What’s On: 1st-7th May 2017

W/B 1st May 2017

Stay positive and focused during your exams with free yoga and exercise sessions, free holistic sessions and lots more! Check out the whole range of activities here.

Everyman
Friday 6th – Saturday 7th May: The Story Giant £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 Philharmonic
Tuesday 2nd May: Viceroy’s House FREE
Thursday 4th May: Sounds Like Shakespeare 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

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
Ellsworth Kelly: In Focus FREE

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What’s On: 24th-30th April

W/B 24th April 2017

Stay positive and focused during your exams with free yoga and exercise sessions, free holistic sessions and lots more! Check out the whole range of activities here.

Everyman
Monday 24th – Saturday 29th April: The Story Giant £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 Philharmonic
Friday 28th April: Journey Through Italy 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’s Royal Court
Monday 24th April: The Lonesome West FREE
Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th April: The Lonesome West £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
O.K. – The Musical FREE
Ellsworth Kelly: In Focus FREE

What’s On: 17th-23rd April

W/B 17th April 2017

Stay positive and focused during your exams with free yoga and exercise sessions, free holistic sessions and lots more! Check out the whole range of activities here.

Everyman
Monday 17th – Saturday 22nd April: The Story Giant £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

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

If you were a Mars Bar you’d eat yourself. Happy Easter.

It’s that time of year again! It’s time to fill your boots with as much chocolate as you can. Eat it all in one go, or store more for the winter. How amazing, a four day bank holiday weekend AND infinite amounts of chocolate. Most people call this time of the year, Easter. Others call it ‘GranHab’. Probably a holiday you’ve never heard of before. It’s quite particular to our family you see. It is an amalgamation of the two words, ‘Gran’, standing for Grandmother and ‘hab’, an abbreviated version of Rehab. Because, you see, in our family it’s the time of year that we have an intervention for my Nan. She’s lovely my Nan. Honestly, it’s not the drink that we have to stop, nor does she gamble like the woman on Louis Theroux in Vegas.

My Nan is a chocoholic. She loves chocolate. Can’t get enough of the stuff. She loves Flakes, cakes, chocolate snakes, she blends them up and makes milkshakes. Mars bars, Magic Stars, chocolate sprinkles kept in jars. Kit-Kat, Caramac, Weight Watchers own brand, it’s low-fat. After Eight, no debate, my Nan Mo, she loves choc-late.

Once she nearly cut my hands off for pinching a ‘Curly Wurly’ from her fridge. She set up a court room in her front room, my Grandad defended me and Spike the dog was the judge. He threw it out of court. I DIGRESS!!! This blog isn’t simply about chocolate, nor is it a chance for me to lambast my grandmother. I’m here to tell you about all the amazing things you can do for a really cheap price this Easter weekend.

GOOD FRIDAY

We start our journey on ‘Good Friday’! It is the start of your long, well deserved, four day weekend and we’ve got just the way for you to spend it. Why not start your weekend with a refreshing trip to the gym. Come on, we both know how much chocolate you’re going to scoff this weekend so think ahead and get the exercise out the way early. You may already know that by being an LJMU student, you get a free off-peak membership to all fourteen of Lifestyles venues. This bank holiday Friday the Millennium centre on Victoria Street is open from 9am until 4pm. Make the most of your free membership and start the weekend off in a positive way with the rest of the day and weekend ahead of you.

BORING SATURDAY

Easter Saturday, this has always been a confusing one. You’re never really sure what to do on Easter Saturday because it’s not really a Saturday, so all usual Saturday things go out the window. It’s a bit of a limbo day really isn’t it? I’m guessing thijesuss is very similar when the holiday actually originated. Jesus died on the cross for our sins on the Friday and is laid to rest in a tomb. Saturday, nothing. Sunday Jesus resurrects from the dead, everyone is joyous and parties into the night and we all have the Monday off. Don’t hold me to that part. We thought we’d put a stop to this and give you a little something to do this Easter Saturday, for completely free. Why not make the most of your exclusive offers and use your Cathedral ticket! If you have family up for the weekend head over to the Liverpool Cathedral for some lunch and take a trip to the top of the tower. With 360 degree views of this beautiful city, this is a great spot for a new family photo. AND after you’ve been you’ll have some time to pop into town for some last minute egg purchasing…

EASTER SUNDAY

Let’s stay within the theme and give you a day filled with food, drink, music, laughter and much more. We’ve got our fingers crossed that the weather is perfect because we’re heading to the Liverpool Food & Drink festival in Sefton Park with friends and family and you should come too! There are stalls from all your favourite restaurants around the city, plenty of pop-up bars and live entertainment all afternoon. So grab a ticket, get yourself to the park and spend your Easter Sunday the way it is supposed to be spent. We’ve even found you a little ‘Groupon’ link that gets you 50% off tickets!

