Monthly Archives: October 2014

Bright Phoenix – Reviews and Pictures

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The Guardian – 4 Stars:

“A plea on behalf of the liminal figures that give Liverpool its soul.”

“Serdar Bilis’s production provides a cascade of images, beautifully designed by Ti Green, to suggest a fault line running between the city’s derelict past and its shiny, regenerated future…….with nocturnal torch songs and aggressive punk outbursts by composer Martin Heslop forming an integral part of the action.”

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Liverpool Echo– 4 Stars

“at times crazily beautiful”
“trippy, dreamy, poetic”

The Times:

“Directed by Serdar Bilis, it’s both ragged and beautiful, melancholy and ecstatic, sordid and exultant”
“its audacity, swagger and reckless unpredictability keep you hooked on its intoxicating, fantastical night-flight”
“Martin Heslop’s achingly lovely live music”

What’s On Stage – 4 Stars

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British Theatre Guide:

“a piece of work brimming with vitality, a theatrical firework that snaps, crackles and pops”
“Bright Phoenix roles along on adrenaline alone”
“intoxicatingly, seductive musical score”
“The humour is earthy, performances earnest and production hugely creative. It all adds up to a rather exotic blend of saturnalia”

Click Liverpool – 5 Stars:

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Bright Phoenix

Bright Phoenix at the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, October 2014. Written by Jeff Young. Music and songs by Martin Heslop. Directed by Serdar Bilis. Designed by Ti Green. Video designer – Louis Price. Lighting designer – Chahine Yavroyan. 

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Spider-Web City

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Bathore (Photo credit – John Driscoll)

Soundtrack for a new video-work presented at Uncharted Festival in Porto Palermo Castle in the south of Albania from 8th-11th August.

Over the course of three months Julia Heslop has been working in Bathore, an informal settlement on the outskirts of Tirana, Albania’s capital city, tracing the history of this contentious community. In collaboration with composer Martin Heslop, the research has gone beyond Bathore, to Puka, Tropoja and Kukes, searching for the traditional music and musicians and the vacant villages of the north. The video follows the roots of one 21-year-old girl, born in Puka and raised in Bathore since the age of one. Her story represents the first generation of Bathore and the area as it is now, as it has become.

 The work follows the girl’s experience of growing up in a community built by people, from the ground up. She speaks of her aspirations for what the youth of Bathore can build, can change, her words spoken through a haze of northern melodies and the clattering of industrial noise. Through a converging dance of image and sound the viewer is invited to trace the emergence, expansion and reimagining of place; of a town coming to maturity.

In this work Bathore’s scarred landscape, its unfinished buildings, its faltering streets, all tell the story of migration, building and imagining. It is about seeing the reflection of another town in the windows of your own.

Thanks to Kristiana Faslia, Antuela Gjata, Marjana Lila and Artur Kurtallari for their help with the making of this video and to musicians Ben Hasani, Kujdesi Maçmata and Agron Sopaj.

For more information about this festival visit: and for more information about Julia’s research in Albania visit her blog:

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Stuplex 001

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Three pieces of work published in Stuplex 001.

Stuplex 001 is sealed A5 box containing signed and numbered hand-sewn booklets, prints, poetry, music and sound on the theme of decay.

Contributing to Stuplex 001 are Geoff Bunn, Alan Dunn, Damon Fairclough, Martin Heslop, A.E. Pearsall,  Paul Simpson, Will Sergeant and Jeff Young.

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