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In Alfred Hitchcock’s films, what he called the MacGuffin  -  such as the secret papers which the spies are after  -     is the engine which sets the story in motion.  But in terms of the drama, the actual nature of the MacGuffin is of no importance whatsoever. 

The 20th Birthday Celebrations - Stephen and Jimmy's Party - 29th May 1988
Stephen Knox and Jimmy Tagoe created the last of the three parties. The Programme 12pm - 2pm   Pat Rodaway : guitar and song - in the Gallery.  Pat Rodaway had been coming to the Blackie since he was a young lad.  He performed on the gallery stage but currently we do not have any  photos of this. 2pm   Tommy Jones :  Goyararu Karate - in the basement Read More
18-01-2017 1 day 18 hours ago
Participatory Vigils - 19th Nov - 3rd December 1983
The Vigils Read More
06-02-2016 4 weeks 3 days ago
The 20th Birthday Celebrations - 26th - 30th May 1988
People were invited to join the 20th Birthday Party by visiting The Blackie during t Read More
18-01-2017 4 weeks 5 days ago
The 20th Birthday Celebrations - Sally & Judy's Party - 27th May 1988
Sally Morris' & Judy Bates, (now Gough)  Party 12 noon The Guo Brothers - on the steps of the dome. Read More
27-01-2017 6 weeks 12 hours ago
Going Away Games 15-03-2017 6 weeks 1 day ago
Food Events - Summer 1976
The Idea   Read More
09-03-2014 7 weeks 2 days ago
The 20th Birthday Celebrations - Kevin's & Nicky's Party - 26th May 1988
3-10pm Kevin Rowan's & Nicky Dewison's Party (for Blackie regulars aged 12 and under). We know that 'The Party' included a puppet theatre, a Clown who did magic and comedy, a disco and of course food and a birthday cake.  What is less clear is the actual running order of events, so below is an educated guess. 3pm - 4.30pm Cartoon Film show, Puppet Theatre and Comedy/Magic. Read More
30-01-2017 7 weeks 2 days ago
Thou Shalt Knot - Christmas 82/83
The Idea Read More
30-10-2012 9 weeks 15 hours ago
Liverpool Firsts - 1986
Intro The majority of Theme Playschemes have been written up specifically for the Archive Website. This is not the case with 'Liverpool Firsts'.  Below is a Report which was written at the time.   It is unaltered apart from the condensing of some of the statistical information which in the original runs to several pages. Read More
24-08-2016 33 weeks 1 day ago
Going Solo - 31st Oct - 4th Nov -1988
The Idea To paraphrase the Press Release for Going Solo; Solo dancing may be a solitary art form  but the Blackie celebrated this art form, over the 5 days of Going Solo, in a very sociable way. Read More
19-04-2016 44 weeks 6 days ago
Participatory Vigils 2 - Richard Layzell - 26th Nov 1983
The Vigil Framework Read More
11-02-2016 1 year 4 weeks ago
The 20th Birthday Celebrations - Stephen and Jimmy's Party - 29th May 1988
Stephen Knox and Jimmy Tagoe created the last of the three parties. The Programme 12pm - 2pm   Pat Rodaway : guitar and song - in the Gallery.  Pat Rodaway had been coming to the Blackie since he was a young lad.  He performed on the gallery stage but currently we do not have any  photos of this. 2pm   Tommy Jones :  Goyararu Karate - in the basement Read More
18-01-2017 1 day 18 hours ago
25 Stroke Trees - 1993
The Black-E was launched in May 1968.  These workshops were both a celebration of our 25th Annivers Read More
25-11-2015 1 year 21 weeks ago
Building Sight - Rainbow - 15/16 February 1975
The Idea :  To create a rainbow across the site.  Read More
03-12-2014 2 years 13 weeks ago
Caught Up - Summer 1983
The Idea The summer of 1983 saw a variation - but in some ways also a continuation - on that year’s Easter Play Scheme theme of wool and weaving. The summer’s Play Scheme took the theme of spiders and their own weaving techniques. The theme proved to be very fruitful with a total of over 4,000 attendances over 54 sessions and some truly innovative takes on the spider theme. Read More
04-04-2015 2 years 1 week ago
Disco In The Blackie Fashion - Summer 1972
Making The Clothes When young people think of the arts, fashion and music come tops. In line with this enthusiasm the Summer Playscheme of 1972 culminated in a Fashion Show and Disco.  The playscheme ran for six weeks from 24th July to 2nd September.    Read More
18-01-2014 3 years 13 weeks ago
Down To Earth 1 - 1978
Down To Earth was originally created as a way of providing the basis for debate and creative activities for the Second Merseyside Gathering of Community Artists February 1978.  It was staged as a day-long game and took place in an empty 3-storey warehouse in the centre of Liverpool Read More
04-08-2015 1 year 22 weeks ago
Down To Earth 1978 - Problems and Solutions
Below major problems in farming are followed by solutions both for the farmers and for the community artists.   PROBLEM YOU HAVE BURNT OFF THE FOREST COVER ON YOUR MOUNTAIN LAND TO PLANT CROPS, YOUR SOIL IS NOW BEING WASHED AWAY DOWN THE SLOPE BY HEAVY RAINFALL, YOU HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE LAND TO PRESERVE THE SOIL, AND STILL MAKE A PROFIT Read More
15-10-2015 1 year 27 weeks ago
Down To Earth 2 - Oct/November 1984
Down To Earth has had two outings, the first being staged as a day-long game in February 1978.  See Down To Earth 1978. Read More
04-08-2015 1 year 22 weeks ago
Easter Casino 1974 09-03-2014 2 years 21 weeks ago

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