The Countdown to Christmas

As Christmas (the most wonderful time of the year) is just around the corner, we’ve decided to provide you with a list of the best & most affordable (often FREE) things to do in Liverpool as an LJMU student to get you in the festive mood… well, ring-a-ding-ding!

Liverpool’s Christmas Market at St George’s Plateau

> Markets until December 22nd
> DreamWorks Lights show – Thurs 26th Nov — Sun 15th Jan 2017
> Price: FREExmas-market

Liverpool’s Christmas Market is bigger and better this year and has a new stunning location outside St George’s Hall which will be at the heart of the city this Christmas with thousands of visitors set to flock to the spectacular lantern parade and to the dozens of market stalls that will be set up outside. The new location has been chosen so the festive Christmas market can complement the UK premiere of the DreamWorks Lights show — a lantern extravaganza featuring characters from the blockbuster films of Kung Fu Panda, Shrek and Madagascar, which St George’s Hall will be hosting from TOMORROW (26th Nov)! The magical market will operate from 11am-9pm daily, and 11am-5pm on Sundays until Thurs, December 22nd, and will feature more than 40 stalls selling food, arts and crafts from across four continents. (Get us there now!)

Scouse of the Rising Sun at Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre

> Monday 25th Nov – Saturday 14th Jan
> Price: FREE tickets for LJMU students Mon 28th & £5 tickets available for LJMU students only on Tues 29th & Weds 30th November (general public tickets range from £13-15 per performance!)scouse-of-the-rising-sun

Liverpool’s Royal Court Christmas show is back! More gags, more songs and more silliness! This Christmas join the fun at the Royal Court for a holiday of a lifetime. The gang are off to the Far East in search of a Great Wall and the way they’ll find plenty to keep them (and you) entertained. The Royal Court Theatre is definitely one of our favourites. Why not splash out and pay £10 for a delicious meal beforehand and bag the best seats in the house?! £10 in total for a meal and a show this Monday night – you can’t go wrong! The Royal Court Christmas show is an annual fun-fest that has had audiences laughing and singing along for the last seven years so get merry and join the festive fun!

Independent Liverpool & Liverpool SU’s Street Food Fest at the Great Baltic Warehouse

>Thurs 1st December 4pm – 11pm
> Price: £2.50indelpoolsu3eventsfacebook_banner-01

Much to our delight Liverpool SU have teamed up with the fabulously popular Independent Liverpool (say whaaaat?!) As we all know, Independent Liverpool are the city’s resident experts on Liverpool’s best, coolest, and newest venues, cafes, and bars. If you love, food (who doesn’t?!) then join us this Thursday December 1st at the Great Baltic Warehouse (32 Greenland Street) to fill your boots at this scrumptious Street Food Fest. ‘Free State Kitchen, Meet Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs, Little Furnace, Evil Eye – Beer & Burrito Shack and Ital Fresh’ are just a few of the mouth-watering food vendors that have been announced so far. As well as having tons of tasty food stalls there will be live music, DJ’s such as our favourite bingo legend Johnny Bongo (88) and a Winter Garden to explore! Oh AND you’ll get a ticket for £2 off your first drink on arrival… Not got a ticket? At £2.50 it would be rude not to…

Winter Arts Market by Open Culture at the Anglican Cathedral

> Sat December 3rd  10am – 7pm
> Price: £2 entry + children under 16 free


If you’re looking for unique Christmas gifts this year, look no further as Merseyside’s largest arts and crafts market, the Winter Arts Market will return for an eighth year on Saturday 3 December 2016. Staged this year in the breath-taking surroundings of Liverpool Cathedral the market will see this incredible space, one of the most beautiful in the city, transformed into a bustling independent shopping experience. ‘Featuring work from more than 200 of the region’s best artists, designers and makers – from paintings and jewellery to screen-prints, Christmas decorations, cards, photography, home wares, glassware, textiles and handmade beauty products’.  There will also be a vintage fair and food fair downstairs. (Seriously, can this get any better?!)

