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Picasso everywhere!

'Pop-up' performers

I walked out of John Lewis in Liverpool One yesterday afternoon and almost bumped into a very still man in a stripy T.Shirt.

There was an air of excitement all round with people laughing, pointing, running round taking photos with cameras and phones.  I quickly realised there were lots of these figures standing in various locations on all levels of the shopping centre. They each held a different pose but were dressed in the same hat and T.Shirt. It was fascinating to see the performers close up, and the reaction they received from passers by. We had no idea why they were there!

When the figures had been still for ages, they suddenly all started heading downstairs to a central point in Liverpool One. As each person got there they linked into a group formation and were finally joined by the last of the group, who came carrying a pile of something high above her head.  They all wrapped around her forming a huddle so none of their faces could be seen and there was silence. Then suddenly, with a shout, they burst out of the grouping and ran fast away in all different directions through the crowds

The reaction from people was hilarious! Some of the audience screamed. Some just laughed and others looked really puzzled. Lots however, including me, went over to pick up a leaflet from the pile which was left on the ground.  It turned out to be the flyer for the Late at Tate PARTY POLITICAL- a free event Thursday 19th Aug 6-9pm at the TATE.  It also mentioned we should look out for more ‘pop-up’ performances featuring picasso around the city.

As advertising I thought it was Genius!-it certainly captured everyone’s imagination.  But I think there was more to it than just that. There was definitely a team amongst the crowds, taking photos  and films of audience reaction to the performance. I imagine it is some kind of ongoing interactive art-piece and if it is, I’d certainly like to see the final result!

Picasso Huddle.

To me it was another brilliant example as well, of  what a vibrant and exciting place Liverpool is right now.  You never know what to expect at the mo, you can become part of something artistic and cultural, even when you’re just on a little shopping trip!

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They eat Ham and Jam and SPAM-A-LOT!!

You know you’ve seen a good show when the entire audience leave the building smiling and singing one of the very catchy tunes.  Since leaving The Empire on Saturday night, I have certainly Had “Always look on the Bright Side of Life” in my head!

I am part of  SingLive a singing group who do concerts in Liverpool.  We did a medley of the hilarious songs from SPAMALOT, in a concert earlier this year and ever since then I have wanted to see the show.  I was really looking forward to it and was certainly not disappointed!!

It’s hard to believe that Monty Python’s Holy Grail was first seen in 1975.  This show adapted for theatre had all the energy, absurdity, and irony of the original but cleverly incorporated some modern and up-to-date references. It followed the tale of King Arthur (Marcus Brigstocke) as he rounded up his Knights, and went off in search of the Holy Grail.  Many of the characters you would expect were there, including the Killer rabbit,  an appearance by Eric Idle as God, and my particular fave, the brilliant Not Dead Fred (David Langham).  I’ve not been able to stop singing “I am not dead yet”- which can understandably get rather an odd reaction from anyone who doesn’t know where it comes from!!

The music throughout the show was catchy and fast-moving. The scenery and costumes suitably colourful and bright. The mainly male cast were  obviously having fun, and the performances without exception were all good.  Todd Carty was adorable as the King’s faithful Patsy, excellent at coconut clapping, and he surprised me with his dancing and nimble-footed high kicks!  The Knights of the Round table  certainly did “dance when e’er they’re able” and all were flamboyant,witty and entertaining. Who can forget the Las Vegas style show tune as  Sir Lancelot “in tight pants a lot” gets to express his true self.

The last night of any show is often the chance for a bit of ad-libbing by the cast. On Saturday we were treated to some of this. The Knights that say ‘Ni’ became the Knights that sang the first verse of  ‘Ferry Cross the Mersey!’-this went down a storm with the audience, and we applauded even more when King Arthur  made a valiant attempt at repeating it and created his own unique version!

The Lady of the Lake had been played all week by Jodie Prenger.  On Saturday however we were treated to the talents of Haley Tamaddon in this role and she was Fantastic!! She understood her character well and was very likeable in this clever role. Her singing and dancing matched the skill she showed in winning Dancing on Ice, is there nothing she can’t do well?  (In the foyer before the show I noticed Holly Oaks actor and Haley’s fellow Dancing on Ice finalist Kieron Richardson, who had obviously come to cheer his mate along.)

If this show comes back to Liverpool I would certainly go and see it again and would recommend it to others.  Any fan of Monty Python would enjoy it, but also anyone who just wants a fun night out.  Quirky it definitely is, witty , controversial and ironic as well, but then I would not have expected anything less!!

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!!

Liverpool Beach

Liverpool One Beach!

How brilliant is the Beach and fair at Liverpool One? One lady I spoke to said  “Who needs to go on holiday when we’ve got everything we could possibly want here!”

She’s right aswell-well apart from the weather the last few days!-but hey the spirit and vibrancy around the city more than makes up for a bit of rain!

What with the Helter-skelter, the Donkey rides, the Carousel, and various musical artists popping up around every corner for our daily entertainment, Liverpool has pretty much got it all! Enjoy!!!

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