https://www.groupon.co.uk/deals/gl-liverpool-food-drink-festival-4

BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY

imaginativeIts bank holiday Monday and we’re nearly back to normal. You had a great day in the park yesterday and your weekend is coming to an end. We thought as a treat we’d put together the Student Opportunities family pack. If you have children yourself, or have family nearby, make the most of your exclusive offers this bank holiday Monday and go to BOTH the TATE and the Everyman Theatre. Start at the TATE for half past one and get involved in ‘Imaginative Worlds’. Explore your creative side with fun, hands-on workshops for families, designed by the TATE’s own Family Collective. Go along, dress-up and enter into an imaginative world, make your own puppets, masks and theatrical props, then take them to the stage! You’ll have so much fun! We’re not finished yet though… Have a quick break, get some food down you in the TATE café, or head over to the Everyman Bistro and make the most of your 10% off. THEN grab your £5 tickets to see ‘The Story Giant’ in the amazing Everyman space. It sounds incredible!

“Once upon a time, as darkness falls, four children from different corners of the world meet in dreamtime. By the flickering firelight, up the spiral staircaTheStoryGiant_1400x700se of his crumbling library, the Story Giant waits for them. He is older than memory, older than time and for generations he has collected stories like falling stars. But now he waits. He waits for their stories, for their imaginations and for the one tale in all the world that can save him.”

Don’t miss out on your chance to have the most creative, imaginative day, filled with fun, laughter and wonder. All for £5.

We hope you have a fantastic Easter weekend that is filled to the brim with excitement. I’m off the gym, I might see you in there. I’m going to have to work on these biceps before I have to restrain my Nan this weekend. 💪

Have a good one! 🍾🐣🍫🐰✌️

By Alex Medlicott – Student Opportunities Intern

What’s On: 10th-16th April

W/B 10th April 2017

Stay positive and focused during your exams with free yoga and exercise sessions, free holistic sessions and lots more! Check out the whole range of activities here.

Everyman
Thursday 13th – Saturday 15th April: The Story Giant £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 11th – Thursday 13th April: My Country; a work in progress £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

Student Reviews: Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventure

Last week, world-renowned choreographer Matthew Bourne brought his ‘Early Adventures’ piece to the Liverpool Playhouse theatre. The programme took the audience through three dance pieces entitled: “Town and Country – Lie back and think of England…”, “The Infernal Galop – A French dance with English subtitles” and “Watch with Mother – Seen but not heard?”. LJMU students could get £5 tickets to see the performance, so have a look at what two LJMU students thought below!

Damien Horwood – Journalism – 3rd Year

“A rewarding experience for newcomers and long-time fans alike, Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures is exactly that – an adventure.

The show at the Liverpool Playhouse comprises three works from the beginning of Matthew’s career as choreographer and dancer, pieces that he feels are special to him as he also performed in them in his early days, pieces that despite being over 20 years’ old still look and feel fresh.”

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“While all the pieces are reflective, Matthew singled out The Dearest Love – the duet between two men in the ‘Town’ section – as his most personal work.

Speaking to JMU Journalism, he said: “I used to dance it with my friend Scott Ambler. That was quite personal and a bit daring at the time. The idea was, let’s do a number for two men and be romantic about it. But the thing was, they never look at each other. Because they’re all uptight and English.”

Matthew also feels the piece highlights the change in the audiences since the work first toured. He noted how back then, the audience had different attitudes, whereas now people just see it as an endearing and moving dance.

Overall, the show is outstanding with flawless performances from the dancers and is the perfect blend of comedy and emotion.”

Matthew Bourne's Early Adventures


Megan Rainford – Dance – 3rd Year

“The three short pieces that captured the creative work of Bourne, Watch with Mother, Town and Country and The Infernal Galop, allowed the audience to be taken back. This showing a more classical way of choreographing with powerful and imaginative movement entwined within the material. It was refreshing to receive movement that maintained his own style but still sat within a truly classic approach, moving back to the routes of his movement. What is movement? I believe within today’s dance world, looking outside the box can sometimes leave us in a place of distance from the work created. Bourne allows and engages the audience back to original material, automatically giving a refreshing approach. We as audience members today have become so reliant on seeing new and shocking performances, believing that new is better. This not always being the case, standing Bourne in a perfect opportunity to share his earlier works.”

