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"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'. 
Archive Record Created : 22 Nov 2016 --- Updated : 5 months 2 weeks ago
This was the Blackie's second piece of model theatre on the education system - the first in 1970 was "Education for All".
Archive Record Created : 11 Jul 2017 --- Updated : 5 months 2 weeks ago
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.
Archive Record Created : 06 Jun 2017 --- Updated : 5 months 2 weeks ago
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.  
Archive Record Created : 22 Jul 2017 --- Updated : 5 months 2 weeks ago
Have no idea what this event was. We simply have a record that it happened.  It was a private event - which meant by invitation only - and cost the princely sum of  £3.00.   Given the title we suspect that it was an event which included participants painting an area, having tea and coffee and listening to the group Manic Depression.  
Archive Record Created : 27 Aug 2013 --- Updated : 5 months 2 weeks ago
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.
Archive Record Created : 25 Jul 2017 --- Updated : 5 months 2 weeks ago
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.
Archive Record Created : 20 Sep 2017 --- Updated : 5 months 2 weeks ago
 1960s 1970s
Archive Record Created : 18 Jul 2013 --- Updated : 5 months 2 weeks ago
Reading List for Education For All   1870 Education Act* 1944 Education Act* Half Our Future by Sir John Newsham*
Archive Record Created : 22 Nov 2017 --- Updated : 2 years 8 months ago
Archive Record Created : 02 Aug 2013 --- Updated : 7 years ago
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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.  
Archive Record Created : 22 Jul 2017 --- Updated : 5 months 2 weeks ago
Have no idea what this event was. We simply have a record that it happened.  It was a private event - which meant by invitation only - and cost the princely sum of  £3.00.   Given the title we suspect that it was an event which included participants painting an area, having tea and coffee and listening to the group Manic Depression.  
Archive Record Created : 27 Aug 2013 --- Updated : 5 months 2 weeks ago
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.  
Archive Record Created : 23 Nov 2010 --- Updated : 4 months ago
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.
Archive Record Created : 25 Jul 2017 --- Updated : 5 months 2 weeks ago
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.
Archive Record Created : 20 Sep 2017 --- Updated : 5 months 2 weeks ago
Reading List for Education For All   1870 Education Act* 1944 Education Act* Half Our Future by Sir John Newsham*
Archive Record Created : 22 Nov 2017 --- Updated : 2 years 8 months ago
The Movie Movie Show (The Pneuwritten) was a collaboration between the artist John Latham and the Event Structure Research Group led by Jeff Shaw from Holland.  The thinking behind the show, their influences and the approach of ERG is explained in some detail in the leaflet at the bottom of this which acted as a programme for the audience.  The following is an extract from the programme which set out how t
Archive Record Created : 29 Jul 2013 --- Updated : 4 months 2 weeks ago
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
Archive Record Created : 06 Aug 2013 --- Updated : 4 months 2 weeks ago
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.
Archive Record Created : 08 Aug 2013 --- Updated : 4 months 2 weeks ago
 1960s 1970s
Archive Record Created : 18 Jul 2013 --- Updated : 5 months 2 weeks ago

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