Archive for the ‘Culture’ Category

Above is the finale of the the Everyman Finale night.

There is a great site which shows in real time the new theatre being built and which has lots of interviews and more. Visit it by clicking here.

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With any street, even a few yards of a street, stopping to pause, look at details reveals another level of the street’s life. The images in the slideshow are taken on Hope Street or in Arrad Street which runs behind and which contains the home of Liverpool Theatre Network. Sean writes:

Come gather round people wherever you roam and loan your ego to the brothers and sisters 

Who passionately find joy in the backstreets of Hope

Ladies and gentlemen this is Network theatre. 

Established in Orwells ’84’ fifty years after the birth of its ancestor ‘Merseyside Left theatre group’, Network was created after the closure of ‘Merseyside Unity Theatre ‘ and strives every Tuesday to continue encouragement, participation, performance and innovative theatrical writing for Liverpool.
See also the earlier post, Three Unities.

Looking towards the Knowledge Quarter

What is Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter? According to the prospectus which you can get as a pdf here :

Liverpool Knowledge Quarter stretches from the City’s Anglican Cathedral to the South, through the core facilities of Liverpool John

Moores University and University of Liverpool, taking in the Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool Science Park, Hope Street‘s cultural

offering and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine at its Northern fringe. The

Knowledge Quarter also reaches out to and includes John Moores University’s City campus on Byrom Street, an important gateway

to the city centre from north Liverpool where much of their science and technology research is based. The Quarter’s role as a centre

of learning is further enhanced by Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool Community College and Liverpool Institute for Performing

Arts (LIPA). Together these institutions house a concentration of expertise, knowledge and wealth creating potential, which we

believe is unrivalled in the UK.

We can add to those locations Copperas Hill, the old mail sorting office which is now to be developed by John Moores University.

The image above taken from the top of Hope Street shows how the new road surfaces and pavements have been continued towards the knowledge quarter. It’s well worth looking at the prospectus as it shows images of Hope Street itself, even street signs, certainly restauarants and bistros. The ambience of Hope Street being marketed here is seen as an important part of the  perceived ambience of  the Knowledge Quarter as a whole.

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Vivaldi and Jimi Hendrix! Sort of catches the spectrum of a great event. The video ends with the West Everton Super Strings. See our early post of the brilliant Harmony initiative to give all four year olds in West Everton tuition in stringed instruments.

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Some images from the great Hope Street Feast on 18th September. There was a marvellous range of foods, of course, and the atmosphere was wonderful as all ages enjoyed what seemed like never-ending entertainment. Songs, music, street theatre, dance and more than a touch of the surreal throughout the day. The Philharmonic Hall was open for children’s films, young people’s performing music and song, the Royal Philharmonic Choir, and performances from folk, to Chinese and Irish artists sharing their culture. Sole artists and duest performed songs at the Mount Street and Myrtle Street stages. The Masonic Hall was open for tours, as was the former Irish Centre, now sadly derelict. Local venues for smaller events included the Caledonia and the Hope Street Hotel.

You’ll get a taste of the day watching the short video which will be our next post.


We mark the end of the first phase of our Hope Street Chronicles project with this event. It has to be said that we haven’t  included even half of what we intended. We have an archive now of posts including pictures, stories, poems and histories waiting to be published when time permits (We only meet two hours a week). And there is more and more new stuff suggesting itself every week. It’s been fascinating, and a great learning process, to see how much thre is to be discovered from one street.

The annual Feast is full of food and drink as always plus much, much more. Visit the website here for a full ‘menu’ and a downloadable pdf programme.

Highlights include the West Everton Children’s Orchestra we featured as our first post!. The Phil itself is open for tours, as is the Masonic Hall and, of course, both cathedrals. Hope Street Hotel’s lounge is a venue. The old Irish Centre is open too: that alone is a great visit down memory lane. Theatre from Hope Street Limited who we referred to in our post about the Everyman are presenting

Hope Street Limited presents

Free Radical Follies

12pm – 4pm


This is Hope Street Limited’s fourth street theatre spectacular at the Hope Street Feast following on from the hilarious antics of ‘Market of Optimism’, ‘The Big Nosh’ and ‘Wealth & Hell Being’.

Hear your radical fortune, start your own campaign at Manifesto Ville and be sure not to leave without having an extreme makeover…

Children… Join the Minor’s Strike and protest against broccoli, sandpit closures and early bedtimes!

Everyone… Come and listen to some untruths in the Lie Inn or bargain for a bottle of free advice or a Mersey sound at the Almost Free Market.

‘Free Radical Follies’ is commissioned by Culture Liverpool and presented by a multitude of local professional artists and directed by Trevor Stuart and Helen Statman of world renowned street theatre company Cocoloco.

There is a rich programme of music, theatre, dance, comedy and much more on the day, far too much to list here so visit the website.

We’ll be there taking photographs and videoing so look out for posts in the coming two weeks.

One of the new attractions of Hope Street is the installation of a full sized multidemnsional model of the street. It’s located precisely upon the street itself. Unlike conventional models this one models real time and movement, thoughts, actions, minds and souls.

It was developed by artists from Peru, Bolivia and Lichenstein working in conjunction with the Arizona Institute of Complexity and Emergence. It employs techniques developed from quantum mechanics and biosemiotic communications.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, urban myths have already begun circling about the installataon (which runs from September 7 to 3 March, 2912, admission free). One of the most popular is that some people who have gone to view the model have disappeared and never been seen again, the claim being that they confused their virtual selves as encountered in the model with their real selves.

Not much we can add. A very small tribute and holder of memories.

Look forward to the new theatre’s opening. In the meantime we’ll be looking soon at the brilliant, though less generally wellknown, theatre work going on in  and near Hope Street such as Hope Street International Creation Centre and Liverpool Network Theatre

Something of a spoof perhaps from our Ged! How close to the ‘truth’ of tourism? Is Liverpool only known for its famous images – the Beatles, the ferries, the football, the waterfont, the scouse sense of humour? Do people just want to quickly see the famous places and move on quickly to ‘do’ another historical site or place associated with a famous person?


Do we glance in passing at history or stop and go deep? Adrian Henri wrote in his poem “I Want to Paint” the lines I want to paint…. Enormous paintings of every pavingstone in Canning Street. (Canning Street is in the Hope Street area or ‘quarter). Funnily enough, on Inspidered last year we did a ‘short history of pavements’!  There are infinite possibilities of ‘doing’ a history of Hope Street. We could present a formal. ‘touristy’ version, a straightforward history of the street’s development, concentrate on the residents, orexamine the pavements of Hope Street as a ‘way in’ to its history. Actually, we shall be mentioning pavements in the near future. The £2 million plus refurbishment of the street’s pavements is of historical significance.

3 Gambier Terrace

Posted: August 24, 2011 in Culture
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Beatnik Horror!


In 1960 The People ran a feature entitled Beatnik Horror detailing the decadent lifestyles of the bohemians around Liverpool 8, here specifically Gambier Terrace once a dwelling place of John Lennon. Lennon may be the character with his back to us. The bearded Alan (Allen) Williams, the first manager of the Beatles is clearly visible. Notice that Gerry and the Pacemakers top the bill in the poster on the wall.

Beatniks were imported from America, associated with the Beat writers, poets and scene (Kerouac and others), named Beat-nik in ironic tribute to the USSR’s Sputnik which beat the Americans into space.

Gambier Terrace, Hope Street, today