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Today's date - Friday 31 October 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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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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Sat 1 November - 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 1 November - 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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Sun 2 November - 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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Sun 2 November - 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 Dunstan - location map

Email: lgbtchoirliverpool@live.co.uk
Website: www.lgbtchoirliverpool.co.uk

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Mon 3 November - 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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Wed 5 November - 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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Fri 14 November to Sat 22 November - All Quiet on the Western Front - Burjesta Theatre

Erich Maria Remarque's classic anti-war novel brought to the stage. Europe 1914. The outbreak of hostilities begins World War I. Paul Baumer and his school mates enlist in the German army and soon find themselves alongside millions of others fighting on the Western Front. None could have imagined the horrors they are to experience... And none of them will return home quite the same... The Casa, Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BQ Performance Dates - November - Friday 14th, Saturday 15th, Monday 17th, Wednesday 19th and Saturday 22nd, 7.30pm, Adults only. Tickets £7/£5 - To reserve tickets phone 07913 449396 or pay on the door. We are also showcasing local artists, photographers, painters, work relating to World War I in The Casa for the duration of the shows. * Please note their will be a Q & A session after the performance of Monday 17th with participation of war veterans from Tom Harrison House as well as the director and adapter of the play. For further information - Facebook - Burjesta Theatre Twitter - burjesta

7.30pm - 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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Wed 19 November - 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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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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