Alan Dunn, Bluecoat, Jack Roberts, Liverpool, Malcolm Lowry, Mariner's Park, Martin Heslop, Merchant Seafarers, Mersey Wylie, Vidar Norheim, Wallasey
Dream of a storm invited / dream of a ghostly carousel
Dream of a fire ignited / in the engine rooms of Hell…
Fri 28 July 8.30pm – 10.00pm
The Lighthouse Invites the Storm (electric)
In tandem with the Malcolm Lowry Under the Volcano conference, artists Alan Dunn, Jeff Young and Martin Heslop have been commissioned to explore Lowry’s relationship with his New Brighton birthplace, working with retired merchant seafarers from Mariners’ Park.
For the performance The Lighthouse Invites the Storm Martin Heslop and Jeff Young will be joined onstage by Liverpool’s musical maverick Jack Roberts, multi-instrumentalist Vidar Norheim and singer-songwriter Mersey Wylie. Encompassing live music, film projection, spoken word and songs, this mesmerising new piece weaves together Lowry’s alcoholic visions, the dreams and memories of retired mariners, and the forces of river and ocean to take the audience on a Lowryesque journey into the heart of the storm.
Sat 29 July 7pm
The Lighthouse Invites the Storm (acoustic)
Mariners’ Park Care Home, Royden Avenue, Wallasey, CH44 0HN
There are limited tickets available for the Saturday performance, to book your ticket click here.
Looking out over the Mersey itself, Mariners’ Park – home to retired seafarers – plays host to this evening of live music, spoken word, readings and songs in tribute to Malcolm Lowry, drawing on the memories and experiences of the merchant seamen of Mariners’ Park. Performed by Martin Heslop, Jeff Young, Jack Roberts, Vidar Norheim and Helen Tookey.
In addition to the performances at Bluecoat and Mariners’ Park there will be a variety of other opportunities to engage with the project, including
- A poster-work at Merseyrail stations;
- artworks distributed free in the Wirral Globe
- A Day of the Dead download mix by Dunn, Balam Ronan and Phil Legard
- An open afternoon, The Leaving of Liverpool, at Mariners’ Park on Wed 26 Jul, 2.30 – 4pm, Friday 28 Jul, 2.30-4pm, and Saturday 29 Jul, 2.30-4pm, programmed by Roger Cliffe-Thompson with content courtesy of National Museums Liverpool (Merseyside Maritime Museum) – an opportunity to meet retired seafarers and see displays and artefacts.
To find out more about these related events please visit The Lighthouse Invites the Storm website.
Visit the Bluecoat Lowry event page for more information about the Malcolm Lowry conference: Under the Volcano, 70 Years On.
aless castagni said:
Hello Jeff – I’ve always respected you as a writer. I’ve ordered your book Ghost Town and am really looking forward to reading it with interest. I’d really like to sit down and share a couple of coffees and discuss a possible collaboration for an idea I have for a play/book about the history of New Ferry. Send me a message when you have a moment. PS – If you can’t remember who I am – you were very kind enough at a reading I did at the Everyman for a Swan night a few years back, to comment on my writing, when I read from my piece “shoes” and then I joined the Everyman writers group.