CONTACT AND 20 STORIES HIGH CO-PRODUCTION
EXPLORING ABORTION BRINGS REAL EXPERIENCES
INTO THE OPEN AS PART OF BBC TWO PERFORMANCE
Following hit success in on stage at Contact in Manchester, the Contact and 20 Stories
High co-production “I told my mum I was going on an R.E. trip…” was broadcast on BBC
Two on 20th January as part of the Performance Live strand of programmes.
“I told my Mum I was going on an R.E. trip…” is a frank drama told through the voices of four
young female performers, based on interview material gathered from over 50 different people;
including young women who have had abortions, young parents, health professionals and
campaigners. These stories are interwoven with song and spoken word to portray the real
experiences of these women.
The show deals with challenging themes but filmed on the 50th anniversary of the legalisation of
abortion in Britain, writer Julia Samuels explores the way in which society treats this subject and
how this impacts on women today. And importantly asks what would happen if we started to talk openly about it.
CONTACT AND 20 STORIES HIGH CO-PRODUCTION
Hope Street Ltd is delighted to have been commissioned to produce an immersive theatre experience for children to form part of the schools’ programme cultural offer.
“The Rise of the Warriors” went into its development phase during November and boasts a largely Liverpool company of lead artists, the majority of whom have worked with several COoL members over the years.
Opening 9 February to 28 October 2018, China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors exhibition at World Museum features more than 180 spectacular artefacts from museums across Shaanxi Province, more than half of which have never been on show in the UK before.
This landmark exhibition tells the story of the formative years of the Chinese nation, from the pre-unification Qin Kings, to China’s First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang’s rise to power and the legacy of his achievements in the succeeding Han Dynasty.
We know you’re been waiting and we are so excited about it nearly being here! With 60 events (30 involving music!), almost 30 venues, 50+ partners and over 100 artists taking part, LivIrishFest 2017 is going to be awesome! All tickets are on sale now you can get to all the events here.
Tickets to the launch – involving opening speeches, a slice of (15th birthday) cake and the story of the festival from our Chair, John Chandler – are also available; just sign up here. Specific events we would like to draw your attention to include:
- In:Visible Women – Fri 27 Oct, Central Library
- Visible Women: Powerful women in music Ft. Ailbhe Reddy – Fri 27 Oct – Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room
- Family Day – Sat 28 Oct, Museum of Liverpool
- Family Ceili and Liverpool Comhaltas 60th celebrations – Sun 29 Oct, Liverpool Irish Centre.
You can find out about these and more, here. These 4 events are show-pieces that truly reflect the nature of the work we believe the festival is set up to do, including:
- progressing new thinking
- showcasing excellence and talent
- engaging in local interest and
- supporting and working with the community.
Each has limited availability for certain aspects (i.e., a couple fo the sessions at the Family Day), so we urge you to get your tickets booked a.s.a.p to ensure you don’t miss out!
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Jeremy Corbyn visited COoL organisation Pagoda Arts where he watched the Chinese Youth Orchestra play, drank tea and even had a go himself after brief lessons from musician Charlie Wardle. He was welcomed by Zilan Liao and introduced to many people from the community. Another COoL organisation First Take filmed the visit and you can see highlights here – https://vimeo.com/232688928
COoL member First Take is celebrating after receiving nearly £155,000 of National Lottery funding from the Big Lottery Fund
This Liverpool-based group use screenwriting, filmmaking and acting as tools to empower people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. The new grant will fund a three-year project ‘Reel Recovery’ where people write, film and produce ten short films and in the third year a feature length film!
Lynne Harwood, a director at First Take explains the value of the work: “Making films is such an amazing and empowering thing to do. We worked with a group of people from the recovery community in 2015 and created five short films. It was a brilliant project and at the end of it people wanted more, which is why we made this application and devised it around what people wanted. Liverpool City Council supports First Take, which was invaluable in making the bid. It’s going to be a fantastic three years and we can’t wait to get started.”
First Take works collaboratively with recovery organisations across Liverpool who signpost people onto the project once they are abstinent. Michelle Johnston previously benefitted from the programme and is now a member of the steering group. She said, “Working with First Take stopped me being isolated, gave structure to my week and being involved in making a film was very rewarding. The last film we made with First Take I played Carol, a homeless woman who was an alcoholic and the film was ‘Christmas Carol’ and it was selected for International Film Festivals and did really well. Coming up with ideas, writing and making films is really special. First Take is an organisation that encourages all your artistic talents and brings out the best in people.”
During the third year of the project a Reel Recovery Production Company and an online Channel will be set up to enable the project to be sustainable and the group to continue to make films. For information about the project and screenings of the films visit www.firsttake.org.uk