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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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Reading List for Education For All   1870 Education Act* 1944 Education Act* Half Our Future by Sir John Newsham* 1870 Education Act Folder Much Ado About Education by Anne Corbett Democracy and Education by John Dewey (especially chapter 1. - Education as a Necessity of Life & Chapter 2 - Education as a Social Function) * The School That I'd Like by Edward Blishen (espcially chapters - All Kid Are equal & This Almighty God)* Into Work…

 

Created : Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 16:32
Updated : Monday, November 27, 2017 - 14:39

 

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Created : Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 13:55
Updated : Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 13:55

 

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Education For All was the third of the Blackie's participatory theatre shows. It was commissioned jointly by St Helen's Council through its Education Department and North West Arts.  It celebrated the 100th anniversary of the 1870 Education Act. Preparations for the Show started with research - all possible participants were provided with a Reading List much of which was compulsory. ( The Reading List can be accessed by clicking here). So by the…

 

Created : Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 16:49
Updated : Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 07:09

 

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Second Sight was the Blackie's Summer Theatre in 1977.  It was inspired by 1971's Summer theatre  Gifts To A City  but focused on photography. As in previous years the people who ran Second Sight also worked on playschemes around the City.  In this instance they worked on 4 playschemes playing photographic games based on Silhouettes. The Idea   Second Sight was about using photography to get people to look again. This ranged from highlighting…

 

Created : Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 11:45
Updated : Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 07:09

 

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Please note that unlike most parts of this archive, photos on this page do not necessarily enlarge as they are, in some cases, screen grabs from a DVD of a film and do not therefore have a level of quality which allows for succesful enlargement.   Magic In The Parks was the Blackie's Summer Theatre for 1970 The Idea was to create a piece of outdoor theatre which would provide  Left photo of the 'Aztec Temple' which provided a focus for the…

 

Created : Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 16:22
Updated : Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 07:09

 

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This was the Blackie's second piece of model theatre on the education system - the first in 1970 was "Education for All". Educational Darts was created at the invitation of the Liverpool EPA (Educational Priority Areas) project in conjunction with the Vauxhall Home Office Project and the WEA (Workers Educational Association). Left image from publicity poster It took place at Salisbury Centre, Salisbury Street, Liverpool 3 and was performed on…

 

Created : Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 13:27
Updated : Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 07:09

 

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  GOING AWAY GAMES Game 1  Fill in the form below - the questions can be answered in any order you desire - the completed form should be handed to the people in the coffee bar in the room below. 1.  Do you have more fingers and toes than      the font has leaves?                                         ______  2.  Can you obscure one of the rosettes round the balcony with      your left hand?                                               …

 

Created : Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 12:33
Updated : Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 12:45

 

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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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