Author: hattiebanfield

Fernand Léger: New Times, New Pleasures at Tate Liverpool | Review

An exciting new exhibition on the artwork of Fernand Léger named New Times, New Pleasures is on display at Tate Liverpool until 17th March 2019, alongside Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho’s News from Nowhere. Léger’s work includes a diverse collection of abstract and figurative paintings, drawings, films, graphic designs, books, textiles and a large-scale mural. His style, described as a ‘unique visual style that powerfully captured the intense experience and energy of the 1910s Parisian metropolis’ was influenced by both his previous architectural training and the continual industrial growth of the early 20th century. It is evident when walking through the exhibition that...

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A Taste of Honey at the Epstein Theatre

First performed in 1958, Shelagh Delaney’s A Taste of Honey continues to be just as thought-provoking and influential sixty years later, as it appears on the stage of the Liverpool Epstein Theatre from October the 9th– 13th directed by Daniel Taylor. As part of the post-war ‘kitchen sink movement’, Delaney’s play depicts the volatile relationship between a single mother Helen, and daughter Jo, and their respective struggles as members of the working class community in 1950’s Manchester. When first performed, Delaney’s play turned heads for its depiction of both an interracial couple and the non-derogatory characterisation of a gay man. A Taste...

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The Nutcracker at the Liverpool Empire Theatre – Preview

The English National Ballet returns to the Liverpool Empire theatre on the 29th of November to enact the Christmas classic “The Nutcracker”, a story detailing the adventures of Clara and her magical toy nutcracker. Based on the original story “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice” by ET Hoffman, the tale begins in Edwardian London at a Christmas party where Clara is given the Nutcracker by her Godfather, Drosselmeyer. The nutcracker is taken and broken by her brother Fritz, overcome with jealousy at his sister’s wonderful new toy; heartbroken, Clara attempts to fix her beloved toy and leaves him...

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