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“With the use of a clear and simplistic set by Lez Brotherston, movement material was able to stretch across the space throughout. The intriguing mirrored scenery above reflected movement creating new dimension and further interest. A stimulating and suitable use of cycloramas that added to the effects but did not over power the material taking place. The scenery was well suited to the performance and collaborated beautifully. Sound and lighting showed awareness and perfect execution with clear engagement and creativity. Overall, extremely well collaborated with clear intensions throughout the performance work.

Early Adventures, although a previous work, allows us as audience members to witness movement material that does not hide behind Bourne’s new works but stands proud on its own. This offering more than a shocking and new take on what we believe art to be today, but delivering perfect technique that shows a true classical take on movement material. A performance that will engage with all and provide great entertainment, a must see performance.”

COMPETITION: Cream Classical Live!

On the weekend of the 21st & 22nd April, Liverpool club legends Cream return to the stunning Liverpool Cathedral for an unforgettable night of dance music. Performed by Cream’s 50 piece Philharmonic Orchestra, a new set of classic cream tracks will be brought to life in the Cathedral. With the incredible backdrop of the building, and an epic light show too, this event is a complete dance spectacle.

The event sold out pretty fast, so we are absolutely delighted to share our news that we have 2 FREE tickets to give away for the Saturday 22nd April show!

If you want to enter the competition, it really is pretty easy:

  1. Using your wonderful free pass to go to the top of the Liverpool Cathedral tower, go up and take plenty of photos/videos/Boomerangs or whatever type of media takes your fancy.
  2. Upload your piccies onto social media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram), tag us in them (@LJMUStudentOpps) and include the hashtag #tweetfromthetower.
  3. All entries must be in by 3:30pm on Wednesday 17th April when we will shortlist them down to the best ones, and put it to a public vote for our followers to decide on their favourite.
  4. The voting will end at 12pm on Thursday 20th April when the winning photo will be announced and the lucky winner will be given their tickets for the BEST NIGHT OF THEIR LIFE!

We’re looking forward to seeing what you guys come up with – have fun and enjoy the trip up the tower.

Your Student Opps Team

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Photo by Martin Waters

NB. Please note that the tickets and date are non-transferrable.

 

 

Student Review! The Conquest of the South Pole.

Jade Dowie, third year English Literature student from Liverpool John Moores University, reviews The Conquest of the South Pole, at the Liverpool Everyman until April 8th 2017.

Review 1

For their second offering the Everyman Repertory Company are taking on Manfred Karge’s The Conquest of the South Pole with an imaginative revival by Nick Bagnall. The Everyman has never been one to shy away from choosing plays that highlight contemporary social issues and here we are invited along to follow four friends as they come to terms with the emptiness and boredom surrounding a repetitive cycle of unemployment, tea and fishing. Despite first being performed in Berlin in 1986 it’s a play that still feels very relevant with the U.K’s current uncertainty surrounding the potential economic fallout from Brexit. Losing your livelihood is now a real fear for many of us so it is impossible not to empathise with the unfortunate position these character’s find themselves in.

Review 2

Dissatisfied with their situation, leader Slupianek (played by Dean Nolan) persuades his friends to escape their grim reality with an imaginary recreation of Amundsen’s legendary expedition of the South Pole – all without leaving the attic. This allows the Everyman to do what it does best as, once again, the audience bears witness to a wonderfully creative set design being transformed with simple props; in this case the use of white washing on the line to represent icy glaciers and fishing rods tied together to form a tent that shelters them from the cold. This was especially effective at enabling the audience to fully immerse themselves in the make believe world the friends have created, as we are encouraged to join them in using our own imaginations.

Review 3

Thanks to the incredible performances from the cast, you really feel for this eccentric group of dreamers. Nolan’s Slupianek is captivating and the audience is swept along as he clings desperately to a fantasy in which he is finally successful in overcoming the obstacles life throws his way. We especially see this desperation in his refusal to accept Buscher’s (Liam Tobin) suggestion that Shackleton’s failed expedition would make a more interesting game as “We do failure better”. And Emily Hughes’ comic opening sequence leading to her character’s failed suicide attempt was a wonderful example of theatre forcing the audience to question what they will cheer for in the name of entertainment.

Review 4

Another highlight from this performance is its play on language, a compelling mixture of poetry, slang and conventional dialogue drawing us further into the blissful escapism, though this did sometimes make the plot hard to follow.

Review 5

This is a truly original and inspiring piece of theatre that has you still thinking about it long after it has finished. An evening spent at the arctic will be a welcome distraction to LJMU students in need of a break from their revision so head down to The Everyman to pick up your £5 tickets.

Jade Dowie | Final year English Literature Student | Liverpool John Moores University