Liverpool Underlined

Liverpool Underlined

Liverpool Underlined is a new visitor’s guide to Liverpool, designed for tourists and locals alike who want to find out about the city’s best bars, restaurants, shopping, hotels and attractions.

The site has hundreds of entries on Liverpool’s highlights, whether you want to know where to eat, where to drink, where to stay and where to visit in Liverpool. There are guides to what’s on, things to do and things to see on Merseyside – plus reviews of the city’s live entertainment in terms of theatre, music, art and festivals.

Visitor’s guide to Liverpool

The site is split into two separate elements, a city guide to Liverpool featuring profiles, information and views on the city’s best attractions, plus contact information, social media profiles and images.

The second part of the site has reviews and features on Liverpool on making the most of Liverpool, giving insider information on Liverpool’s best hidden secrets. There’s also the best burgers in Liverpool, guides to the best pubs in Liverpool, restaurant reviews and the latest from Liverpool theatres.

Visit LiverpoolUnderlined – a user’s guide to Liverpool.

Berkoff’s Oedipus at the Playhouse

Berkoff’s Oedipus was never going to be dull. It had masterpiece or car-crash written all over it, but it was never going to be dull.

This most theatrical of British actors has turned his attention to one of the most enduring and florid texts in the medium. You can expect fireworks. I suspect few who have seen Berkoff’s effort at the Liverpool Playhouse went away disappointed.

Berkoff directs his actors in tableaux, as if constructing a moving image from millions of separate stills. Every scene is a sight to behold, with actors contorting and writhing into different shapes and poses; mouths agape or clenched in horror, admiration, revulsion or angst. It mirrors the mannered speech of Berkoff’s players, though the lines are never stilted; there’s a smooth rhythm to it all that’s quite entrancing.

At the centre of everything is Simon Merrells, a huge and apparently effortless performance that pitches Oedipus as part-Berkoff, part-Blair. The play begins with him at the centre of a long table and he remains at the centre – everything radiating out from him. He absolutely commands the play, as befits the character on whom everything hinges.

There are problems; the play threatens to sag as Oedipus staggers towards the inevitable and the stylised choreography may grate on some.

But as a kissing cousin of Berkoff’s previous Greek, Oedipus is a fascinating, unnerving and deeply affecting production brought to life by a virtually flawless cast.

There’s a fuller review over at SevenStreets

Merry Xmas from the Culture Blog

It’s quiet in here these days, as anything I’m writing about Liverpool is likely to go on SevenStreets.

However, the odd thing seems to crop up that doesn’t belong on SS (an unfortunate abbreviation, admittedly) that I’ll whack on the blog.

Here’s a good example, our very own Dave The Pap getting up close and personal with Empire panto star Pamela Anderson (though not as close as several rock stars appear to get on various internet films).

Verily, our cockles are warmed.

Have a good one.