What’s On: 3rd-9th April

W/B 3rd April 2017

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Everyman
Tuesday 4th – Saturday 8th April: The Conquest of the South Pole £5

Lifestyles
Use your Lifestyles gym membership throughout the week. You can gym, swim, and attend all the classes you want before 4pm for FREE so have a look at what you could get up to and where on their website. FREE

Liverpool Cathedral
Your cathedral offer is back from now until 31st July! This means you can get a pass to go up to the top of the Anglican Cathedral tower for you and a friend for FREE. To collect your pass, go to one of the Student Admin Centres in Aldham, Avril or IM Marsh libraries, or find your Student Opps team on campus. FREE

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Tuesday 4th April: FILM: Hidden Figures FREE
Friday 7th April: Symphonie Fantastique! FREE
Sunday 9th April: Magical Musical Kingdoms FREE

Playhouse
Tuesday 4th – Saturday 8th April: Gabriel £5

Soundcity
Book your tickets now for one of Liverpool’s biggest music festivals. LJMU students get 10% off the normal ticket price so make sure you book through this link.

Tate
Exhibitions: Tracey Emin and William Blake in Focus FREE
From 1st April: O.K. – The Musical FREE

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SO Review: The Conquest of the South Pole

Following on from the success of their first production of Fiddler on the Roof, the Everyman Company have returned with the second installment of their rep company work.

This time the company are taking on The Conquest of the South Pole, a play written by Manfred Karge in 1984 Berlin, when the city was on the edge of revolution. A story of hope and imagination, Conquest shows 4 friends – Slupianek, Braukmann, Buscher and Seiffert – emulate Roald Amundsen’s conquest of the South Pole in their attic, in an attempt to escape the harsh reality of every day life and unemployment.

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We sent our two Alexs along to the show last night, have a look at what they thought below:

Alex Medlicott
Just when you think to yourself “I’ve seen everything that they can do with the space in the Everyman. I’ve seen them make a river in Bright Pheonix. I’ve seen all sorts drop from the rig. I’ve seen Kneehigh completely take control of the space, I’ve seen the lot”. Last night really blew me away on how creative you can really be in that incredible space. For me, the most beautiful interchangeable space in the city. The things that the directors can do in that space are truly incredible and the way they shape these shows must be appreciated. The Conquest of the South Pole was an in the round, utterly imaginative, visually beautiful show. The beauty of everything was that they took you eighty percent of the way. They gave you the visuals, but you the audience had to really trigger your imagination to take yourself to the South Pole. You had to buy into the fact that the three fishing rods standing tall represented a tent and the safety from the cold. You had to buy into the fact that the white washing on the line was the ice cold, crisp, clean snow. The way this group of creatives used set and the magic of space gave you the ingredients to transport yourself to the South Pole too.

All this being great, I feel that this unfortunately may also be where the play faults. For me personally, I never fully fell in love with this group of people. I don’t think I was given the chance to. This is a play about people. Real people. And I wanted to see more of that, rather than how interesting it is that characters can abseil into the space. This Rep Company has picked certain plays to highlight and tackle social issues. ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ made us think of the current refugee crisis. The YEP production ‘The Establishment’ made us think about the world we live in. The Conquest of the South Pole, a beautifully written, poetic and magical script about austerity and friendship. A story that tells you that when your luck is down, not to worry, because you’ve got each other should make you leave angry, sad, thinking about people. Let’s see what it does to you.

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Alex Flynn
With very little background on the play aside from the Everyman Company trailer, upon entering the theatre last night, I was entirely unsure of what to expect from The Conquest of the South Pole. In hindsight, I had probably expected something more led by dialogue and character development, however it was the physical element of Conquest which I particularly loved. The utilisation of space, levels, actor physicality and props left me in awe on numerous occasions and really aided my ability to imagine on the same level as the characters themselves.

The performances of the actors were wonderful, with a powerful standout speech from Liam Tobbin who played Buscher, and a chilling brief appearance by Patrick Brennan and Kelly Sutton. The direct address worked superbly in the round and the play seemed perfectly suited to the intimate setting of the Everyman Theatre, encouraging young and old audience members to engage with the adventure. Despite this, I found it quite difficult to grasp and follow the backstory, and didn’t feel like the play had a largely political edge, however perhaps that is the beauty of the piece? Like the characters, in the excitement of the mission I was taken away from the hard-hitting truth of the real world, and left the theatre reflecting upon and unravelling the backstory rather than being immediately emotionally involved in it.

