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Today's date - Thursday 30 March 2017

Mon 27 March to Fri 31 March - 'Shakespeare: War Play' - Burjesta Theatre

'They smile at me that shortly shall be dead...'
 
Burjesta Theatre presents - Shakespeare: War Play
 
150 years of dramatic English history (1340 to 1485) - the Hundred Years War in France & the War of the Roses on English soil.
 
Adapted entirely from the text of Shakespeare's History Plays (Edward III, Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, Henry V, Henry VI Parts, 1, 2 & 3 and Richard III) and woven into an epic tale of warfare, power and destruction.
 
The Black Prince Edward, the comic knight Falstaff, French resistance fighter Joan of Arc, Margaret of Anjou the Warrior Queen and that personification of evil, Richard the Crookback - just some of the many characters who flit across the pages of history in this movable feast.
 
No one in the history of drama has shown a greater understanding of power politics and its extension into outright warfare than Shakespeare. Whether shown from the perspective of the nobility or the common man, his was a profound and panoramic view.
 
Parallel after parallel suggests itself to the modern world, whether its the Archbishop of Canterbury finding spurious grounds for Henry V's 'just war' against France; Imperialism dressed up as peace-keeping by the Black Prince; pitiful French refugees fleeing approaching war, war crimes committed against non-combatants or the fight between patriotism and the desire for self-preservation and the pathos of the loss of loved ones, its all to be found in Shakespeare.
 
The Casa, 29 Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BQ
 
Monday 27th, Tuesday 28th, Wednesday 29th* & Friday 31st March.
 
Shows starts 7.30pm and tickets cost £8/£6
 
You can reserve on 07913 449 396 or pay on the door.
 
* There will be a Q & A with cast and production team members immediately following the show on Wednesday 29th.
 
Regards
Burjesta

7.30pm - The Casa, Hope Street, Liverpool - location map

Telephone: 07913449396
Email: www.burjesta-theatre.co.uk
Website: info@burjesta-theatre.co.uk

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Sat 1 April - Storytelling @ The Bluecoat

Regular tuition in the art of storytelling - Saturdays @ The Bluecoat. Tell stories and learn techniques for remembering or enhancing stories. Ideal for building confidence in acting and public speaking or just for the pure enjoyment of story.

10am-1pm - The Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool - location map

Telephone: 07930450829
Email: info@liverpoolstorytelling.co.uk
Website: www.liverpoolstorytelling.co.uk

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Sat 1 April - Liverpool Friends of Palestine Vigil

Liverpool Friends of Palestine will be holding their monthly vigil on the steps of St Luke's Church (the bombed -out church at the top of Bold Street). Vigils held on the first Saturday of every month.

12pm till 2pm - Steps of St Lukes (bombed out) Church, Hardman St, Liverpool city centre - location map

Email: rosemary@lfop.fsnet.co.uk

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Sun 2 April - Liverpool LGBT Singers

Do you enjoy singing? We are a mixed group of singers of all ages who meet every Sunday evening. We sing everything from pop to showtunes to ballads. No audition necessary, just come along and join in the fun! We have free rehearsal space at St Stephen with St Catherine's Church, Crown Street, Liverpool (near the Women's Hospital). Fully accessible building. Turn up at 6pm for a cuppa and a biccie and rehearsal 6-30 to 8-30pm. Over 16s only.

6.30pm till 8.30pm - St Stephen with St Catherine
Email: lgbtchoirliverpool@live.co.uk
Website: www.lgbtchoirliverpool.co.uk

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Sun 2 April - Sufi Spiritual Meditation

Sufi zikr - a traditional spiritual meditation practice. Weekly on Sundays 3-4.50pm. Ours is a seated type of zikr. Maybe bring a cushion to sit on. All people welcome (you can also bring small children) - all questions welcome, always free of charge. Free tea and biscuits too! Please visit the website or email for more info'.

3-4.50pm - Liverpool Central Library (top floor meeting room) - location map

Email: info@liverpoolzikr.com
Website: www.liverpoolzikr.com

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Sun 2 April - FOR FOLK SAKE Folk and Acoustic Showcase.

FOR FOLK SAKE is a monthly showcase of wonderful local folk and acoustic acts. The event is on the first Sunday of every month and is absolutely free.

7.30pm - Bumper, 14-18 Hardman Street. - location map

Email: folk.at.bumper@gmail.com

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Mon 3 April - Come Strut Your Stuff - open floor poetry and acoustic music

Come Strut Your Stuff - open floor poetry and acoustic music on the first Monday of every month at the Egg Cafe! (or on second Monday of the month when the first Monday clashes with a Bank Holiday).

All performers and listeners welcome. First time readers and performers encouraged. The Cafe normally gets very busy, so avoid disappointment by arriving early to claim a seat and a performance slot.

Hosted by Tony Kehoe and Dave Harley.

8pm - The Egg Cafe, 2nd Floor, 16-18 Newington, Liverpool City Centre - location map

Email: info@comestrutyourstuff.co.uk
Website: www.comestrutyourstuff.co.uk

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Tue 4 April - Meeting of Liverpool Holistic Circle

Liverpool Holistic Circle is a forum for sharing and increasing knowledge of all things holistic.

