Organisers of the fourth Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize are expecting a large increase in entries this year following the outbreak of the Coronavirus.

As people are placing themselves in social isolation, there is a growing feeling that this will give them the time to finally work on the creative projects that they have been planning for years.

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As the country's artistic community joins a national lockdown the Arts Council have announced a £160 million emergency response package to support individuals and organisations survive the COVID-19 crisis.

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The trust that runs Halifax Square Chapel has gone into administration after closing its doors to the public acting on the Government’s advice on COVID-19.

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Last year, plans were unveiled to give the ‘Old Lady of Leven Street’ a much-needed facelift. After concerns that the old building does not cater for our 21st Century needs, plans have been evolving to bring The King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, up-to-date.

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Eyes forward, look what’s happening – improv is coming to Liverpool! You couldn’t make it up but what does it actually mean? Well fortunately Emma Bird of Liverpool Comedy Improv was on hand to explain.

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Sweet Mother is an oral history project created and directed by Nwoko Arts artistic director Maria Paul where real families, real stories, and real lives take centre stage in a never before told story and I was pleased to catch up with her along with producer Peter Ward and one of the cast Margaret Connell to discover more.

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Liverpool’s Royal Court will be bringing back one of its biggest shows this summer. There will be a lot of Liverpool fans with happy smiles on their faces in April and May as YNWA returns in time for the end of the football season.

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The Winter Gardens Blackpool and Mark Goucher announced today that Shirley Ballas will star as The Fairy Godmother in Blackpool’s biggest ever family pantomime, Cinderella, at the Opera House Blackpool from Sunday 13th December to Sunday 3rd January 2021. Tickets on sale now with further star casting to be announced soon.

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After a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe last summer Sorcha McCaffrey's new play Ladybones examines OCD, sexuality and lonelines.

It's a personal piece for Sorcha as her performance is driven by her own experiences of living with OCD.

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