To summarise, if you are a lover of physical theatre, have a passion for innovative stage usage, or just a self-confessed dreamer, then this play is for you.

 

Have you been to see any of the Everyman Company plays yet? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

The Conquest of the South Pole is on at the Everyman Theatre for another week and a half and LJMU students can get £5 tickets. Just call the Box Office on 0151 709 4776 or visit the box office in person.

What’s On: 27th March-2nd April

W/B 27th March 2017

Everyman
Monday 27th March – Saturday 1st April: The Conquest of the South Pole £5

Lifestyles
Use your Lifestyles gym membership throughout the week. You can gym, swim, and attend all the classes you want before 4pm for FREE so have a look at what you could get up to and where on their website. FREE

Liverpool Cathedral
Your cathedral offer is back from now until 31st July! This means you can get a pass to go up to the top of the Anglican Cathedral tower for you and a friend for FREE. To collect your pass, go to one of the Student Admin Centres in Aldham, Avril or IM Marsh libraries, or find your Student Opps team on campus. FREE

Playhouse
Tuesday 28th March – Saturday 1st April: Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures £5

Soundcity
Book your tickets now for one of Liverpool’s biggest music festivals. LJMU students get 10% off the normal ticket price so make sure you book through this link.

Tate
Exhibitions: Tracey Emin and William Blake in Focus FREE
From 1st April: O.K. – The Musical FREE

Mother’s Day: 5 Ways to Spoil Yer Ma

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, so we’ve rounded up a list of 5 things you can do in the city with your mum as a John Moores student, that are sure to make you the favourite sibling.

Cathedral

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Tickets to the Liverpool Cathedral are back! You and your mum can take a trip to the top of the Cathedral for free and catch the beautiful panoramic views of Liverpool. The highest outdoor point in the city, you can see right across to the Welsh mountains on a clear day! The trip to the top is sure to put the wind in your sails and leave you both feeling uplifted.

Pop to your nearest library to pick your ticket up from the Student Admin Centres!

 

Liverpool Philharmonic

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We’re sure your mum’s a sophisticated lady…so why not take her to the orchestra? Nothing says class like live classical music in the ever beautiful Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. This Mothering Sunday, the Phil’s Youth Ensemble will be performing, who provide music-making opportunities for more than 200 children and young people aged 7 – 23 from across Liverpool. It could get emotional!

£9 for your Mum, £5 for you.

And if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, check out Hidden Figures & Symphonie Fantastique, you can get two tickets per event.

 

Everyman & Playhouse

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Coming to the Everyman & Playhouse this Friday is The Conquest of the South Pole. This short and sweet piece of theatre unfolds the story of a group of friends and hopeless dreamers who’ve left their bleak world behind, to conquer the South Pole. The play is ‘a wildly anarchic journey into the imagination’… hopeful and inspiring, it’s sure to leave your mum with all the good feels!

And if you’re feeling flush, why not treat her to dinner in the Everyman bistro beforehand and get 10% off the bill?

£5 tickets for students, call the box office on 0151 709 4776 to book.

 

TATE Liverpool 

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Is your mum a modern woman? What better way to spend a spring day than on the Albert Dock, taking in the smell of the Mersey (and avoiding the seagulls for your life) with a trip to the TATE. Currently on display is Tracey Emin’s notorious ‘My Bed,’ shown alongside William Blake’s paintings and prints, finding surprising links between the two artists.

Free exhibition!

Yoga @ Lifestyles 

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Does your Mum deserve some relaxation time? Why not take her for a Yoga session this Saturday at Millennium lifestyles. The 1 hour session is aimed at balancing your mind and improving posture, flexibility and strength. Free for students and only £4 for your Mum…that’s cheaper than a chippy tea.

Starts at 1, must book.