The group is almost unique: there is no membership, no enrolment and no commitments. Just turn up on any Tuesday evening and join in with the information, inspiration, fun, sharing, tea and biscuits.

There is no formal membership, but to cover costs we request a donation of �4.00 per meeting attended.

Our weekly Tuesday meetings cover a huge range of subjects relating to complementary therapies, holism and spirituality. All like-minded people are welcome to come to join us, either regularly or as a one-off.

See website for details of the weekly talks, events, and activities.

7.30pm - The Rosicrucian Chapter, 19, Dovedale Road, Liverpool - location map

Email: mail@liverpool-holistic-circle.org
Website: www.liverpool-holistic-circle.org

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Tue 4 April - Liverpool Network Theatre Group - weekly workshop

Our ongoing weekly workshops are open to all. We share skills, try out new ideas, and most of all have fun!

Network workshops are held every week, including half term and summer breaks.

Please feel free to come along to any workshops, whatever amount of experience you have, from beginner to drama student to professional!

They are usually self contained in theme, so you don't need to wait until the end of a series to join. Also they continue alongside performance rehearsals, which occur on a different night.

Each workshop has a different theme, and are usually led by experienced workshop leaders or interested members of the group. Occasionally we have visiting workshop leaders to bring in different skills. Any member of Network is also welcome to lead workshops, following discussing their plans with the group and workshop organisers.

Members take it in turns to run workshops, on a range of practical skills, drama games and exercises, themes and plays. For information call 0151 733 9606.

We also have a play reading group who meet regularly to discuss ideas for new plays, on a separate evening to the workshops.

The start time is 7pm, running until 9pm.

Since we will now need to pay venue hire, we have agreed to charge �1.00 per person per workshop. Those who can afford to pay more are invited to do so.We can make special arrangements for those who cannot afford this.

If you decide to join Network there is a yearly subscription fee of �5 waged, �3 unwaged.

Why not come along? Non members also welcome.

7 pm till 9pm - 4th Floor of 76-78 Lord Street Liverpool L2 1TL. (the entrance is between McDonalds and Specsavers)
Telephone: 0151 733 9606
Email: liverpoolnetworktheatre@googlemail.com
Website: www.liverpoolnetworktheatre.org.uk

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Wed 5 April - 'Refugee' - a devised play

'Refugee' - a devised collaborative play - Potentially Brilliant Productions The Casa, Hope St, Liverpool, L1 9BQ, 8pm, 5th April 'Everyone at least should have somewhere to go' Potentially Brilliant Productions presents a one hour drama 'Refugee' which looks at the current predicaments of refugees caught up in complex international politics, militarism and exploitation, connecting these fluxes to the personal lives of people trying to survive. Using some of the stylistics of Greek Theatre - the Chorus, Messenger as Storyteller etc combined with first hand experience of participants, one of whom worked as an aid worker at 'the Jungle' in Calais we hope to offer a piece of theatre that questions, has empathy and makes people more aware of the current plight of refugees throughout the world, but particularly focused on Britain. The performance will be immediately followed by a Q & A with cast members and the director. Tickets cost £5 and the performance is adult only Reserve tickets by phoning or texting 07590 458 297 or pay on the door.

8pm - The Casa, Hope Street, Liverpool - location map

Telephone: 07590458297
Email: info@potentially-brilliant.co.uk
Website: www.potentially-brilliant.co.uk

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Wed 5 April - Liverpool Friends of Palestine Monthly Meeting

Monthly meeting of Liverpool Friends of Palestine. (Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month.) All welcome.

7.30pm - 2nd Floor (Methodists) above News From Nowhere 96 Bold St Liverpool - location map

Website: http://liverpoolfriendsofpalestine.co.uk/

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Thu 6 April to Sat 8 April - The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde

Woolton Drama Group and Thingwall Players are proud to present a joint production of 'The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr Hyde.' Dr Henry Jekyll is a brilliant scientist frustrated by his dull, respectable life in 1888 Victorian London. He creates a formula to unleash his inner nature, transforming him into the brutish but oddly compassionate Edward Hyde. Hyde lives the high life while Jekyll's middle-aged normalcy continues - until Hyde's passions begin to turn up a body count. A science-fiction thriller adapted by Noah Smith from the classic novella by Robert Louis Stevenson.

7.30pm - Thingwall Community Centre, 149 Thingwall Road - location map

Website: www.wegottickets.com/f/10745

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Mon 10 April - Gerry Potter: The Story Chair

The highly acclaimed poet performs new work and poems form his latest collection, The Story Chair. "A word-class poet at the height of his powers" - Jo Bell With special guests Dave Viney and Steph Pike. 7.30pm (doors open 7pm), free entry. Adult poetry / LGBT+ Presented by Flapjack Press: exploring the synergy between performance and the page.

7pm - The Castle, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester - location map

Website: www.flapjackpress.co.uk

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Wed 19 April - Liverpool Friends of the Earth meeting

Friendly, informal meeting of Liverpool's local Friends of the Earth group. Past campaigns have included local regeneration, climate change and transport. Open to all!

