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Something for the weekend (14-16 March, 08)

Dancing, prancing...maybe even romancing in Ben's pick of things to do this weekend

Published on March 14th 2008.


Something for the weekend (14-16 March, 08)

The Long Walk
Four years ago, on February 5, 23 illegal Chinese immigrant workers died collecting cockles inwhat became known as the Morecambe Bay tragedy. They were cut off by the incoming tide as they worked for gangmasters, for a pittance.

The Long Walk is a musical response to the tragedy, a commission by the Culture Company to More Music's Pete Moser and poet Lemn Sissay

Act one of The Long Walk will quite literally takes you on a journey, travelling by coach to four secret destinations in different parts of the city. Act Two takes on a musical element with over 100 musicians and vocalists congregating at The Great Hall, Cornerstone Theatre, Hope University, where the journey first begins. The project will feature hundreds of people from the North West and China playing a range of musical styles, from classical to rock, choral to drum and bass, acoustic to heavy metal. The Long Walk will be set against a dramatic backdrop of evocative digitally projected images by Dinu Li and takes the audience on a powerful and sensory journey through people's lives and across continents.

This is an exclusive opportunity to hear some brilliant musicians whilst paying tribute to the people who lost their lives.

The Long Walk, The Great Hall at Cornerstone Theatre, Haigh Street
Friday 14 and Saturday 15 March
7:30pm
£10/£5
Tickets: Call the Philharmonic Hall 0151 709 3789

Diamonds are forever
'Diamonds' is a four-part work by Liverpool-born composer Tommy Moss, and the highlight of evening showcasing the best in today's brass band music.

Tommy, or Tom as he is now known on the credits, but we know different, was commissioned to create Diamonds by St Helens Youth Brass Band with funding from Arts and Culture Fund (Merseyside). On Saturday, Diamonds will have its world premiere inside the grandiose venue of St George's Hall. Brass band music… It's much more than the ancient Hovis ad.

Diamonds
St Georges Hall, Liverpool
7.30pm 15 March 2008

Super Slam
Fancy yourself as a bit of a wordsmith? Or indeed a Wordsworth? Well, down at The Casa there's a Slam Poetry competition you could be reciting your own well crafted lines at. Although it sounds a bit rough and ready, Slam Poetry is actually a contest where poets read and recite original work with their performances being judged by audience response.

And you don't have to be doing a BA in English literature to perform your stuff. The event welcomes MCs and rappers who want to perform acapella.

The competition will comprise of six heats across the North West with the top two poets from each heat competing at the Grand Final on Wednesday 26 March. The winner will receive £200 and a 12 month writer's residency at regional writing organisation Commonword. More than that however, they'll be able to call themselves the ultimate superhero of slam.

The Quest for Ultimate Slam Poet
Friday 15 March
The Casa, Hope Street
8pm
£5/£3 concs/£2 under 18s
To enter the Liverpool heat, contact Segun Lee-French on 0161 832 3777

The beat goes on
After a recent high energy performance at The Magnet, The Beat are back in the pool, this time with Neville Staple of The Specials.

Seen as one of the finest ska bands of their generation, The Beat have enjoyed a recent renaissance which has included a rip roaring performance at Glastonbury. They've also employed original vocalist Ranking Rogers's son, Ranking Junior, which gives them exuberance and vigour that is hard not to 'get down to'. So get down.

The Beat + Neville Staple
Saturday 15 March
£15adv
Doors open 7pm
Tickets

Hip Hopera
Ballet's not all about pirouettes and tutus you know. At least it's not at The Liverpool Playhouse this Friday. The style and energy of hip-hop is being transferred to a theatrical ballet performance featuring a fusion of underground dance styles. Firefox aims to bridge the gap between hip-hip culture and the stage and as well as B-Girls 'breaking' and 'popping' their way across the stage, there'll also be DJing, MCing and everything else that hip-hop culture embodies. Yep - a bit different to Swan Lake.

Decadance Theatre: Firebird @ Liverpool Playhouse
Friday 14 March
7:30pm
0151 709 4776
£12.50, £14.50

Bricking it
It's back - the institution that is Brick up the Mersey Tunnels. And if you've never heard of it, you're a fool I tell you. A fool. Here's the lowdown.

A musical, it centres around The Kingsway Three - a fictitious terrorist organisation who believe they are being looked down upon by the "snobs", over on the Wirral, so go about plotting their own unique retribution on their neighbours over the water.

With the full original cast, don't miss your chance to see the show that has broken all box office records at the Royal Court.

Brick up The Mersey Tunnels @ Liverpool Royal Court
Friday 14 March – Saturday 12 April
Doors Open – 6:30pm, Last Food Order 7pm, Show 8pm
£10-£20

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