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Lorry Theatre took place very early in the Blackie's history  and it was the first attempt of working with communities in the open air.  Bill Harpe directed the event and, not surpringly, his Report On Lorry Theatre considers the role of the arts and artists when working with audiences who traditionally have had little or no relationships with either. LORRY THEATRE EXPEDITION 1969. DIRECTOR'S REPORT  "More art for more people" is a dangerous…

 

Created : Monday, July 17, 2017 - 16:04
Updated : Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 13:50

 

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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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This was our first visual arts activity and was a way of decorating the basement area in what was, when we moved in, a very dilapidated building. At the time the building was uded by a number of groups

 

Created : Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 12:05
Updated : Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 16:38

 

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This was the third and last of three concerts directed by Bill Harpe and commissioned by The Bluecoat Arts Forum as part of their Musica Viva series. Left a photo of the programme  cover for the Concert     The Programme for the Concert was as follows:- Concert of Live Electronic Music Performed by Hugh Davies and Richard Orton. David Bahrem          Wave Train, for piano and electronic equipment (1966) Richard Orton           Piano Ring (…

 

Created : Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 16:31
Updated : Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 07:09

 

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Below is a (necessarily incomplete) discography of electronic and concrete music. With the exception of deleted records (i.e., available only at second-hand) all records may be obtained at, or ordered at Rare Records Ltd., 36, John Dalton St., Manchester. Tel: 0161-832-73/5 Unless otherwise indicated, all records are 12" L.P.'s. Jean Barraque ''Etude'  Barclay 89.OO5 Pierre Boulez, 'Etudes 11. Barclay 89.005 Herbert Eimert, 'Four Electronic…

 

Created : Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 15:53
Updated : Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 07:09

 

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Promoted by The Bluecoat Arts Forum at The Mountford Hall and directed by Bill Harpe; this was not a Blackie event.  Indeed the Blackie was not formally launched until  in May 1968.  It is included within the archive for several reasons:- a) Because Bill was setting up the Blackie at this time, and started activities in the building in October 1967 b) Because it illustrates a strand of music which the Blackie went on to promote c) It was the…

 

Created : Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 14:07
Updated : Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 07:09

 

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The creation of an environment daily for four weeks. We have very limited paperwork and few photographs of what was one of our very first visual arts projects but what we do have clearly lays out principles which have informed our work ever since those early days.  The following are quotes from the original Press Release and Invitation to people to take part. " One of the main problems of art is that is at the top you have the best ballet…

 

Created : Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 17:43
Updated : Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 07:09

 

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Have no idea what this event was. We simply have a record that it happened.  It was a private event - which meant by invitation only - and cost the princely sum of  £3.00.   Given the title we suspect that it was an event which included participants painting an area, having tea and coffee and listening to the group Manic Depression.   However this would be a good opportunity to mention Medium who were a group of young people who published a…

 

Created : Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 19:38
Updated : Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 07:09

 

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Created : Friday, August 2, 2013 - 09:42
Updated : Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 13:10

 

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 1960s 1970s  Ken Cambell's Road Show - Bar Room Tales  Theatre Laboratoire Vicinal - Lunapark  Jennie Carroll and Judith Bludell from the Slade school of Art Theatre design created respectively  Inferno and Room of Roots     1980s 2000s 2010      

 

Created : Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 10:07
Updated : Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 07:09

 

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