We meet on the third Wednesday of every month.

6.30pm till 8pm - DoES Liverpool, Unit 3, Floor 4, Gostins Building, 32-36 Hanover Street, Liverpool - location map

Telephone: 07733 310667
Email: Michael@liverpoolfoe.org.uk
Website: www.liverpoolfoe.org.uk

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Tue 25 April - Liverpool Womens LGBT Book Group

Our members are of all ages and the book group is open to all LGBT women who love to read, wherever you sit on the rainbow. Discussions are friendly and informal. We meet on the last Tuesday of every month at 7:30pm in Dr Duncan's Pub (St. John's Lane, L1 1HF)in Liverpool City Centre. If you like chatting about books and want to meet new people, come along and join us! Check out our website to see what we're reading this month or find us on Facebook.

19:30 - Dr Duncans Pub, Liverpool city centre - location map

Website: www.liverpoolbookgroup.moonfruit.com

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Thu 27 April - Cartoonist Kate Evans on

Cartoonist, and author of bestselling graphic novel Red Rosa, Kate Evans will be giving a guest lecture on 'Threads from the Refugee Crisis' at 4.30pm, Thursday 27 April 2017. The lecture will be followed by a reception.
 
Kate Evans shows an exclusive preview from her forthcoming graphic novel about the Calais Jungle. Wry, humorous, shocking and compelling, Evans's work shines a spotlight on the great humanitarian catastrophe of our times and makes a compelling case for its solution: the free movement of people across borders.
 
The lecture is organised by the Critical Approaches to International Criminal Law research cluster. For further information contact the Director of the cluster, Dr Christine Schwobel-Patel, C.Schwobel@liverpool.ac.uk

4.30pm - Hearnshaw Lecture Theatre, Eleanor Rathbone Building, University of Liverpool - location map

Email: C.Schwobel@liverpool.ac.uk

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Sat 29 April - Womens Night at the Star (Bolton)

This group has been set up for women to meet other women and socialise in a friendly relaxed atmosphere. The group meets on the last Saturday of every month at the Star on Bow Street in Bolton. It would be great to see you. We meet at 9pm and the venue is open until the early hours if you wish to stay that long.

21.00 - Star and Garter, Bolton - location map

Website: http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/174727582621502/?bookmark_

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Sat 6 May - Henry Normal - Travelling Second Class Through Hope

Book launch for the new poetry collection from Henry Normal.
 
Travelling Second Class Through Hope contains seventy poems personally selected from his early works.
 
Author performance and signing. 6-8pm (doors open 5.30pm), free entry. With guests Geneviève L. Walsh and Marvin Cheeseman.
 
Published by Flapjack Press.
 
Better known as co-writer of award-winning TV shows and films as The Royle Family, The Mrs Merton Show, The Parole Officer, Coogan's Run and Paul Calf, and producer of, amongst many others, Oscar-nominated Philomena, Gavin and Stacey, Moone Boy, Uncle and Alan Partridge, Henry Normal started his writing career as a poet.
 
Born in Nottingham, Henry's writing career blossomed during his time in Manchester. He set up the Manchester Poetry Festival in the nineties, which continues to this day having widened to become the Manchester Literature Festival. In 2016 he set up the Nottingham Poetry Festival, now an annual event.

6.00pm - Manchester Central Library, St Peter - location map

Email: mail@flapjackpress.co.uk
Website: www.flapjackpress.co.uk

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Sun 7 May - Liverpool String Quartet | An Afternoon at the Movies

If you love film music, then "an Afternoon at the Movies" is the concert for you! Join the Liverpool String Quartet to celebrate film music. An event for all the family. The LSQ will perform excellent arrangements of film classics, from Psycho by Bernard Herrmann, thePink Panther, and Moon River composed by Henry Mancini, to music from The Jungle Book and the Love Theme from Superman. Programme to include Psycho Suite - B. Hermann Pink Panther - H. Mancini Moon River - H. Mancini Superman's Love Theme - J. Williams The Jungle Book - Terry Gilkyson Music from James Bond films Cantina Bar from Star Wars - J. Williams Music from "The Late Quartet" film CONCERT STARTS AT 3.00pm AND FINISHES AROUND 4.45pm The Nordic Church Kitchen Cafe will serve tea/coffee, cake and soft drinks from 2.00pm. £10 Adults | £6 Students | FREE under 12yo

3.00pm - Nordic Church and Cultural Centre - location map

Telephone: 07969475673
Email: tickets@liverpoolstringquartet.com
Website: www.liverpoolstringquartet.com

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Fri 26 May to Sat 3 June - Physical Fest Workshop Programme

8 days of movement, clown & mask workshops from world renowned practitioners including; Thom Monckton, Peta Lily, John Wight, Sean Kempton & Vini Carvalho. Physical Fest is an annual International physical theatre festival in Liverpool, hosting workshops, street theatre & performance. SPECIAL EARLYBIRD OFFER- All 8 days for £280 before April 1st!

various - the Bluecoat - location map

Telephone: 07813 301517
Email: elinor@tmesistheatre.com
Website: http://www.physicalfest.com/workshops/

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