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Today's date - Tuesday 2 September 2014

Wed 20 August to Wed 5 November - Greek Theatre Workshops - Burjesta Theatre

'The Origins of Drama' - 2500 years ago theatre left behind its religious roots and took its first steps to create the dramatic forms we possess today, producing some of the most dramatic stories the world has ever seen...
 
Course Brief: A 12-week course of workshops dedicated to exploring Classical Greek Theatre. Please note that these are acting workshops and not academic studies. All attendees will be expected to take part in the acting.
 
Times and Location: Begins Wednesday 20th August, 7pm @ The Casa, Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BQ. Each Wednesday thereafter until 5th November. Each workshops costs 3/2 and is a stand-alone session. No requirement to attend each workshop. No prior acting experience or knowledge of Greek Theatre is required to attend.
 
Background to the Course:
 
The environment for theatre to prosper in was the nascent democratic state of Athens which was witness to a scientific, political, philosophical and cultural revolution the likes of which had never been seen before.
 
From such fertile soil sprang the four giants of theatre: AESCHYLUS, the Father of Tragedy"; SOPHOCLES, the most perfect of dramatists"; EURIPIDES, the most tragic of tragedians" and the comic writer ARISTOPHANES.
 
We'll be looking at the major works of these dramatists - OEDIPUS REX, the greatest detective story ever told" of a man fated to kill his father and sleep with his mother; MEDEA, who takes the ultimate revenge on her lover, slaying their two young children; LYSISTRATA, with the women of Sparta and Athens undertaking a sex strike" to bring about peace between the men of their warring nations. We'll also be looking in depth at the myth of the House of Atreus" in THE ORESTIA" which shows a civilization unburdening itself from its barbaric past.
 
Throughout the course, and using examples from the drama, we'll turn our attention to some of the themes surrounding the dramatic output. We'll look at the social and political environment with pro- and anti- democratic factions within Athenian society.
 
We'll see how the two great wars which framed Athenian Theatre both influenced that theatre and were also reflected in the subject matter of the playwrights - running roughly from 500 BC to 480 BC Athens in alliance with other Greek city states fought and successfully defeated the Persian Empire, whereas from roughly 430 BC to 400 BC Athens was engaged in a grueling war with Sparta, to which she eventually succumbed.
 
A further theme will be the position of women in Athenian society, how they were represented in drama with both misogynistic and more progressive "feminist" portrayals shown on stage.
 
We'll be looking at the 'stylistics' of Greek Theatre, with the action" never shown on stage but described by one of the characters, a messenger or the Chorus and how tension was created by the audience's prior knowledge of the myths which the playwrights used as the material from which to fashion their dramas.
 
And finally we'll be taking an in depth look at that most dynamic of factors within Greek Theatre, the Chorus, which started off with 50 or so members but gradually over time lost its supremacy at the core of the drama. We'll be exploring what created this dynamism", what lead to its decline and ways to rejuvenate theatre with the use of a modern Chorus.
 
The course will lead into auditions for a production of Medea" in 2015. Auditions will be closed and available only to actors who have attended at least some of the workshops.
 
So come along and join us as we begin an extensive exploration of Greek theatre throughout the Autumn - All welcome!!

7pm - The Casa, Hope Street, Liverpool - location map

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

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Tue 2 September - Mindfulness and Meditaion

Mindfulness and Meditation Every Tuesday @ 4pm Come over and chill 5 per person

4pm - Old Police Centre Lark lane - location map

Telephone: 07514005786
Email: Lindagoulden@yahoo.co.uk

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Tue 2 September - 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.

Workshops now take place at 13 A Hope Street. The entrance to the building is from the back, via Arrad Street at the back of Everyman Theatre. This is the road next to the Casa pub. Please ring the bell, there is a porter letting people in. It may get cold there, so bring a fleece!

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 - 13a Hope Street,Liverpool City Centre (the entrance is from the back, via Arrad St)
Telephone: 0151 733 9606
Email: liverpoolnetworktheatre@googlemail.com
Website: www.liverpoolnetworktheatre.org.uk

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Tue 2 September - 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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Wed 3 September - 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 4 September - Meditation Drop-in Classes

Meditation Drop-in Classes Every Thursday When we meditate we learn to be aware in the present moment and to develop positive feelings. Over time, mindfulness meditation can bring about a gentle but radical transformation. The classes are suitable for all levels of experience and are accessible to newcomers who will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of meditation. No need to book just arrive a few minutes in advance to allow time to settle your thoughts before we begin the meditation. A donation of 6 (concessions 3)is suggested for the evening See our Facebook page liverpoolbuddhistcentre

7.00 to 9.00 - 66 Rodney Street Liverpool - location map

Email: buddhashanti@supanet.com
Website: www.liverpoolbuddhistcentre.co.uk

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Thu 4 September - Liverpool Rise For Palestine

Liverpool Rise For Palestine and the Liverpool Radical Film Festival have come together to deliver this event that will see them screen two of Mohammad al-Azza’s short films ‘Just A Child’ and ‘Everyday Nakba’. Mohammad al-Azza will also be available to answer questions via Skype at the event. Free event.