By Mia Cathcart
Student Opportunities Intern

 

 

 

What’s On: 20th-26th March

W/B 20th March 2017

Everyman
Friday 24th & Saturday 25th March: The Conquest of the South Pole £5

Lifestyles
Use your Lifestyles gym membership throughout the week. You can gym, swim, and attend all the classes you want before 4pm for FREE so have a look at what you could get up to and where on their website. FREE

Liverpool Cathedral
Your cathedral offer is back from now until 31st July! This means you can get a pass to go up to the top of the Anglican Cathedral tower for you and a friend for FREE. To collect your pass, go to one of the Student Admin Centres in Aldham, Avril or IM Marsh libraries, or find your Student Opps team on campus. FREE

Liverpool Philharmonic
Wednesday 22nd March @ 2:30pm: Open Rehearsal of The Power of Two – contact your Student Opps team on studentopportunities@ljmu.ac.uk to book a place. FREE
Wednesday 22nd March @ 7:30pm: FILM The Birth of a Nation FREE
Thursday 23rd March: The Power of Two FREE

Playhouse
Tuesday 21st – Saturday 25th March: Cyrano £5

Soundcity
Book your tickets now for one of Liverpool’s biggest music festivals. LJMU students get 10% off the normal ticket price so make sure you book through this link.

Tate
Exhibitions: Tracey Emin and William Blake in Focus FREE

Week Commencing: 13th March

W/B 13th March 2017

Lifestyles
Use your Lifestyles gym membership throughout the week. You can gym, swim, and attend all the classes you want before 4pm for FREE so have a look at what you could get up to and where on their website.

Playhouse
Tuesday 14th – Saturday 18th March: Cyrano £5

Royal Court
Tuesday 14th & Wednesday 15th March: Lost Soul £5

Tate
Exhibitions: Cecile B. Evans, Tracey Emin and William Blake in Focus FREE

Young Everyman & Playhouse
Wednesday 15th – Saturday 18 March: The Establishment £7

CHEAP WEEK! – All the things you can do this week for £10!

Our job here in the Students Opportunities team is to let you all know all the benefits you have because you chose LJMU. So, we thought we’d write a little blog highlighting all the fantastic things that you can do this week on a total budget of £10…

MONDAY

Lifestyles gymLet’s get a bit creative, imagine, it’s Monday morning and you’ve had a heavy weekend. A night out or two, for some even three. You’re not feeling 100%. Not quite ‘tip-top’. We found that one of the best ways to start feeling fresh again is to sweat out that long weekend. SO, our first free venture is to Lifestyles gym. Did you know that because you’re a student at LJMU you get a free off peak membership to Lifestyles gym? Seeing as memberships usually cost £26 a month, you’ve got a pretty good deal. So, with your off-peak membership you get free access to all ‘Lifestyles’ 14 venues before 4pm; a great place to sneak off to in-between lectures. You don’t simply get access to the facilities, you also get free access to all their incredible classes. At the Millennium centre in the city, you can go to up to 5 classes, including Yoga and Studio Cycle. On the other hand if you’re not the gym type and need to take the plunge to shake off those big nights out. You have free access to Lifestyles’ Wavertree Aquatics centre. I always find that a quick swim helps sort out that sore head… it’s just like being on holiday isn’t it? You’re feeling fresh to start the week and it’s all for free.
Our Price – FREE                                               Normal Price – £26 per month


TUESDAY

Cyrano

Calling all ‘culture buffs’, the Northern Broadsides are back! The hugely entertaining theatre company are bringing their new show ‘Cyrano’, a romantic comedy, to the Playhouse Theatre. AND, because you’re an LJMU student, these tickets will cost you a grand total of £5. In this day and age, with the steep inflation of the price of Freddo’s, we think that £5 to see a show is an absolute bargain. A show that includes sword play, romance and a laugh, where else will you find that for one of them new shiny fivers? The Playhouse, if you haven’t been before, is a beautiful old style theatre in the heart of Liverpool. Ladies and gents, it’s a great opportunity for a date. You can show your loved one how cultured you are, how much of a romantic you are when you wipe away the tears at the end of your standing ovation. You’ll even have change in your pocket for something to eat on the way home.
Our Price – £5.00                                               Normal Price – £16.00


WEDNESDAY

Lost Soul

It’s Wednesday, you’re halfway through the week. You’ve had a rough week in Uni so far. You need a pick me up I hear you say? You say to your friends, “I need to have a laugh me’ yano’!” Well… funnily enough, I heard you. Which is why I’ve sent you a gift from the gods. £5 tickets for the hilariously funny, scouse comedy, ‘Lost Soul’ at the Royal Court Theatre. If you want a taste of scouse humour, make sure you get yourself to this show. It’s about real people and real places. You’re guaranteed to laugh. With a group of friends you’ll find that you’ll really enjoy a trip out to the Royal Court. You’ll come out the show and you’ll say to your mates, “That was great. I needed that.” And I’ll say back, “You’re welcome.” All jokes aside, the Royal Court is a fantastic venue that displays some brilliant work and you as an LJMU student get to see everything they have to offer for much less than everyone else. Make the most of that benefit.
Our price – £5.00                                               Normal price – £13.00


