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“Creative, complex, networked, innovative, realistic.” Sam Meech on the North

May 9, 2013 in Blog

sam_10_webSam Meech designed all the film and projection for Wondrous Place.

Top 3 experiences that you can’t get anywhere else?

Ship n Mitre pub
Statue of Queen Victoria with a penis
IBS Office furniture warehouse

You’ve got to emigrate to Australia. What three things would you miss most?

Everything is pretty concentrated in Liverpool – so much stuff in a small space. I’d miss that ease of walking to where-ever.

Ken Martin and the View Two Gallery on Matthew St – great bloke and lovely gallery space

My studio, and the other freelancers I work with.

Your city is a person – choose three words that describe their personality.

imaginative
narky
open

What are your top three favourite phrases or words that you won’t you hear anywhere else?

There used to be a website called Overheard in Liverpool which was brilliant, lots of absurd things people come out with, but sadly its no longer around.
In its absence, some choice word’s would be “beastin’” or “la”. But really you’re as likely to hear 20 different languages.

What’s tunes should be on the ultimate soundtrack? Choose three – include song title and artist.

Nothing by the Beatles. I used to love them but I’m fed up of them now.

I’m going for artists still based in Liverpool:

Wave Machines – Punk Spirit
John Smith – Watch Her Die
Lizzie Nunnery – Englands Loves a Poor Boy With a Gun

What three clichés about the North of England piss you off the most?

for Liverpool:

the self-inflicted reductive branding of the city skyline, as if all it is is two cathedrals, a radio tower and a lamb-banana
the self-inflicted reductive branding of culture as just the beatles and two football teams

for the North

it being ‘grim’. Its not ‘grim’. its not removed. Its extremely creative, complex, networked, innovative, realistic.

What are your Top 3 things that you are you tired of hearing about your city?

The Beatles
Liverpool FC
Everton FC

A Sgt Pepper Album cover celebrating your city. Which three people – alive or dead, from the past or present – should be on the cover?

No one, I’m not doing Sgt Pepper, for the reasons above.

“The whole city at sunrise from The View in Everton Park” Natasia on Liverpool.

May 9, 2013 in Blog

Natasia HodgeNatasia Hodge is Wondrous Place’s Assistant Stage Manager.

Top 3 Liverpool experiences that you can’t get anywhere else?

Sitting on the docks watching the river roll in and all your worries wash out.
Looking out over the whole city at sunset/sunrise at The View in Everton Park – breath taking.
Becoming best mates with anyone and everyone you meet! Be it the pub, the street or in a queue!

You’ve got to immigrate to Australia. What three things would you miss most about Liverpool?

Scouse sense of humour – everyone is a comedian!
Hope Street! Two theatres, two Cathedrals, the best bars and restaurants in the city, 1 dance studio, a yoga centre…but to name a few!
Pan of scouse and unlimited crusty cobs!

Liverpool is a person – choose three words that describe their personality.

Funny
Creative
Loyal

What your three favourite Liverpool phrases or words that you won’t you hear anywhere else?

Yer ma – insult
Boss- complement
I’m telling ya – in agreement

What’s tunes should be on the ultimate Liverpool soundtrack? Choose three – include song title and artist.

You’ll Never Walk Alone – Once Rodger and Hammerstein now 100% LFC fans
Penny Lane – The Beatles
Tell me it’s Not True – Blood Brothers

What three clichés about the North of England piss you off the most?

The North is grim and run down – Liverpool has the second largest growing economy in the UK, second to London.
It always rains up North. Yes it rains, but that’s Britain not just up North!
We’re all working class up North. We just work hard! (whatever working class means anyway, we’re all human at the end of the day!)

What are your Top 3 things that you are you tired of hearing about Liverpool?

We’ll rob your watch, and anything else we can find – Liverpool is statistically the safest city to live in the UK with the lowest crime rate after Newcastle. (good on ya Newcastle too!)
Any upset or lies regarding and surrounding our football fans.
Impressions of the scouse accent in general and sterotyping our ladies to be all dumb (Desperate Scousewives did not help mind!)

