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20 Stories High on the Beeb!

CONTACT AND 20 STORIES HIGH CO-PRODUCTION
EXPLORING ABORTION BRINGS REAL EXPERIENCES
INTO THE OPEN AS PART OF BBC TWO PERFORMANCE
LIVE.
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.

iPlayer link    https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09pqvxl/performance-live-i-told-my-mum-i-was-going-on-an-re-trip/,

www.20storieshigh.org.uk

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Liverpool Irish Festival 2017 is almost here!

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:

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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A Surprise Visitor visits a COoL Organisation

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

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