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Lost weekend: October 3-5

An afternoon tea with fireworks, invasion of zombies, invasion of bees, Everyman becomes Fun Palace

Published on October 2nd 2014.

Lost weekend: October 3-5

A cracker with your crackers
ROCKETS with your rocket?

Afternoon teas are ten a penny but here's one with a bit of whizz bang.

Southport's Vincent Hotel has creeated what it calls a sensory afternoon tea and it is set to go with a bang in time for this weekend's British Musical FireworksChampionship in Southport.

Inspired by the sights and sounds of the event, now in its 12th year, the Lord Street hotel's head chef, Andrew Carter, has developed an unusual afternoon tea which combines an audio track of fireworks with your cakes and darjeeling. 

 Andrew said: “It’s all about having a bit of fun and doing something different.  The firework championships are such a great event and it’s the sights, sounds and smells that make it so special.  We’ve created this afternoon tea to awaken all those senses.

It’s still a stylish afternoon tea, just with a bit of a difference.  All you have to do is stick your pinky finger out, put your headphones in and soak up a little bit of that spectacular atmosphere.“

Customers choosing the full sensory experience will be asked to use their smartphones to access a special fireworks track on The VINCENT Hotel’s website. Headphones will be provided. 

The afternoon tea includes chocolate and honeycomb torte, a flaming crème brulee, a spice fruit tart with popping candy crumb and a mini toffee apple plus treacle glazed ham and hot smokes salmon sandwiches.

Priced at £12.95 (or £20.95 with champagne and strawberries)  it is available from 3-6pm until Saturday October 11. Call 01704 883800 to book.

Zombina And The SkeletonesZombina And The Skeletones

Carry on Screaming
MIRROR Moves is a new-ish night celebrating all things post punk, new wave and synth pop. It takes place on Fridays in Whitechapel's Basement.

This week there is excitement as it is invaded by the excellent Zombina and the Skeletones, sqaring up for a duel of DJing "like some death disco Peter Cushing," it says here

A dancefloor of terrifying excitement will thus ensue, along with the possible destruction of the Earth itself, so be prepared, and start choosing what to wear in the event of an apocalypse this Friday.

Maximum dancing and cheap drinks from 11pm, with human sacrifices from ten past.

Mirror Moves Vs Zombina and the Skeletones Death Disco, The Basement Club, 57 Whitechapel, L1. Friday Oct 3, 11pm-4am.


Bee, here, now
GERMAN art and technology collective The Constitute project big bees onto big buildings in big cities including Helsinki and Berlin.

 Lately, however, they have made their hive Newsham Park, working with kids and staff at the Academy of St Francis of Assisi and local beekeeper Andrew Hubbard. They have been caring for a new beehive designed and built in the shape of Ropewalks Square (who knows why) on the roof of the school. 

The students have been filming the activity inside the hive since spring and through the use of the relatively new projection mapping technology, will use this footage to transfom Ropewalks Square into a giant beehive on Saturday night.

In the run-up, artist, producer, DJ – and beekeeper - Bioni Samp will be hosting a family workshop in FACT's Wood Street Loading Bay between 2pm – 4pm. Using home-made "bee" synthesisers, learn to understand bee frequencies and use them to create new bee-inspired music. Just buzz by, it's free.

Between 6pm – 8pm Hubbard will offer an opportunity to taste a selection of his Liverpool Postcode Honeys, "all with unique flavours depending on the area’s pollen".

From 8pm-9pm Samp returns for a DJ set of bee themed music in front of the projection out on the square. 

*Human Beeing, Ropewalks Square, by FACT, Wood Street, Saturday Occtober 4, various times, free.



Fun Palace

Fun for all
MORE than half a century ago, theatre director Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price were looking for a way to kill the mystery of theatres as intimidating edifices and instead make them places where cultural experiences, both high and low, were possible. So they came up with The Fun Palace concept, which embraced song and dance, construction and mechanics, scientific experiments.

This weekend marks what would have been Littlewood's 100th birthday and theatres up and down the land are paying tribute by recreating the Fun Palaces – and here that means the Everyman.

The Hope Street venue, which recently celebrated a big birthday of its own, plans to “break down the barrier between the audience and artists. This will include laughing gas drinks, guaranteed to break the ice at parties, performances by the Sense of Sound choir and a great deal more.

Visitors can join in with a range of activities – a playwright in a lift will take short-form writing to the next level. A music room dedicated to dance, singing and drumming will host workshops while jamming sessions will allow anyone with an instrument to bring it along and get involved.

There will also be the chance for kids to get into some creative construction and build their  own Fun Palace from found materials, while the Young Everyman Playhouse will perform pop-up plays in various locations.

You can also explore the inner world of performers and stage crew before a performance takes place as the Bright Phoenix company open the doors of the auditorium to the public to see what happens behind the scenes.

Fun Palaces, Everyman Theatre, Hope Street, noon to 6pm on Saturday October 4, Free.

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Dark LadyOctober 4th 2014.

Don't forget the three-minute version of Hamlet. And I don't mean the cheap cigar.

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