A Sgt Pepper Album cover celebrating Liverpool. Which three people – alive or dead, from the past or present – should be on the cover?

Ken Dodd
Ricky Tomlinson
John Lennon

“I live here, in this magnificent place, and I am proud.” Elise Avery on Liverpool

May 9, 2013 in Blog

Elise AveryElise Avery is Wondrous Place’s Deputy Stage Manager.

Top 3 Liverpool experiences that you can’t get anywhere else?

Arriving into Lime street station any time of the day or night and within 5 minutes having someone make you laugh or smile and feel all warm and fuzzy inside, normally without even knowing it. That’s when I know I’m home.

A pint in a plastic cup from The Cambridge sitting in the sun in Abercrombie Square. (A throwback to my uni days) Come to think of it, a decent pint in any of the great pubs- Ye Cracke, The Grapes, The Pilgrim, The Fly in the Loaf…

Standing anywhere at the docks, or in any of the churches or in any of the parks or museums or anywhere else, in fact, and watching tourists and visitors ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ and thinking ‘yes. I live here, in this magnificent place, and I am proud. This is my special place.’

You’ve got to emigrate to Australia. What three things would you miss most about Liverpool?

The huge variety in the accent and local antics
The incredible skyline, particularly at night
The purple wheelie bins
The sound of the all season ice cream van, the one you hear but never see, and apparently sells ‘special sprinkles’

Liverpool is a person – choose three words that describe their personality.

Bold
engulfing
LOUD

What your three favourite Liverpool phrases or words that you won’t you hear anywhere else?

Eh/alreet Laaaa
Our kid/ Kidda or our (insert name)
Boss

What’s tunes should be on the ultimate Liverpool soundtrack? Choose three – include song title and artist.

I detest the Wombats but the opening line of ‘lets dance to joy division’ –‘I’m back in Liverpool and everything seems the same’ pops into my head every time I return home after being away for a period of time.
You’ll never walk alone- Gerry and the Pacemakers
He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother- Justice collective. (For the sentiment, and because people I know were involved in recording it)

What three clichés about the North of England piss you off the most?

Everyone is poor, on benefits, just out for what they can get.
All the women are cheap or easy.
All meals consist of pie, chips and gravy.

What are your Top 3 things that you are you tired of hearing about Liverpool?

It’s not as good as Manchester!
They have horrible accents
That your car will be on blocks if you leave it unattended for 5 minutes or other associated crime based comments. Compared to living in London I feel incredibly safe here, almost like the city scoops me up and carries me home late of a night.

A Sgt Pepper Album cover celebrating Liverpool. Which three people – alive or dead, from the past or present – should be on the cover?

John Lennon, Bill Kenwright, John Bishop

“Boss”, “Is right”, “Sound”. Adam Search’s favourite Liverpool words.

May 3, 2013 in Blog

Adam-photoAdam Search is an actor in Wondrous Place.

Top 3 experiences that you can’t get anywhere else?

. A game at Anfield
. Singing Beatles on karaoke in the city it’s from, in the street they played
. Scouse family christening/wake/party
 
 
You’ve got to emigrate to Australia. What three things would you miss most?

Comedy
Frankness/honesty
Guile/streetsmarts

Your city is a person – choose three words that describe their personality.

Witty
Tough
Clued up

What are your top three favourite phrases or words that you won’t you hear anywhere else?

Boss
Is right
Sound

What’s tunes should be on the ultimate soundtrack? Choose three – include song title and artist.

Within you without you – Beatles
YNWA – Gerry and the pacemakers
Hey Jude – Beatles
There she goes – The La’s

What three clichés about the North of England piss you off the most?

Uneducated
Uncultured
Classless

What are your Top 3 things that you are you tired of hearing about your city?

Thieves
Bitter
Uncooperative

A Sgt Pepper Album cover celebrating your city. Which three people – alive or dead, from the past or present – should be on the cover?

Stevie G
Lenoard Rossiter
Rex Harrison

“The kilt-wearing organist rises from the stage floor.” Lois Maskell on Liverpool

May 3, 2013 in Blog

Lois Maskell Photo
Lois Maskell is the Wondrous Place designer.

