The 2018 Everyman Company

By Lucy Clarke, Student Opportunities Intern

The award winning Everyman Company are back to bring us another year of fun filled entertainment! Following on from the success of last year, the Everyman have released the full line up of actors for the 2018 company along with the upcoming season of shows they have in store for us. There will be some old recognisable faces amongst the cast but also some brand new fresh faced ones including Emma Bispham and Nathan McMullen.

For their debut season, the rep company created relatable, relevant, contemporary, thought provoking pieces. The Fiddler on the Roof resonated with audiences as it highlighted the current ongoing refugee crisis, despite being set in Russia in the early twentieth century. Whilst last season seemed to be an exploration of the current state of affairs, this season the company are to explore ‘brave new worlds’ through their performances. The Everyman are sure to deliver another season of tremendous productions that will challenge its audiences. Here’s what’s coming up:

 

Paint your Wagon
Sat 3rd March to Sat 14th July
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First to kick off the new season is Paint your Wagon which promises to be a musical delight. If you loved Fiddler on the Roof then you will definitely not want to miss this! Set during the California Gold Rush, we follow Ben Rumson on his journey to find riches and happiness. If you love a good sing along then this is the one for you!


A Clockwork Orange

Sat 4th April to Thurs 12th of July
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Based on the popular novel written by Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange is set in a dystopian future. It follows Alex who’s violent and sadistic nature lands him in prison and whilst there, he is selected to undergo an experimental treatment intended to cure him of his violence. It’s a story about punishment, free will and juvenile delinquency.  If you loved the novel why not head on down to the theatre and see if this adapted version takes your fancy.


Othello

Sat 28th April to Tuesday 10th July

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A Shakespearean tragedy given a contemporary twist. Set in the near future, Othello is a story about love and betrayal.  Golda Rosheuvel will take centre stage as Othello in this production, challenging the traditional patriarchal world that the play was published in. This female casting of Othello will bring a fresh new take on the classic text. Following on from the reworking and success of Romeo and Juliet last season, it will be interesting to see the company take on another Shakespearean classic.

 

 

The Big I Am
Sat 16th June to Sat 14th July

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Based on a Norwegian play ‘Peer Gynt’ published in 1867 by Henrik Ibsen ‘The Big I Am’ will be the final production to end the company’s season. The play has been reimagined by Robert Farquhar for this production. We follow its protagonist, Peer Gynt as he travels the world in search of adventure and freedom. We follow his life as he travels through time from past to present to future from war torn Britain to the end of the world as he searches for a sense of fulfilment and happiness.

 

 

>TICKETS FOR ALL EVERYMAN COMPANY SHOWS WILL BE JUST £5 FOR LJMU STUDENTS! To reserve your tickets nearer the time, just contact the Box Office in person or on 0151 709 4776. Make sure you take your student ID card with you on collection.

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Countdown to Christmas

We know, we know… it’s still November! But with term-end quickly approaching, we want to make sure you get into the Christmas spirit and make the most of all your Christmas offers. So without further ado, here is your 2017 Countdown to Christmas!

The Scouse Nativity
When: Tuesday 28th & Wednesday 29th November
Where: Royal Court Theatre
How much: £5

The Royal Court are back this winter with another fantastic Christmas panto, and The Scouse Nativity promises to bring more barrels of laughs than ever before. A comical re-telling of the traditional story of Christmas with a lovely Liverpool twist, this show is selling out fast, so get your £5 LJMU tickets asap! The free Monday night tickets have sadly already sold out.

Open Culture: Winter Arts Market
When: Saturday 2nd December
Where: Liverpool Cathedral
How much: £3 per adult (under 16s go free)

Kicking off the Christmas season, Open Culture’s Winter Arts Market is the perfect place to make a start on your Christmas shopping. With over 200 arts and crafts stalls, plus vintage and food fairs downstairs, it could be the perfect day out to get you feeling festive or provide some decoration inspo!

First Ladies of Swing: Ella, Lena and More
When: Saturday 2nd December
Where: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
How much: FREE for LJMU students

Swing on into the Christmas season with the gorgeous vocals of Clare Teal and the big band sound of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra! Recreating classics like ‘Singin’ In The Rain’ and ‘Feeling Good’, the signature sounds of a bygone era could be a perfect early Christmas present for you to take a parent or friend; not to mention one that’s easy on the purse strings.

