm ( Womack) and Guy (Zagger) was akin to a modern day Laurel and Hardy , a running feature in the play used almost as a score to set up each scene. For the short times that Hope appeared her impact was tenfold and it only exacerbated the intriguing elements of the story as you couldn’t help but be fixed on all the seductive charms of Samantha Womacks Character . Scot Williams natural delivery as Victor gave us some of the funnier lines but the relationship between Norm and Guy was for me the meat in the sandwich . Complex , witty and often brutal they kept the audience guessing as to who would be affected most at the end by Hopes secret .
Hope Runs from 6th March – 30th March