19:00 - The Greenhouse Project, Lodge Lane - location map

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Sat 6 September - Granby Four Streets Community Market

The ever popular community market will be held on the first Saturday of every month until September. Arts and crafts, second hand clothes, bric-a-brac and much more. Home baked bread and cakes, chutneys and jams, delicious hot food and a great atmosphere. This time we will have an arts and crafts workshop for children.

10.30 am - 3.00 pm - Cairns St, off Granby Street - location map

Telephone: 0151 726 9379
Email: granby4streetsmarket@hotmail.co.uk
Website: 37 Beaconsfield St

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Sat 6 September - 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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Sat 6 September - MERSEYSIDE LGBT BOOK GROUP, AGED 18 PLUS

Regular, roughly monthly Book Group; always on Saturdays in Caffe Nero, Central Station end of Bold Street, Liverpool Centre. This month's book is "Will Grayson, Will Grayson", a feelgood tale of gay and straight love by co-authors John Green and David Levithan. No commitment beyond ur first meeting necessary; u can just have a taster. We are friendly and welcoming:) We meet upstairs(about 20 stairs; no lift); you will see us if you turn sharp right at the top of stairs-with books and kindles. FREE event; only a soft/hot drink purchase needed!

12.00-14.00 - Caffe Nero, Bold Street, Liverpool - location map

Email: stev_arts@yahoo.co.uk

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Sun 7 September - MERSEYSIDE LGBT(AGED 18 +)SUNDAY DAYTIME SOCIAL

Our second daytime Sunday Social meeting(11 people at last one!all ages, over 18). One of four regular meetings by MERSEYSIDE LGBT(they are always listed on this noticeboard). Its a chance to make potential friends and generally socialise in a welcoming, friendly group. All lgbt, over 18, welcome:) We are back at the "Garden" café in "Fact", Wood St, parallel to Bold St, Liverpool. If u come in the front door walk to back: u will see us at the right of the café; if u come in the back, turn sharp left! Breakfast/lunch or just hot/cold drinks, and cake! veggie choices available. Please arrive before 1 pm.

11.30-13.30 - "Garden" cafe, "Fact", Wood Street, Liverpool - location map

Email: stev_arts@yahoo.co.uk

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Sun 7 September - 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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Thu 11 September - WEA course: Introduction to Permaculture

This two-day WEA course (11th & 18th September) gives an insight into this inspiring approach to sustainable living and offers practical examples of what can be achieved in urban areas. Permaculture involves observing and learning from nature and applying these lessons to build fair and sustainable communities. Whether you are aiming to grow some of your own food, design a community garden or renovate a building using local materials, the principles of permaculture can guide you in your journey towards a sustainable lifestyle. Inspiring, informative and interactive, the course will equip you with an understanding of the fundamentals of permaculture and how to apply them to your daily life. £21.45 or free to eligible students e.g. if you are in receipt of income-related benefits (please check). ENROLMENT ESSENTIAL - please phone WEA on 0151 243 5340 or enrol online at: https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online/coursesearch.aspx and search using the course reference C3836671.

9.30 - 4pm - SAFE Productions, St Mary's Complex, Waverley St, Bootle, L20 4AP (full disabled access) - location map

Telephone: 0151 243 5340
Email: jo-wea@hotmail.co.uk
Website: http://www.nw.wea.org.uk/

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Mon 15 September - Spiritual Awakening and a World in Need

This is a talk by psychologist and spiritual teacher Steve Taylor. Spiritual awakening means transcending our sense of separateness, perceiving the world around us with heightened awareness and realising the essential sameness and oneness of all human beings, beyond ethnic or cultural identity. Steve Taylor suggests that a lack of spiritual awareness is the main reason why the world is so full of discord - why human beings find it so difficult to live in harmony with themselves, with others and with nature. Our sense of separateness and the ‘psychological discord’ which fills our minds are the root cause of dysfunctional behaviour, both as individuals and as a species. Warfare, social oppression and environmental destruction can be seen as manifestations of this. However, Steve suggests that this discord is only superficial, that our essential nature is one of harmony and well-being, and that it is possible for us to heal the superficial discord and gain permanent access to our inner harmony. (He will include one or two meditative exercises to illustrate this.) This shift from discord to harmony is equivalent to spiritual awakening, and when we undergo this shift we feel a new sense of connection and a new ‘sacralised’ awareness which transforms our relationship to other human beings, other living beings and the world itself. Dr. Steve Taylor is senior lecturer in psychology at Leeds Metropolitan University, and the author of several books on spirituality and psychology, including The Fall, Waking from Sleep, and Back to Sanity. Eckhart Tolle has described his work as “an important contribution to the global shift in consciousness.” He was recently included in Mind, Body, Spirit magazine’s list of the “100 most spiritually influential living people.”

