won't be long now...
THE response to The Liverpool
Shakespeare Festival from the people of Liverpool has been more than
we could have hoped for. Five weeks before the premiere, several
performances are now fully booked and the others are filling up
Without wanting to give too much away, our production has a
Victorian flavour and exists in a world where magic is very real
indeed. Our witches will be played by every member of the company,
and our team of technicians and stage illusionists been working
overtime to bring you some incredible special effects. As for
We are proud to announce the confirmed cast for Macbeth. After an
exhaustive audition process, we have assembled exactly the right
team of actors for the job. Every member of our creative and
production team lives in and around Liverpool.
Cast in alphabetical order:-
Lady Macbeth – Ruth Alexander-Rubin
Lennox / Bloody Sergeant – Harry Arkwright
Macbeth – Simon Hedger
Donalbain / Seyton – Gray Hughes
Macduff – Richard Kelly
Ross – Michael Neary
Duncan / Porter – Iain Ormsby-Knox
Malcolm – Ben Stott
Banquo – Liam Tobin
Lady Macduff – Haz Webb
Rehearsals for Macbeth begin on 23 July 2007. Lodestar members are
invited to attend an open rehearsal on Wednesday 8 August 2007 in St
There is still time for you to get involved in the production. If
you would like to learn firsthand more about how a show like this
works or if you would simply like to be part of a creative team,
please get in touch by
Letters To Editor:-
"Help our volunteer museum please!"
"WE are a volunteer run museum
that receives no funding and survives on a small admission charge ,
donations and the generosity of veterans and staff, we have just
gone through a phase of expansion into additional space that will
allow us to take on bigger displays and carry out restoration
projects that will be viewable by the public, we now need to attract
further visitors to the museum and hope by some kind of article in
your newspaper this may help us, we rely on visitor income to allow
the museum devlop and expand, if you follow the museum link below
you can learn more about us, a brief summay follows.
The RAF Millom Museum operates in partnership with the Lancashire
Aircraft Investigation Team, South Lancashire Aviation Research and
Peak District Air Crash Research were the collections of these
groups are displayed, at the museum we cover the aviation and
military history of the North West which includes Lancashire,
Cumbria, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, North Cheshire, North Wales
and the Peak District.
We have assisted in the publication of numerous books and articles
and the making of a number of television programmes including in
2004 the filming of an episode of Channel 4's "Time Team"
archaeological program where two American A-26 Invaders aircraft
were recovered from a marsh near Preston. Talks/presentations are
also undertaken to various organisations.
We aim to research and record the aviation heritage of our region
and where appropriate to recover and preserve associated artifacts.
Whilst our primary interest is in the air war over the North West of
England during WW2, our research extends back to the earliest days
of aviation, during which the region played a prominent role. During
WW2 the region was largely associated with training of aircrews and
aircraft building and maintenance, although it is true that
Manchester and Liverpool suffered badly during the Blitz. Thus most
of the incidents we research involve accidents during training or
testing of aircraft. Though the human cost was none the less tragic
for the families of those who lost their lives or the memory of
their sacrifice any the less important. Wherever possible we try to
ensure that the results of our research and any finds we uncover go
on public display and regularly organise temporary displays at local
libraries, museums and occasionally schools.
An important part of our group's activities is the publishing of the
findings of our research on the group's websites. These sites are
regularly updated with new information on ongoing research projects
and detailed accounts of new projects as they develop. In this way
we are able to share the results of our work and have built up an
extensive network of contacts with aviation historians and writers
world-wide, who in turn share information with us.
Therefore we are appealing for those with memories of the war/home
front etc to contact the Museum or a regional with personal
recollections and photographs or memorabilia etc to add to a
permanent display on life here in the North West. Any person doing
so will receive free admission to the museum. We would also gladly
receive any donation or loan of material to enhance and further grow
the displays for the benefit of future donations. However small a
donation or loan may be it will gladly be appreciated and collection
can also usually be arranged.
I hope you may be able to assist us in some way to keep the museum
moving forward and providing a valuable resource for the region."
Star Wars Celebration Europe!
WE were invited, between 13 July
07 to 15 July, 2007, along with
www.scifimachines.com to the
first ever Celebration event held outside the U S, run by Lucasfilm
Ltd. and The Cards Inc. Group. This shared many of the highlights of
Celebration IV in Los Angeles plus some added extras.
The occasion was to mark the 30th
Anniversary of Star Wars. Many do not realise that many of the sound
sets were built and shot in the UK, for most of the films and that
huge amounts of computer graphic design work on the latest films
were UK constructed. "I'm thrilled that we're finally going to
have an official Star Wars event in the U.K., and especially to
celebrate 30 years of the saga. George Lucas has referred to the
London area as the 'spiritual home' of Star Wars since four of the
movies were shot here, making this the ideal site for our first
Celebration Europe event." said Steve Sansweet, Lucasfilm's
head of fan relations.
"Star Wars has always been a
global phenomenon, and the UK has long been our second-largest fan
base after the US." Sansweet added, "With the
continuing strength of Star Wars, it made sense to extend
Celebration to Europe and I'm delighted have been working with one
of our top European licensees, Cards Inc., as our partner on the
The event was to hold many surprises for
us and one of them was the connection with cast members and
Liverpool! More in a few weeks on that one... Star Wars Celebration
events have been held regularly in the U.S. since 1999 and are the
ultimate festival of all things Star Wars, for enthusiasts of all
ages and this one was no exception to the rule. The event was filled
with live entertainment, celebrities from all six movies, special
film and video presentations, an exhibit of movie props and
costumes, exclusive merchandise, pop culture tributes, interactive
events, a costume contest and much else. It also included a large
screening of episode four, outside. Not surprisingly, we found many
fans from Southport and Formby as well as from Liverpool at the
event, many of whom were involved on the countless stands.
John Thompson from
"It was a fantastic show, with huge amounts of energy. I was really
shocked when I got a call from Lucasfilms to head on over and
exhibit part of my collection of arcade machines at the event. I
have always been a fan of Star Wars and this was a dream come true.
It is fantastic as well that the UK has been recognised for its role
in the ground breaking films."
Congratulations to all involved in this
fantastic event, we hope you run it again soon in the UK and Good
Luck for another 30 years of Star Wars....
HAPPY BIRTHDAY STAR WARS!!!
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