THURSDAY

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Thursday has arrived and you’re after something a bit alternative. Something you wouldn’t usually do every day. Well, what we have to offer is free entry to the Tate Gallery to check out all the amazing installations and exhibitions that they have on display. The amazing Cecile B. Evans displays her work ‘Sprung a leak’ for the final week at Tate Liverpool, exploring the movement of data, artificial intelligence, and the relationship between humans and machines. This unusual exhibition opens the mind to what the future may hold, with a variety of interactive robots and on screen imagery. It certainly is something to stimulate the brain.

Whilst you’re down at the Tate, why not check out all the other exhibitions by other artists like Tracy Emin and William Blake. And after, use your student card to get 10% off in the café. It would be rude not to wouldn’t it?
Our price – FREE                                               Normal price – FREE


FRIDAY

Cathedral

It’s Friday already, hasn’t that come round quick? We have a real treat in store for your Friday afternoon. This is something that we’re really excited to announce to you all. As you may have seen we have Liverpool Cathedral tickets back. You can take a trip up to the top of Liverpool’s incredible Anglican Cathedral. Stand at the highest outdoor point in the city and catch the beautiful 360 degree panoramic views of Merseyside. On a clear day you can see right across to the Welsh mountains. This is a great place to take family members that are visiting. Also good for any budding Instagram users, this is a great spot for some photography. Open 9am until 5pm you can capture some great images in what we hope is going to be a lovely up-coming spring.
Our price – Free                                                                                Normal price – £6

It’s the weekend. You’ve been out every day this week, you’ve seen what the city has to offer from high and low, you’ve filled your brain with arts and culture, AND you’ve only spent £10. Brilliant news. Keep your eyes peeled for all the exclusive offers available to you as an LJMU student and come and find us when we’re out and about. Alternatively, follow us on social media and get updates on all our offers easier than you could imagine. You’ve saved up all your money and the weekend is yours. So go and enjoy every day of it, but make sure you take the plunge again on Monday morning. It’ll sort you right out.
Our price for the week – £10                      Normal price for the week – £61

By Alex Medlicott (Student Opportunities Intern)

 

 

Student Review: Fiddler on the Roof

By Miljenko Williams

“LJMU Student Opportunities make LJMU student lives such a grand pleasure.

On this occasion, I signed up for a tour of the Everyman with Kimberley and Alex from Student Opportunities, and alongside Everyman’s friendly and knowledgeable development manager.

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The show we then saw was the fabulous, absolutely knockout, production of “Fiddler on the Roof”.

Theatre in the round is always an experience of the senses, and the downside for the actors must be the tension of always having to get it transparently spot-on.

But maybe it’s also an upside: the tension I mean, the desire to get it just right.  Certainly, on that night, when I was lucky enough to witness the production, the beauty and poignancy and sadness and fire of the cultural dissonances from the clash of tradition and modernity, of free love and heritage, and of the past and the future, were never as clear as that evening I remember of consummate artistry and real drama.

Without exception, all the actors and scenes and meanings and subtexts burst through with wonderful clarity.  Three moments which really stick in my mind – without wishing to give too much away! – were the nightmare recounted; the green bottles’ scene; and the ending where an inspiring synthesis of ancient and modern is gently suggested through astonishingly clever choreography.

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But alongside the grand displays of musical pyrotechnics were far more intimate, far more gentle, far more utterly humane moments of vulnerability.

A production as full of life as life itself – that was “Fiddler on the Roof” that night.

You really do have to hand it to the Everyman: in their “Fiddler on the Roof” they have a production for every person on the planet, as relevant as ever to the heartless age we might sense – all too often – is encroaching on our humanity in such a reproachable way as today.

In the essence and fundamental thesis of the musical, however, is the ever-redeeming attachment we surely should always retain to the sometimes confusing, sometimes irrational, life which something, somewhere has bestowed on us.miljenko1

I sat in seat E14, and had a wonderful view of the whole show. But the photo I took away with me was of my ever-so-lucky number 13.

And that’s exactly what the Everyman’s company taught me that night: it’s not the luck of the draw we should focus on, but the truth of life’s journey – you never know what’s coming next!

 

Don’t miss out on the next LJMU Student Opportunity.

It won’t be your last, but – if it’s going to be your first – you should definitely make it your next.”