Ahead of the second annual Toxteth Day Of The Dead, the Liverpool Arts Lab were discussing how we could better engage the local community. With food being the great unifier, I decided to create a local cake in the tradition of the Manchester and Bakewell tart, the Chorley, Eccles and Dundee cakes and the Chelsea bun.Read more “Tocky Tart”
The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu have set out to build The People’s Pyramid. The first brick was laid on its foundation stone on Toxteth Day Of The Dead, Friday 23 November 2018.Read more “Toxteth Day of the Dead – Beating of the Bounds Book”
John Higgs has a lot to answer for… Since the 2013 release of his KLF book, he’s become a guiding light for a new wave of seekers; elucidating the complexities of the twentieth century and exploring the essence of the British psyche in the two books that followed.Read more “John Higgs ‘The Future Starts Here’ – Book Launch”
What is DOOLEYDAY?
Put simply, it’s a celebration of Liverpool-born sculptor ARTHUR DOOLEY held annually on his birthday, 17th January. That’s all.
But looked at again, it’s more than that: it’s an example of how so-called ‘ordinary’ people (no such thing, by the way) can create our own myths, honour our own heroes and sheroes, and by doing so, shine a light to illuminate a possible path ahead for the rest of us, in the darkest of times.Read more “Dooleyday: Sculpting Our Own Mythologies”
Following in the long and illustrious lineage of English eccentricity, David Bramwell is a prolific and versatile creative who operates on the fringes of culture, shining a light on the overlooked and forgotten aspects of our history and folklore.
Constantly seeking meaning in the world around him, David uses what he finds to inform his work, whether that be as a raconteur, musician, radio presented or author.Read more “David Bramwell Interview”
“Now THIS was a rare vintage. The first Toxteth Day of the Dead proper was something truly special. The day I led ‘the 399’ on an historic Beating of the Bounds will live long in the memory (even if there weren’t exactly 399 of us – or maybe there were, if you count the ghosts…). The whole day was filled with wonder and highlights, and each person there will have their own. For me, the run-up to the event was just so exciting and impressive, seeing fellow Arts Labbers swing into action and pull together to create a truly collaborative and momentous event in just 10 days.Read more “Toxteth Day Of The Dead”
Following Daisy Eris Campbell’s brilliant Pigspurt’s Daughter show, that we hosted alongside Bido Lito! at the Hope Street Theatre back in August, we’re delighted to invite David Bramwell, another guest from Brighton, to perform a solo-show in Liverpool.
The Cult of Water combines original music and film, art and archive footage with a captivating monologue. As a one-man show it is a feast for the ears, eyes, heart and soul, taking audiences on a dream-like journey in search of the ‘spirit of dark and lonely waters’.
Tomorrow, Thursday 23rd August, we’ll be welcoming Daisy Eris Campbell’s one-woman show to Liverpool! An homage to Ken Campbell, her brilliantly eccentric father, ‘Pigspurt’s Daughter’ weaves together the diverse strands that informed his work and helped forge his personal myth – she’s of course thrown a few of her own ideas into the mix too…
Daisy Eris Campbell is a true force of nature. A stage visionary and crucial countercultural connector, she’s continually challenged audiences by pushing the boundaries of theatre to the outer fringes, and in the process has helped forge a self-perpetuating network of underground creatives across the UK.
A surreal, hilarious and deeply moving one woman show from the daughter of the master raconteur, Ken Campbell. ‘Pigspurt’s Daughter’ visits the pool of life on Thursday 23rd August.
“Ken Campbell was one of the most unclassifiable talents in British Theatre in the last half century” ~ The Guardian Obituary, 2008