Top 3 Liverpool experiences that you can’t get anywhere else?

Friday night fish and chips at Boundary Farm in L26.

Watching a film at The Philharmonic. as the kilt-wearing organist (Dave Nicholas) accompanies the art deco screen rising from the stage floor!

Any night of the week, any day of the year in Ye Olde Cracke (The Crack).

You’ve got to emigrate to Australia. What three things would you miss most about Liverpool?

The pubs. Specifically, being surrounded by the most beautiful craftsmanship and feeling that you part own it. The Philharmonic, Dr. Duncan’s tiles, The crown’s ceiling…

Smithdown Independents: Dafna’s Cheesecake Factory (the Carrot Cake) and The Horse’s Head D.I.Y (where you can buy a single nail if you want – and they’d still wrap it in brown paper for you).

Its vistas. Something about the slope/rise above sea levels, the light from the water and the magnificent architecture makes them endlessly inspiring.

Liverpool is a person – choose three words that describe their personality.

Pioneering. Conscientious. Charming.

What are your three favourite Liverpool phrases or words that you won’t you hear anywhere else?

Aal – as in Aal’fella, as in Old Man, as in Father.
Alright (as a greeting, not a question).
Gobshite/Divvie.

What’s tunes should be on the ultimate Liverpool soundtrack? Choose three – include song title and artist.

In the Morning – The Coral
She’s Leaving Home – The Beatles
The Cutter – Echo And The Bunnymen

What three clichés about the North of England piss you off the most?

That there is no work (that everyone is on benefits).

That its people are inherently warmer and friendlier (there is difference up North too).

Martin Parr over Tom Wood.

What are your Top 3 things that you are you tired of hearing about Liverpool?

Jokes about theft.

That ‘the accent’ grates on people (which one specifically? The accent can depend on any number of factors – postcode, parentage, ethnicity).

The chip on the shoulder cliché. Having an opinion and voicing injustice and discrimination is not bitterness or self-pity.

A Sgt Pepper Album cover celebrating Liverpool. Which three people – alive or dead, from the past or present – should be on the cover?

Eleanor Rathbone
Peter Ellis
George Harrison

What’s fantastic about your city?

April 29, 2013 in Blog

To inspire the show, we thought we’d ask lots of people, “What’s fantastic about Liverpool…Manchester…Newcastle…Sheffield…?” Listen to what lots of different people said in this voice collage created by Caro C for A Wondrous Place:

 

 

So then we asked “What’s the best experience that you can get in your city that can’t get anywhere else?” These are our favourite Twitter and Facebook responses:

NEWCASTLE

from Twitter

@patri5h7 plodgin through the clarts on the town moor when the hoppins are on

@patri5h7 Ringtons tea delivered to your door from a basket. Minchellas in Shields after a paper of fish and chips from the Red Hut.

@NewWritingNorth It’s not Newcastle as such but North Shields fish quay for fish and chips on a cold winter’s day.

@forwardtheatre a 40p cup of tea from the caf inside grainger market.

Prof Richard Barker ?@swrb1 What makes Newcastle/ Gateshead special? @wondrous_place your answer! The Lit and Phil, Newcastle

Anth Osborne ?@AnthOsborneUK the people, the sight of the Tyne on a day like this. The buzz. The places. Awesome. Unbeaten anywhere.

Alison Bell @alisonlaurabell For starters, the beautiful bridges that connect the two.

Amanda Stewart @stewart_amanda Grey Street, jesmond dene, Grainger market, the bridges & the town moor #cowsinthecity

Cherry Cottage @crastercottage #Newcastle – it’s the Geordie passion for the area, the sight of the bridges over the River Tyne the architecture & culture

Gill Carr @ellie99 Attending a show at Ncle City Hall @cityh4ll & feeling the spirit of the fabulous people who’ve played there over the years.

 

SHEFFIELD

from Twitter

@DirtyLyle Jumping off the train, straight into The Howard for a cheeky ale ahead of a priceless time with my big sis @JillTheobald.