The Star at the Playhouse Theatre

>Tues 9th December – Sat 14th January
>Price: £5 a ticket for LJMU students


The Playhouse Theatre will soon open it’s doors for us to join them at ‘The Star’ this Christmas to have a right old knees-up, laugh, cry and apparently to be ‘dazzled and amazed by the most splendid show ever!!?’ Think we best give this one a go  which will be starring Liverpool’s much loved Michael Starke (better known as Sinbad off Brookie round ‘ere). Sing along to Don’t Dilly Dally On The Way, The Old Bull and Bush, The Boy I Love Is Up In The Gallery and many more! This isn’t one to miss. With tickets selling for up to £30, call the Playhouse on 0151 709 4776 to reserve your £5 LJMU ticket now. Don’t say we don’t treat you! (Lucky things).

Big Band Wonderland at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

> Saturday 10th December -& Tuesday 13 December @ 7:30pm
>Price: Tues 13th December – 2 x FREE tickets for all LJMU students
> Sat 10th December –  £7 per person (up to £42 for general public!)


‘There’s a reason why they call this the most wonderful time of the year! Vocalist Gary Williams – back by public demand after his knockout performance at New Year 2015 – hosts the most stylish Christmas party Liverpool’s ever seen’. You will have the pleasure to listen to Gary and the biggest band in town performing Christmas classics such as ‘Let It Snow,’ ‘It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,’ ‘White Christmas,’ ‘Mary’s Boy Child’ and many, many more to get you in the Christmas spirit!

Christmas Classics Concert at the Anglican Cathedral

> Friday 16th Dec 7:30pm – 9:30pm
> Price: Adults £12, children £6anglican-christmas

There’s nothing better than a concert full of seasonal songs and carols to make you feel that all important extra little bit Christmassy leading up to the big day. Oh wait… actually maybe this time it does get better as the concert will be held at the breathtakingly beautiful Anglican Cathedral! Don’t miss this wonderful evening of songs sung by the combined voices of St. Edmund’s Choir from Waterloo and the Wirral Community Choir.





Week Commencing: 28th November 2016

W/B November 28th

Everyman – Mon 28th-Sat 3rd December – ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Panto @ 7pm (plus Friday matinee @ 1:30pm and Saturday matinee @ 1:30pm) NOT IN STUDENT OFFER

Philharmonic – Friday 2nd December – ‘New World’ @ 2:30pm

Royal Court – Mon 28th-Weds 30th – ‘Scouse of the Rising Sun’ @ 8pm

Tate – ALL WEEK – ‘Edward Krasiński’, ‘Cecile B. Evans‘, ‘Yves Klein’ & ‘Tracey Emin and William Blake in Focus

An Introduction to Klein, Krasinski and Evans – What’s new at Tate Liverpool (By Kimberley Larkin – Student Opportunities Officer)


Last week the team took a visit down to the scenic Albert Dock check out the new exhibitions at The Tate Liverpool. It was a rainy day and just what was needed to take our minds off the miserable weather.

We made sure we remembered our Tate vouchers (downloaded from ) to get our FREE LJMU access to Yves Klein and Edward Krasinski saving us £6 each (money to be used to get a coffee and a piece of cake in the café). Remember 10% discount off the Tate shop and café is available with a valid LJMU card.

When we arrived at The Docks we just caught the last moments of a rainbow over Liverpool; the view is the reason why I love this city so much especially The Albert Dock.

Arriving at The Tate we decided to start at the bottom and work our way up to the top floor going in and out of all the exhibitions. Here’s a little summary of my thoughts of each exhibition:

Cecile B. Evans: walking into a room of talking screens and real life robots dancing…. You think I might be joking but it’s seriously real. This is one of the most engaging exhibitions I have seen at the Tate and the robots were the star performances of a three act play ‘Sprung a Leak 2016’. This is not the usual exhibition but something out of the ordinary with a mixture of multiple screens (some containing pole dancing performance), robots, a fountain and other sculptural elements. Personally, I really like this exhibition as it was so different and quite humorous with the robots talking to each other. If only you could buy the robots – they would definitely be on my Christmas list. Better than TV I’d say.

Yves Klein: now this is what I call controversial art… his ‘Anthropometry’ paintings using naked women’s bodies as the paint brush. Would Klein get away with doing this in today’s modern world if he was still alive? I’m not too sure he would but others would disagree. Besides the fact it could be seen as exploiting women; when I looked around the gallery and watched the video listening to one of the woman say she felt the art was more embracing women’s bodies it kind of made it less horrific and more acceptable. It’s funny seeing how different views on his work can sway your judgments but definitely one to go see.

