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Action Space was a Company, based in London,  which started at around the same time as the Blackie. It roots lay in the visual arts. It was set up by Mary and Ken Turner, their friends and artists who shared their concerns about the role of the arts in society. Anyone who is interested in Community Arts should read Mary Turner's  book 'Action Space Extended'  which charts the history of the Company and its many manifestations. Action Space used…

 

Created : Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 13:03
Updated : Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 07:09

 

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Bob Cobbing was the major exponent of concrete, visual and sound poetry in Britain. Long after its international heyday in the 1960s, he continued to produce visual texts that were also scores for performance, many of them published as booklets by his Writers' Forum press, and launched at its associated workshop. The photos below were taken in Liverpool by Dave Kilburn, we think around the same time as Bob read his work at the Blackie.   The…

 

Created : Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 16:47
Updated : Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 07:09

 

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Sakoba was founded in 1987 by Bode Lawal (dancer and choreographer) and Ola Adeniran (musician and writer).  Sakoba is Yoruba for 'new dawn'' or 'new beginnings'.  The name reflects the Company's commitment to creating new work in Britain drawing on traditional African sources, developing character and creativity  within African dance in the UK and promoting the tradition of story telling theatre. Sakoba  regularly visited the Blackie in the…

 

Created : Friday, June 22, 2018 - 19:29
Updated : Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 07:24

 

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Saltaire Dance is no more than a virtually undetectable small blip on the profile of the recently established National Curriculum for schools. It can surely only be because this Curriculum has been created by a non-dancing quango. For dance, as the IREI! Dance Theatre (who are on national tour; for information telephone 081-6916099) demonstrated recently at Saltaire's Victoria Hall in the company of students from Bradford's Belmont Middle…

 

Created : Monday, June 18, 2018 - 17:27
Updated : Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 07:24

 

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IRIE! dance theatre - Background IRIE! dance theatre was founded in 1985 with a primary aim to heighten the profile of black dance and dancers in Britain. The need for the company came out of the work developed by Beverley Glean as Dance Animateur at the Albany Empire in Deptford, (now known as The Albany) in South East London; where she was exploring the movement language of the Caribbean fused with movement from her contemporary dance…

 

Created : Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 11:30
Updated : Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 07:24

 

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Lorry Theatre was the first out door event staged by The Blackie,  below is part of the Press Release sent out prior to the event. "The proposal is for a Lorry Theatre Expedition. - jointly promoted by the Merseyside Arts Association and Great Georges - to tour 8/l2 open-air sites in Merseyside during the last two weeks in August. The performances themselves would not be given from the lorry; the lorry itself is seen simply as a means of…

 

Created : Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 16:51
Updated : Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 07:09

 

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 Da Bei Feng was, when he first came to the Blackie, called Ed George.  He worked as a member of staff from April 1970 until June 1972.  He then changed his name to Da Bei Feng and took up a number of Chinese activities including Calligraphy and Kite making. He died young and we have been left with his kites - now somewhat the worse for wear.  We use them to decorate the building during Chinese New Year and on other appropriate occasions. Below…

 

Created : Friday, April 21, 2017 - 16:48
Updated : Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 07:09

 

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The Last Poets (Jalal Mansur  Nuriddin and Suliaman El-Hadi) made their second visit to the Blackie during the 20th Birthday Celebrations when, as part of Stephen Knox's & Jimmy Tagoe's Party,  they performed in concert backed by local musicians, Stuart Kershaw(drums) and Lloyd Massett (guitar).(Above photo of the Last Poets performing )  To read about their first visit which took place in December 1985 click here The concert took place in…

 

Created : Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 15:01
Updated : Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 07:09

 

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Sally Morris' & Judy Bates, (now Gough)  Party 12 noon The Guo Brothers - on the steps of the dome. Above the Guo Brothers playing on the dome steps and people watching them 3pm The dansant  - an afternoon of ballroom dancing hosted by Roland Miller  and Shirley Cameron with top ballroom dancers The Taylors. This was in the tradition of afternoon tea dances.  It was hosted by the performance artists Shirley Cameron and Roland Miller…

 

Created : Friday, January 27, 2017 - 18:46
Updated : Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 14:19

 

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Stephen Knox and Jimmy Tagoe created the last of the three parties. The Programme 12pm - 2pm   Pat Rodaway : guitar and song - in the Gallery.  Pat Rodaway had been coming to the Blackie since he was a young lad.  He performed on the gallery stage but currently we do not have any  photos of this. 2pm   Tommy Jones :  Goyararu Karate - in the basement Above Martial Arts in the basement This was an event where people could either watch or take…

 

Created : Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 17:22
Updated : Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 07:09

 

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