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Keith Haring at Tate Liverpool

A major new exhibition opened at Tate Liverpool last night. Keith Haring was an artist and activist in New York throughout the eighties. Initially famed for chalk outline drawings on subway advertising boards he quickly moved on to much larger pieces, making commentary on the issues of the day. Highlighting the spread of AIDS and promoting safe sex whilst railing against the media, racism, homophobia and neo-nazis.

The work is incredibly vibrant and has a great sense of movement and depth. I had been familiar with some of his work for some time, his stylized stick men will be known to many, but was unaware of how deep and varied his work was. It really is a fantastic body of work, brought into focus by his untimely death in 1990 aged just 31.

The exhibition features 85 artworks and includes video, music and photographs and runs until 10th November. Go see!

 

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‘Meek’ @Headlong Theatre at Unity till Sat 15th Sep

A not so holy story of ruthless state control that will have you hooked at the very first. A play of friendship and one woman’s determination not to be broken.

In this uncanny, high definition world, we are all more connected, more vulnerable and more human- but not equally so. This play shows how a small act of resistance can lead to a political revolution.

‘Meek’ is a tale which explores the line between religion, politics and the power of social media. A talented group of actors to watch, showing raw emotions. This play is a candid, uninhibited and emotional visceral act, with an intimate tender portrait of friendship, hurt and loss.

I was fixated by this new blend of dramatic theatre, of geopolitics and religion that catches the still sad voice of humanity. It’s a play that leads to questions and conversations, which have been incorporated with a post-show discussion.
‘Meek’ is certainly a play that reflects on our own fraught times giving the audience a roller coaster of tension and adrenaline, of nervousness and intrigue, drawing you in deeper and deeper right until the sting at the end.

This is a must to see, with a Sat Mat 2pm.
‘Meek’ by Penelope Skinner, a Fringe First Winner and directed by Amy Hodge gives the audience a play that’s very much of our times.
It just might change the way you think!

Book Now: 01517094988/Unity Theatre

Summer’s Coming-Get Out There!

With summer almost here (or almost gone if you’re that type of person ;-) .) Here’s a post I wrote a couple of months ago that may give you a few suggestions about what to do on a day off.

I hope you enjoy it.

Graham.

https://grahamsmilliephotography.wordpress.com/2018/05/25/the-89-bus-day-ticket-yeah/

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