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The Education For All Show - June 1970
Education For All was the third of the Blackie's participatory theatre shows. It was commissioned jointly by St Helen's Council through its Education Department and North West Arts.  It celebrated the 100th anniversary of the 1870 Education Act. Preparations for the Show started with research - all possible participants were provided with a Reading List much of which was compulsory. ( The Reading List can be accessed by clicking here). So by the time the show was being created those working on it had a clear idea of how  governments and educationalists saw the purposes of education and  the differences within these visions. The Idea The Show would be in two parts - part one was a model of the education system.  Part two was a model of the world of work. As with all the Blackie participatory shows there was a central bureaucracy.  This welcomed people as they arrived - provided score sheets - provided certificates - ensured that participants were in the right place. In addition there were those who supervised the various processes and, as necessary,  acted as anything from social workers to a police force. How It Worked The Education System within the Show was based on people's ability to balance and the speed at which they could fulfill the tasks.   Based on the statistics of the time a system was created which mirrored how the education worked and fulfilled the practical needs of the show. Each performance had limit of 60 participants of these:-  30 people would leave the education system without gaining any qualifications 30  would go on to get try to get a 1st degree certificates  (kind of the equivalent of 'O' Levels) 22 would pass and get a 1st degree certificate. 11 would gain  qualify for a 2nd degree certificate 8 would gain a 2nd degree certificate 4 would pass to go on to the equivalent of University (1 in the 4 would 'drop out')   Left a sample of a Certificate of Excellence.  The colour of the stars varied depending on the level of the degree achieved.     Participants were tested by a series of games which ranged from the easy to very difficult. Below are some of these games in process:- Game 1 Progress along a string on the floor.  Participants were invited to hop along the string as fast as they could.    Above and right participants  hopping along a string which is calibrated.  This was the simplest game played.  Participants were scored on how far they got before losing contact with the string, time they took and style. Game 2  With board on head follow the string along a wall by touching it. You lost points if you lost contact with the string or lost your board. Game 3 There were two obstacle courses one was a course over boxes covered with cups where you had to avoid touching the cups. You lost points if you touched a cup or lost your board.   Game 5 This was an obstacle course amongst piles of books.  You had to avoid touching the books.  Below is the best photograph we have of this activity.    Game 6 Progressing along a string on the floor with a board on head and picking up cups placed alongside the string.     You lost points if you touched the floor, lost contact with the string or dropped or missed a cup.  Read More
20-09-2017 1 week 4 days ago
The Education For All Show - The Reading List - June 1970
Reading List for Education For All   1870 Education Act* 1944 Education Act* Half Our Future by Sir John Newsham* Read More
22-11-2017 2 weeks 3 days ago
Magic In The Parks - August/Sept. 1970
Please note that unlike most parts of this archive, photos on this page do not necessarily enlarge as they are, in some cases, screen grabs from a DVD of a film and do not therefore have a level of quality which allows for succesful enlargement.   Read More
22-07-2017 4 weeks 1 day ago
Second Sight - 1977
Second Sight was the Blackie's Summer Theatre in 1977.  It was inspired by 1971's Summer theatre  Gifts To A City  but focused on photography. Read More
25-07-2017 12 weeks 5 days ago
Educational Darts - 17/18th March 1971
This was the Blackie's second piece of model theatre on the education system - the first in 1970 was "Education for All". Read More
11-07-2017 19 weeks 3 days ago
Lorry Theatre - 18th August To 4th September 1969
Lorry Theatre was the first out door event staged by The Blackie,  below is part of the Press Release sent out prior to the event. "The proposal is for a Lorry Theatre Expedition. - jointly promoted by the Merseyside Arts Association and Great Georges - to tour 8/l2 open-air sites in Merseyside during the last two weeks in August. Read More
06-06-2017 21 weeks 2 days ago
Cultural Bingo - March 1970
