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The Night before Light Night! Friday 18 May 2012

It is the night before Light Night and we are getting very excited.  We’re busy making plans for the city’s annual arts and culture festival, ARE YOU???  We’d love you to join us. So pick up your yellow Night Light book and get your walking shoes on!

Light Night is a springtime celebration of arts & culture in Liverpool and the night when all of our museums, galleries and heritage sites open their doors late and we’ll see over 70 free events, with something for everyone.

Andrea has made this wonderful plan and John and I are going to help her make it work.  If you want to help or even just watch it happen we’d love to see you at some point.  You could join us for the whole evening or just pop round for a short time.

We will be trying to do cram tooooooooooooo much in but what fun pegging it round Liverpool to try and cram in as much as possible.  Andrea’s agenda is listed below and the venues we’ll be visiting and the time we hope to be there.  If you see us, please come and say hello!  We can’t wait to meet you.

We’ll be tweeting events as we go from our @CultureChamps account, so give us a follow.  And let us know what you’re up to as the night goes on.

So here’s the plan

  • 5.30pm Choral evensong @Anglican cathedral
  • 6.30pm Making art @Arena Studio & Gallery, The Factory, Elevator Building, Parliament Street
  • 7pm  Re-live the 90s @Adult Youth Club, The Camp & Furnace, Greenland Street
  • 8pm  Polaroid Pop-up gallery @ Open Eye Gallery, Mann Island
  • 9pm Candle Lit labyrinth and Inside Out light show @Metropolitan cathedral
  • 10pm Late Night Ceildh @ St George’s Hall
  • 11pm Go & sit down in a pub!  Everything after this is subject to us still being standing.
  • 12 midnight Screenadelica Gig Poster Exhibition @Academy of Arts, Seel Street
  • 12.30 LightNight After Party including the Kazimier Krunk Band  @ Academy of Arts, (Seel St) Access via Wolstenholme Square

Of course, you don’t have to join us.  Go to the Light Night website and plan your own evening.  They’ve got suggested routes no matter what you fancy – an evening with the family, seeing stuff, doing stuff, visiting our gorgeous buildings…there’s an absolute mountain of things going on.

For travel, including the free hop-on/hop-off Light Night bus check out Merseytravel’s website.

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Join us on Light Night! Friday 18 May 2012

Oooh, Light Night is almost upon us and we’re getting very excited.  We’re busy making plans for the city’s annual arts and culture festival, and we’d love you to join us. So pick up your yellow Night Light book and get your walking shoes on!

Light Night is a springtime celebration of arts & culture in Liverpool and the night when all of our museums, galleries and heritage sites open their doors late and we’ll see over 70 free events, with something for everyone.

Ray, John and I have decided to head out and get a taste of all the different things on offer.  We’ve got a busy old time planned and we’d love to see you at some point.  You could join us for the whole evening or just pop round for a short time.

While André’s route will take in Rolf Harris and pole dancing (!), Ray, John and I will be pegging it round Liverpool to try and cram in as much as possible.  I’ve listed below the venues we’ll be visiting and the time we hope to be there.  If you see us, please come and say hello!  We can’t wait to meet you.

We’ll be tweeting events as we go from our @CultureChamps account, so give us a follow.  And let us know what you’re up to as the night goes on.

So here’s the plan

  • 5.30pm Choral evensong @Anglican cathedral
  • 6.30pm Making art @Arena Studio & Gallery, The Factory, Elevator Building, Parliament Street
  • 7pm  Re-live the 90s @Adult Youth Club, The Camp & Furnace, Greenland Street
  • 8pm  Polaroid Pop-up gallery @ Open Eye Gallery, Mann Island
  • 9pm Candle Lit labyrinth and Inside Out light show @Metropolitan cathedral
  • 10pm Late Night Ceildh @ St George’s Hall
  • 11pm Go & sit down in a pub!  Everything after this is subject to us still being standing.
  • 12 midnight Screenadelica Gig Poster Exhibition @Academy of Arts, Seel Street
  • 12.30 LightNight After Party including the Kazimier Krunk Band  @ Academy of Arts, (Seel St) Access via Wolstenholme Square

Of course, you don’t have to join us.  Go to the Light Night website and plan your own evening.  They’ve got suggested routes no matter what you fancy – an evening with the family, seeing stuff, doing stuff, visiting our gorgeous buildings…there’s an absolute mountain of things going on.

For travel, including the free hop-on/hop-off Light Night bus check out Merseytravel’s website.

Pass the laudanum! This is scarier than Frankenstein’s monster.

Mary Shelley at The Playhouse

Blimey, Helen Edmunsen’s Mary Shelley packs so much into two and a half hours, it could actually run as an all-nighter and still have more to say.

Telling the story of Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein, her disfunctional family and her romance with Percy Bysshe Shelley, the play tries to explore how a girl of 18 could have written one of literature’s seminal novels.

Mary’s life has a painfully modern feel about it: part of what right on types call a ‘blended family’ with an assortment of half-siblings and a quarrelsome step-mother. Mary’s parents were radical political types and the man she fell in love with was married with a child and a pregnant wife.  All very EastEnders.   Beset by money woes all round, Mary’s relationship with her father, William Goodwin, played beautifully by William Chubb, is fractured when she runs away with Percy Shelley with her dippy half-sister, Jane, in tow.

Edmunsen’s portrayal of Shelley’s romantic poet as a self-indulgent, womanising, political idealist who leaves a trail of destruction in his wake in his pursuit of what he believes in is one of the highlights of the play.

Amid a tale encompassing poverty, political radicalism, infant death and a couple of suicides, there are actually more than a few laughs, which were most appreciated in the midst of all the angst and woe.  I’m sure that there could actually be a full-length play for each of the six characters in Mary Shelley, so well drawn are they here.  Especially moving was Flora Nicholson as Mary’s half-sister Fanny, whose story shows the devastating effects of the actions of those around her going after their dreams with no care for the consequences.

By the end of the play I could absolutely see how an 18-year-old girl could come to write a novel covering the depth of the human experience that’s found in Frankenstein.  Her own life was a study in tragedy and despair faced with fearsome intelligence.  Watching this telling of part of Mary Shelley’s life had me hiding behind my programme in a way that Frankenstein’s monster never could.  This was her actual life.  And that’s a pretty scary thought.

Mary Shelley is on at The Playhouse until 12 May

Tickets from £10 -£21

http://www.everymanplayhouse.com/Show/MARY_SHELLEY_/732/Info.aspx

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