Edward Krasinski: A little bit of everything is Krasinski; his works contain a mixture of paintings, sculpture and artistic installations. When walking around, I felt the exhibitions were a mixture of clever and funny. How simple blue tape circulating the room and wires with mirrors hanging from the ceiling could be so interesting was beyond me. But I really enjoyed this exhibition and think besides the gravity defying wires, I was able to fix my fuzzed hair from the crap weather in the mirrors. One of my favourite exhibitions in the Tate

Other famous names included were Tracey Emins and William Blake. If you have the time, try go see the famous piece by Emin ‘My bed’; another subjective controversial piece of art that everyone has an opinion on. The Tate cleverly records a discussion group and you can listen to people’s views through ear phones available for all visitors; good to see some ‘salt of the earth’ people’s views.

While some of you may have already been to the exhibitions at the Tate or even if you haven’t, art is very subjective and you need to try it before you can have an opinion. If you think you haven’t got an arty bone in your body or don’t think it’s really for you, why not try just give it a go. The Tate is free so it would be daft not to. Check out the FREE Tate talks running every day too.

“Art and life are subjective. Not everybody’s gonna dig what I dig, but I reserve the right to dig it.” – Whoopi Goldberg


Week Commencing: 21st November 2016

W/B November 21st

Playhouse – Tues 22nd-Sat 26th – ‘When We Are Married’ @ 7:30pm (except Wednesday at 5:30pm, plus Thursday matinee @ 1:30pm, and Saturday matinee @ 2pm)

Everyman – Sat 26th – ‘Beauty and the Beast‘ Panto @ 7pm NOT IN STUDENT OFFER

Tate – ALL WEEK – ‘Edward Krasiński’, ‘Cecile B. Evans‘, ‘Yves Klein’ & ‘Tracey Emin and William Blake in Focus

Week Commencing: 7th November 2016

W/B November 7th

Playhouse – Mon 7th-Sat 12th – ‘Susan Hill’s The Woman In Black’ @ 7:30pm (except Wednesday @ 5:30pm, plus Thursday matinee @ 1:30pm & Saturday matinee @ 2pm)

Everyman – Tues 8th-Sat 12th – ‘Heads Will Roll’ @ 7:30pm (except Thursday @ 5:30pm, plus Saturday matinee @ 2pm)

Philharmonic – Friday 11th November – ‘L’apres-midi’ @ 2:30pm

Tate – ALL WEEK – ‘Edward Krasiński’, ‘Cecile B. Evans‘, ‘Yves Klein’ & ‘Tracey Emin and William Blake in Focus

REVIEW: Things I Know To Be True

“No one’s perfect, not even your family….”

Both hilarious and heart-breaking in equal measure, Things I Know To Be True really hits where it hurts. A story of the pressures of finding your identity in the world and the expectations parents place upon their children, the play uses honest monologues, harsh dialogues and beautiful physical theatre to explore the truths of family life.


Aside from the moving and relatable storyline, this piece was gripping from start to finish; largely due to the raw and emotive performances of the cast. Made up of a number of well-known names in theatre, TV and film including Two Pints’ actress Natalie Casey, and Ewan Stewart who played the First Officer William McMaster Murdoch in the Titanic, the actors were full of gritty emotion and impressive fluidity of movement. The physical elements of the play brought gave the whole piece a spellbinding effect. By contrasting delicate movements with strong lifts and supporting holds, the physicality brought a welcome break to the hard hitting dialogue and beautifully reflected the strains, support and warmth of the family network.


Having studied Frantic Assembly in A-Level Theatre Studies, the tour of Things I Know To Be True to the Playhouse Theatre was an incredible opportunity to see one of their plays in real life… and it most definitely didn’t disappoint. They made the audience laugh and cry, and leave the theatre in a reflective frame of mind, through the sheer beauty of the physicality and the stunning imagery created.

If you would still like the chance to see Things I Know To Be True, it will be showing over the next three nights at the Playhouse Theatre. LJMU students can go for just £5 tickets – contact the Box Office to get yours now!