"Bingo ...is a moronic activity" "......... the encouragement of large numbers of people to sit vacantly gaping at a numbered card in the usual vain expectation of totally undeserved reward is a questionable activity"  Lord goodman Chairman of The Arts  Council Cultural Bingo was a game invented by Bill Harpe; the idea was simple, the audience played bingo but won not only prizes but also a 'cultural' activity'.  Read More
22-11-2016 1 year 2 weeks ago
The Octopus Show One - 9th October 1968
This Show was created by the Octopus Club (details of the Club are set out below) in conjunction with Bill Harpe.  This was very early in the life of the Blackie (in those days we were known as Great Georges after the name of the former church and our registered charitable name 'The Great Georges Community Arts Project') and we had few staff  but a number of regular volunteers and attendees.  Events in those days were by invitation rather than public adve Read More
06-08-2013 1 year 15 weeks ago
The Octopus Show Two - 11th Dec 1969
This Show was created by the Octopus Club (details of the Club are set out below) with input from staff at Great Georges (the Blackie).  This was very early in the life of the Blackie (in those days we were known as Great Georges after the name of the former church and our registered charitable name 'The Great Georges Community Arts Project'); we had few staff  but a number of regular volunteers and attendees.  Events in those days were by invitation rather than public advertising. Read More
08-08-2013 1 year 15 weeks ago
Sanctuary October 31st/November 1st 1969
Sanctuary was the Blackie’s second piece of model theatre. It was commissioned by Shelter. There were 4 performances – afternoon and evening on October 31st and November 1st.  It was performed by people from the Blackie and 6th form pupils from Quarry Bank high School. Read More
23-11-2010 2 years 10 weeks ago
A Spring Happening - In Homage to Allen Kaprow - July 1969
A Spring Happening by Alan Kaprow was first performed at the Reuben Gallery, New York in March1961.  It was recreated at The Blackie by Wendy Harpe in July 1969.   Read More
22-07-2013 2 years 46 weeks ago
Bar Room Tales - Ken Campbell's Road Show - May 1970
Ken Campbell's  Road Show - led by the immitable Ken Campbell   - was a group of six performers based in Chorley Lancashire.  The Blackie promoted their Bar Room Tales in May 1970.  Read More
18-10-2013 4 years 8 weeks ago
Carnem Et Ciclum Dec 1972
Carnum et Ciclum was created by Leopoldo Maler as an event to celebrate  the original auditorium Below is the leaflet/poster  which announced the event  ________________________________________________________________              CARNEM ET CICLUM Read More
16-10-2012 2 years 33 weeks ago
Cultural Bingo - March 1970
"Bingo ...is a moronic activity" "......... the encouragement of large numbers of people to sit vacantly gaping at a numbered card in the usual vain expectation of totally undeserved reward is a questionable activity"  Lord goodman Chairman of The Arts  Council Cultural Bingo was a game invented by Bill Harpe; the idea was simple, the audience played bingo but won not only prizes but also a 'cultural' activity'.  Read More
22-11-2016 1 year 2 weeks ago
Educational Darts - 17/18th March 1971
This was the Blackie's second piece of model theatre on the education system - the first in 1970 was "Education for All". Read More
11-07-2017 19 weeks 3 days ago
Gifts To A City - August 1971
Gifts To A City  was the Blackie's Summer Theatre for 1971.  It consisted of a series  of 9 Events which started on August 9th and finished on August 29th.  Read More
09-06-2014 2 years 42 weeks ago
Hires 02-08-2013 4 years 18 weeks ago
Inferno & Room of Roots - May 1972
Inferno and Room of Roots were the result of the Blackie working with two postgraduate students (Jenny Carroll and Judith Blundell) from Theatre Design at the Slade College of Art and two dancers (Di Davies and Dennis Greenwood) from the London School of Contemporary Dance. Read More
15-07-2013 2 years 46 weeks ago
Lorry Theatre - 18th August To 4th September 1969
Lorry Theatre was the first out door event staged by The Blackie,  below is part of the Press Release sent out prior to the event. "The proposal is for a Lorry Theatre Expedition. - jointly promoted by the Merseyside Arts Association and Great Georges - to tour 8/l2 open-air sites in Merseyside during the last two weeks in August. Read More
06-06-2017 21 weeks 2 days ago
Lunapark - Theatre Laboratoire Vicinal - 12th Jan 1973
Lunapark by the Belgian Group 'Theatre Laboratoire Vicinal' was performed at the Mountford Theatre in the Liverpool University's Students Union.   The following is the description by Neil Johnson from 7UP:- Read More
02-08-2013 4 years 18 weeks ago

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