@Spowdog HENDERSONS RELISH, same recipe and location for over 100 years. #sheffield

@victoriacivil being able to work in places like this @SumStudios #sheffield

@danpyt a walk down the hill from Crookes to soak up the atmosphere and pubs of Kelham Island.

@JillTheobald music gigs at @Leadmill & art exhibitions at @PeteMcKee gallery

@Spowdog Famous graffiti across the walkway on Park Hill flats. ‘I love you will you marry me’. Ask Sheffield folk for the story.

@ecollyerbristow walking up Surprise View on a clear day

@Supersonic70s A magical mystery tour around Hyde Park Flats & a visit to the legendary Space Centre near Wicker Arches :)

@proletics cycling to the Peaks thru the Parks from Hunter’s Bar & gawping at the view from Ringinglow on the way

@JohnnyfromDonny Hendersons Relish.  I now live on wrong side of Pennines and just can’t buy it. 

@Fairy_Lindsay71 Well thats obvious really – going to see my family and my nan’s homemade cakes :-)

@GingerElanor there is nothing to beat the buzz of the Crucible auditorium, whether for play musical or snooker. Magical.

@GilesSearby going somewhere and seeing non-Sheffielders bemusement at being told – you can’t come in “while” we’re open

@JonWilkins easy, this weekend, Crucible, Snooker.

@jane_ide Well, @crucibletheatre for starters, obvs! ;-)

@philwbayles Any serious cinephile should check out the @showroomcinema’s monthly film quiz. Best damn cinema in the UK!

@lolpop44 Just being there!!! #LoveSheffield

Emily Spowage @Spowdog The wonderful, tree covered hills. I’ve never been to Hollywood, but I bet it’s got nowt on us.#sheffield

Christine Theobald @theobald_ reliving childhood memories of time spent with me dad in my beloved city

From Facebook in Sheffield

Nicola Smith Hendersons Relish!

Andrew Jeffrey Standing on a piece of land covered in heather that used to be a landfill beside a dry ski slope looking out over the city.

Jon Leyland Walking from your house in the city and within half and hour you’re in the beautiful moorland scenery of a National Park – the Peak District.

LIVERPOOL

Twitter

@AlabamaRoxanne Start a conversation with the first stranger you meet. Scouser’s do intimate, endlessly bizarre storytelling.

Fiona Darling @darlingfi not an experience as such but the scouse spirit which you get nowhere else & is totally unique!

Martin Richardson @_MRichardson_ Formby Point, red squirrels. Amazing.

Facebook

Maya Mitter It’s the city itself..the mix of people..it’s a unique daily experience in itself.

Christopher Rakehell Flashcannon Pint and a chat in The Phil.

Scott Carey Scouse solidarity in good times and in bad we come together as one city whatever religion, ethnicity or most importantly footy team!

Lyn Margaret Codman Riding the 82 bus …..never experienced anything more Scouse in my life !!!

George Jones Saying you’re born in the same city as The Beatles…

Jane McNulty The Anglican cathedral – magnificent! (And no, I’m not religious) 

Stan Ryan The people of Liverpool .. The humor, wit and characters!

Sally Fildes-Moss Everyone in the street appointing themselves your Scouse ‘family’ with a right to comment indulgently-but-scathingly about anything you might choose to do in said street…

Martin Kelly Terry Titter 

Louise Baines Shiverpool ghost tours…fab history and street theatre.

Anthony Proctor Sunset over the Mersey in July!

Sam Freeman Neopolitan Cheesecake from The Quarter – 3 layers of joy, utter joy…

Paul Amann Scouse at 31 Mathew Street, best there is!

Lilian T Rouble Chapman Basil Rathbone, Derek Nimmo, Tom Bell, Rex Harrison, Ken Dodd! to name but a few!

Lilian T Rouble Chapman Fake Tans Huge Rollers & Scouse Brows! xx

Tony Penman going to certain places and discovering middle earth

MANCHESTER

@MrLemur1 What is the best Manchester experience that you can’t get anywhere else and why? @wondrous_place – the humour!

@aj1_uk why a visit to the Royal Exchange theatre of course!

Donald Judge @DonaldJudge Sorry other Arts venues and organisations, but it has to be following the amazing students at @RNCMVoice.