 

The Little Mermaid
When: Saturday 25th November to Saturday 20th January 2018
Where: Everyman Theatre
How much: £10-£30

Liverpool’s favourite rock ‘n’ roll pantomime is back at the Everyman for another year and WE COULD NOT BE HAPPIER. This year they bring us The Little Mermaid, and it promises to be as clam-packed full of songs, dances and laughs as always! As a Christmas treat, your Student Opportunities Team will be running a City Social to see the brilliance unfold on Tuesday 5th December at 1:30pm; this means FREE tickets for one of Liverpool’s most popular shows so reserve your plaice quick if you want to come along!

Liverpool SU: Home Alone in the Dome
When: Friday 1st December at 7pm
Where: Roscoe Gardens
How much: £4

Join your Liverpool Students’ Union and Independent Liverpool for a screening of the Christmas classic ‘Home Alone’ in a unique cinema setting. With fairy lights, mulled wine and a Christmas jumper competition, you’ll leave this event with all the warm, fuzzy, festive feels!

Home Alone Themed Bar
When: Tuesday 5th December to Thursday 28th December 2017
Where: Ghetto Golf Liverpool
How much: £15 per ticket (not including booking fee)

If you feel like to need even more Home Alone in your life after the LSU film screening, why not head down to Ghetto Golf to check out their pop-up bar. Tickets include a free drink, a Christmas party pack and loads of live music at the venue, which has been transformed into the perfect Christmas living room – ideal for recreating some of your favourite scenes!

 

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
When: Saturday 9th December to Saturday 13th January 2018
Where: Playhouse Theatre
How much: £5 LJMU student tickets

It might not be the most Christmassy Christmas show ever, but the Playhouse’s Baskerville looks set to bring immense talent, mysterious happenings and a hilarious night out for all the family/flatmates! A take on the classic novel The Hound of the Baskervilles, this play sees 5 actors bringing 42 vivid characters to life. You can also join other students and your Student Opps Team for a City Social on Monday 11th December where we will be taking part in a mystery event before watching the show – tickets are limited for get in quick.

Bombed Out Church Christmas Market
When: Saturday 9th December
Where: St. Luke’s Church, Berry Street
How much: Free

Where better for a Christmas Market than the beautiful Bombed Out Church?! The fantastic space will be full of local Liverpool creatives selling their craft, plus there’s a chance for you to bring your own clothes, gifts, toiletries, food and more for the amazing ‘Shoebox Full of Love’ for the homeless and less fortunate this Christmas. We’d recommend a visit to the fabulous Fudgin stall; you can pick up some tasty treats which will make perfect prezzies for friends and family!

Frozen Sing-Along
When: Saturday 9th December
Where: Camp & Furnace
How much: £3.50 per ticket (All proceeds go to Shelter!)

A huge room full of people coming together to sing-along to Disney family favourite ‘Frozen’ whilst raising money for a fantastic charity for the homeless – can you BE anymore full of festive cheer? All together now… “Let it goooo, let it gooooooooooo…!”

 

Christmas Shopping Down at the Docks
When: Throughout December
Where: Albert Dock
How much: How much is in the bank?!

Struggling to think of interesting Christmas gifts? Look no further than the Albert Dock. Other than getting you completely in the Christmas spirit with all the festive decorations, they’ve got some weird and wonderful shops down there which you be sure to find any difficult Christmas prezzies in. The Tate Liverpool gift shop is a fab place for unique prezzies such as custom prints, jewellery and interior decorations, and with 10% off for LJMU students you might even save yourself some pennies.

Sing-Along With Santa
When: Saturday 16th December at 11:30am
Where: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
How much: FREE for LJMU students

Another must visit over the Christmas season is the Liverpool Philharmonic. There are Christmas events aplenty, but perhaps none lovelier than this annual family favourite! Join Santa and his friends from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Children’s Choir for a sing-along sesh like no other – all the classics but the louder the better! All LJMU students are entitled to two free tickets for the 11:30am event on Saturday 16th December, so bring along a son, daughter, niece, nephew, brother or sister and have a jolly good time.

Christmas Concerts at the Cathedral
When: Across December
Where: Liverpool Cathedral
How much: Prices range per concert – find further info here.