18.15 - St Brides Church - location map

Website: http://www.stbridesliverpool.co.uk/

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Tue 16 September - 'Muddied Waters - 1st World War Reflected in the Arts

Mikyla Durkan of Burjesta Theatre will be running this 11 week course looking at theatre, cinema, literature, poetry and painting from artists during 1914 to 1918 and how war was depicted by them The course will include a performance element which is optional. Enrol on line at website address below and adding the course code C3836667 or by telephoning 0151 243 5340 Course costs £36.30 or is free to those eligible

7pm - The Casa, Hope Street, Liverpool - location map

Telephone: 0151 243 5340
Email: northwest@wea.org.uk
Website: www.nw.wea.org.uk

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Wed 17 September - 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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Thu 18 September - Plant Sale at the Dunningsbridge

Autumn Plant Sale Come along to see the variety of perennials and shrubs that we have grown. The students at the Dunningsbridge, who have learning difficulties, have enjoyed gardening this summer. Help them to raise funds towards continuing their work next year. Raffle, tea and scones, fabric workshop goods and woodwork creations for sale also.

1.30-3.30pm - The Dunningsbridge Centre, 156 Park Lane, Netherton, Liverpool - location map

Telephone: 0151-525-6686
Email: pauline.gillett@ndirections.co.uk
Website: www.ndirections.co.uk

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Sat 20 September - Short Course for Serious Readers: Read to Re-charge

Short Course for Serious Readers: Read to Re-charge Saturday 20th September, 10am-4pm Calderstones Mansion House, Liverpool Cost: £30 (£15 concessions) The summer holidays may feel a million miles away, but there's always a haven for you to retreat here at Calderstones! Sink into the luxury of a day of reading for pleasure, reading for relaxation, reading for you! The perfect opportunity to re-charge your batteries, and return better to face all that your busy life brings your way.

10am - 4pm - Calderstones Mansion House, Calderstones Park, Liverpool L18 - location map

Telephone: 0151 724 5000
Email: emilycrawford@thereader.org.uk
Website: http://www.thereader.org.uk

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Wed 24 September - Lancashire Womens Book Group

We are a group of lesbian women who meet on the last Wednesday of each month in Lancashire, the venue varies. You can get further information about the group and the books we read by visiting our web site.

6.45pm - please email Gloria@lancashirewomensbookgroup for further information
Website: www.lancashirewomensbookgroup.co.uk

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Sat 27 September to Sat 15 November - Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

MBSR is an original 9 session group programme taught in hospitals, prisons, schools, work place and in a variety of community settings with over 30 years of research evidence supporting mental and physical recovery & maintenance of wellbeing.

10am to 5pm - Liverpool Quaker Meeting Rooms Liverpool - location map

Telephone: 07786369682
Email: frances@compassionfield.com
Website: www.compassionfield.com

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Tue 30 September - 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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Sat 14 February to Sun 15 February - UK Baby & Toddler Show

Returning to the Echo Arena, Liverpool on 14-15 February 2015, St. Valentines Day has never been so special. UK Baby & Toddler Show is the one stop pregnancy and parenting shop for all parents and parents to be. Whether you are a new parent or extending your family circle, UK Baby & Toddler Show offers exceptional advice, support, mega shopping opportunities and a fun day out for all the family. Expect only the best at UK Baby & Toddler Show with up to 150 local, regional and national exhibitors showcasing their specialist products and services across the whole baby and toddler market. Key features across the two days will include Liverpool Women’s Hospital Advice Centre, product demonstrations for parents to be and new mums and valuable seminar sessions offering only the best advise. Various competitions will be taking place, including the return of Tots Next Top Model and the Family Fun Activities for the whole family to enjoy. We believe that the first few years of a child’s life are fundamentally significant. Evidence confirms that these early years do indeed position and set up our children’s future development, as well as influence how well children do at school, their ongoing health and well-being and their achievements later in life. The UK Baby & Toddler Show has been created to entirely assist parents; so whether you are pregnant, or a new parent or have pre-school children; we invite you to visit what is set to be a spectacular show fulfilling all of your essential parenting needs.

10am-4pm - Liverpool Echo Arena - location map

Telephone: 01517094034
Email: info@ukbabyandtoddlershow.co.uk
Website: www.ukbabyandtoddlershow.co.uk

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