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Something for the Weekend (24-26 October 08)

Ibsen, comedy, Gaelic football and something about aliens and raving that Heather Smith will explain to you here

Published on October 23rd 2008.

Something for the Weekend (24-26 October 08)

Black humour
THIS weekend sees the introduction of the Merseyside's Black History Month Comedy Showcase over at the Contemporary Urban Centre.

The organisation, formerly 'Liverpool' Black History Month, works constantly to promote and celebrate the heritage and success from black and racial minority communities.

Ever-touring West London talent Glenda Jaxson (no not that one) tops the comedic bill; she is joined by Geoff Schuman, Prince Abdi, Wayne “Dibby” Rollins and former 90s TV presenter and MC pop star Richard Blackwood, who promises to have audiences laughing with him not at him (but we all remember 1,2,3,4 Get With The Wicked).

Black History Month Comedy Showcase @ the NOVAS Contemporary Urban Centre, Fri 24th Oct, 7.30pm, tickets £10, call 0151 708 3519

Gaelic football joy
As part of the Liverpool Irish Festival, sport fans are to be treated with a rare Gaelic footballing extravaganza in Greenbank Park, Wavertree, this Saturday afternoon.

The reigning Championship men, women and children will be competing but don’t put down your boots just yet as there’s also the opportunity to get stuck in to a match yourself.

Pre-dating soccer and rugby, the Medieval-born sport prides itself on being one of the oldest, most exciting games in the world. Don’t miss your chance to play with (or just watch) the best in the business.

Gaelic Football Exhibition Match @ Greenbank Park, Sat 25th Oct, 1pm, free

Alien Resonance
Sweat can usually be seen and sniffed trickling down the Zanzibar walls at an Alien Rez do. But this weekend they are moving out over the road to Nation, creating what they are calling the biggest, finest trance event ever seen in the north.

The move is in celebration of the event's 10th birthday which adds respected live acts such as Eat Static and Fearsome Engine to the psychedelic trance soundtrack of regular DJ’s Magoosa and Digital Daz.

It is the generations of ravers who turn up that make these events special; it is almost like a learning-from-the-elders environment whereby the hardcore hippies of the 1960s share the moment- and the odd illicit substance- with the trance-loving teens of today.

Alien @ Nation, Sat 25th Oct, 9pm-6am, tickets £12.50 from Zavvi in Liverpool One or £15 on the door

When We Dead Awaken
A dedicated artistic team have made it possible to present celebrated Scandinavian playwright, Henrik Ibsen’s final play, When We Dead Awaken, in Liverpool.

The plot focuses on a husband and wife who, despite being rich and successful, are far from content. Looking outside for further interest, the husband finds a model whie the wife finds a brutal hunter. It doesn’t look pretty.

The Unity Theatre has joined forces with Sweden’s Riksteatern and Vasterbottensteatern (especially for 2008 blah blah) to premier the show in the city before taking the production on tour to, you guessed, Sweden.

Be sure to catch this rarely performed play, which has been translated in to a new text by Michael Meyer, whilst you can.

When We Dead Awaken @ the Unity Theatre until Sat 1st Nov, 8pm, tickets £10, £8 concessions

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