The Liverpool Cathedral is beautiful at all times, but at Christmas it is something else. Throughout December, you are invited to partake in an array of glorious concerts performed by numerous schools, colleges and choir groups across Liverpool. You could even make a day of it and use your free tower trip pass before one of the concerts and see the city sights and lights twinkle from above. Best get stretching your vocal chords!

8 Best Mate-Dates in Liverpool

By Lewis Wren, Student Opportunities Intern

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Your next City Social event is a FREE screening of Victoria and Abdul at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, a tale of unexpected friendship between Queen Victoria and her servant. So we decided to choose 8 of the best things to do in Liverpool for the ideal mate date.

‘Victoria & Abdul’ at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

Tuesday 21st November @ 7:30pm

Price: FREE LJMU Student Tickets

Why not come along to the City Social for a FREE film about the ultimate mate-date? Starring Judi Dench in a ‘captivating’ performance as Queen Victoria, the monarch strikes up an unlikely friendship with her servant, Abdul Karim. Don’t forget to join the Student Opps Team beforehand for some mate related games! Check the Student Opps Facebook page for more details.

The Baltic Market

Open Thursday-Sunday (check their Facebook for extended Christmas opening hours)

FREE entry

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To say Liverpool’s first food hall has been successful since it opened in June would be a huge understatement. Every week it seems to bring something new, from film screenings to their ever-changing array of independent food vendors, they’re doing a great job at proving you can get everything you need under one roof. Take a mate and get some halloumi fries or an ice cream roll, or both, and enjoy their brand new mezzanine space (coming soon).

Liverpool Cathedral: The Tower Experience

Open Daily 10:00 – 17:00 (Last ticket 16:30. Weekend times vary)

FREE for you and a friend

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As an LJMU student you can get FREE tickets for you and a friend to access the top of the Liverpool Cathedral tower, where you can see the only open air 360˚ view of Liverpool and beyond at ‘500ft above sea level.’ Whilst you’re up there, why not take a picture of your favourite view from the tower and share it with us. #tweetfromthetower

‘The Scouse Nativity’ at The Royal Court Theatre

24th Nov – 13th Jan

£5 tickets for LJMU students for shows on the 28th and 29th November

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What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than by going on a mate date to see a nativity like no other. Join Terry, a lonely Shepard who faces a decision between going to see what lies under that bright star in the distance and going to the pub with his mates for Christmas drinks. As an LJMU student you get up to 4 tickets on your discount, so your mate doesn’t have to be a student to ‘unlock the secrets of the Gospel according to Terry’ in the Nativity like you’ve never seen it before.

Citybike

Available 24/7 around the City

Annual memberships from £25 for students

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Citybikes are a great way to get around the city or explore further afield, so whether you’re going for a relaxing ride by the docks, or heading up to Sefton Park, you can take out two of the hundreds of Citybikes dotted around the city and campuses for just a few pounds a day. Citybike also currently have a limited offer of a huge 50% discount for LJMU students on annual memberships, meaning you can get access to Citybikes for as little as £25 a year.

Hot Water Comedy Club

7 days a week

FREE/discounted tickets for students

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Why not try a night out at ‘Liverpool’s only purpose built comedy venue.’ Complete with a bar and restaurant, the 160 seat performance space on Seel Street is run by two brothers who pride themselves on showcasing a wide range of comedy, from brand new and upcoming talent to ‘The finest headliners and TV names from across the UK and beyond.’

Out of the Bedroom: Open mic night at Leaf

Every Tuesday evening at 20:30

FREE

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Leaf has been at the heart of Bold Street for seven years now, and in that time they’ve established some pretty special evenings of entertainment. One of them is an open mic night that showcases some of the very best upcoming musical talent from the Liverpool area. Get yourself and a mate down to Leaf on a Tuesday evening for some posh tea and live music in possibly the most relaxing place for a mate date in Liverpool.

Team Sport Go Karting

Open Every Day

From £15 for Students

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Fancy something to get the blood racing? A multi-level 850m go kart track will probably do the trick. Based a short drive outside of L1, you and a mate could strap in and reach speeds of up to 40km per hour. As an LJMU student, you get discount on bookings, plus afterwards refuel with a hot dog and a beer for a fiver – loser pays! 

For further information on any of our exclusive student deals, email us on studentopportunities@ljmu.ac.uk or follow us on social media to keep updated @LJMUStudentOpps