If you’re an LJMU English student, it’s likely that you’ve recently been offered a free trip to some sort of cultural happening in Liverpool to further inspire you in your studies. Level 4 students on ‘World, Time and Text’ went to see rapper Testament remixing William Blake’s poetry back in November. Last month Level 5 ‘Shakespeare’ students saw The Winter’s Tale at the Liverpool Playhouse, and students on the Level 6 modules ‘Vamps and Villains’ and ‘Our House’ have also been to the Playhouse to see The Haunting of Hill House.
We’re lucky to live in a place that gives us so many opportunities to extend the thinking we do and the discussions we have in class. So why not make it one of your New Year’s resolutions to make the most of even more of the cultural opportunities our amazing city has to offer? We’re not saying it’ll guarantee better marks, but well… it can’t hurt. And do remember that all LJMU students get amazing discounts with the University’s cultural partners in the city, including Everyman Playhouse and Tate. Here are some suggestions for LJMU English-related things to do and see in the next few weeks:
Room, 15th-21st January 2016: A brand-new film adaptation of the novel by Emma Donoghue, showing at Picturehouse at FACT. A key text on ‘Our House’.
It’s a bumper month in the city for thinking through some fascinating gender-related issues. Go and see Dry Your Eyes Princess, until 31st January 2016: it’s a small but very moving exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool Life, developed through the research of LJMU History’s Emma Vickers. It’s hard to think of an LJMU module that doesn’t consider gender at some point, but this would be particularly interesting for students on ‘Relating Gender’ and ‘Representing Masculinities’. The Walker Art Gallery’s Transformation, until February, is worth a look too, and remember to go and see The Danish Girl at Picturehouse FACT to see if you think Eddie Redmayne’s going to scoop that second Oscar.
Lord of the Flies, 2nd – 6th February 2016: Regent’s Park Theatre are touring this amazing production to the Liverpool Playhouse. It’s a school set-text favourite, but definitely worth a second look for students on ‘Literature in Context: Britain in the 1950s’, as well as ‘Empire and After’ and ‘Representing Masculinities’. On 4th February, the performance will be preceded by a talk on William Golding’s novel by LJMU English’s very own Alice Ferrebe.
Get in touch in there’s anything you’ve seen or discovered to add to our list!