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SUBVERSIVE SCENE – counter-culture UK – a celebration


Is it possible to be alternative today with the variety of sub-cultures available on the internet?

This book explores counter-culture in the UK – from agit prop to street art, subversive comedy to illegal raves, pop-up galleries, guerilla gigs, flash dance and much more… and shows that opposing the mainstream comes naturally to both young and old alike…Read More..

Inigo by Jonathan Moore transfers to the Pleasance

Fresh from a sell out off west end run to rapturous audiences, Inigo transfers to the Pleasance Theatre, London.

Inigo front cover

25 May – 13 June 2015, 7.30pm

Find out more and to book tickets


What does it mean to believe in something? What does it cost?

SPAIN. Sixteenth century. The inquisition. Political hysteria. After a conversion experience, everything changes. We follow Inigo (Ignatius of Loyola) from ambitious, hot­headed, street­fighting
sensualist to co-founding, with a radical group of young friends, The Society of Jesus. (The Jesuits). They were loved or hated, facing huge opposition in Rome. The current Pope is a Jesuit.

Bold, passionate, funny, entertaining and poetic, Moore’s play is not only for those who are interested in Loyola and The Jesuits. It is also an allegorical story of anyone who wants change and
meets with savage opposition from any Establishment.

The fine cast is drawn from actors with experience at the RSC, Shakespeare’s Globe, Almeida, West End, TV, film and radio.

Jonathan Moore (Writer and Director) is an award winning international actor, writer and director who has worked with RSC, Royal Opera, ENO, BBC, Shakespeare’s Globe,
Donmar, and Almeida among many others.

Aurora Metro are delighted to be publishing the play – find out more here.

Watch Mark Lawson and Jonathan Moore discuss the play’s themes.



Launching tonight the 5* reviewed Liberty Bazaar by David Chadwick

David Chadwick’s Liverpool-set American Civil War historical novel Liberty Bazaar gets its UK launch tonight at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester.

Link to interview with David Chadwick

Liberty Bazaar has received two 5* reviews in the US.

Kirkus awarded it one of its coveted Blue Stars and the book has been nominated for the 2015 Kirkus Prize

In Chadwick’s historical novel, an escaped slave girl and a former Confederate general meet in 1863 Liverpool. This modified epistolary novel alternates between two first-person documents: “Experiences in the Life of a Slave Girl by Trinity Giddings” and “Recollections of a Confederate General by Jubal de Brooke.” … Along with the two well-drawn narrators, the novel boasts several wonderful secondary characters, including Lord Harrowby, “Britain’s oldest dandy”; States Rights Rankin, a villainous Southern senator; and Josiah Mill, a black apothecary. Shades of Charles Dickens’ work, meanwhile, appear in the novel’s descriptions (“Chilly October day. Liverpool drab-grey below an endless wash of overcast”), its twisty plot, and its quirky character names (such as “Cuthbert Longinch” and “Lazarus Hotchkiss”).

This offbeat, refreshingly absorbing Civil War novel features impeccable research and well-realized main characters.

Check out the full review here

Readers’ Favorite

David Chadwick transports the turmoil of the US Civil War to Liverpool, England, in his historical novel, Liberty Bazaar. An escaped slave, Trinity Giddings, finds safety and friendship among the affluent of Liverpool.

David Chadwick’s prose is brilliant in Liberty Bazaar. He pens a story about a familiar time in history, but gives the reader a different and fresh perspective. Most Civil War novels are set on the battleground or on the plantation. Adding a bizarre twist to a well-known event, Chadwick highlights the plaguing effects of battle and slavery on the southern plantations by placing the narrative in Liverpool, England. Written in first person, each chapter portrays a sequence of events. However the personal perspective changes from chapter to chapter. This technique allows the narrative to be read like a journal or a diary. Trinity and Jubal’s characters grow and arc dramatically, allowing for the saga to crest and then ebb with precision and poise.

Chadwick writes eloquent descriptions by using illustrious metaphors and profound analogies. I especially liked the comparison of feminine attire with medieval armor. Liberty Bazaar is a wonderfully written story.

Read the full review here

Review for CELLULOID CEILING from Indiewire

CC New FC (Duplicate)The level of public consciousness about the barriers faced by female filmmakers is higher than it has ever been. Despite this, the discussion more often than not centres around North America and to a lesser extent, Europe, Australia and New Zealand (and I am guilty as charged). This is perfectly understandable, but clearly women do make films outside of these countries, and it can be illuminating to consider how their experiences reflect or differ from those with which we are more familiar.

To this end, the arrival of a new book, “The Celluloid Ceiling,” could not be more timely. Edited by Gabrielle Kelly and Cheryl Robson, it takes a purposefully global overview of the status quo and in doing so provides some fascinating stories and insights, reminding us of what is lost when we limit the discussion to Anglophone directors.

Matthew Hammett Knott – indiewire

Celluloid Ceiling at the 2014 Cannes Festival

Cheryl Robson was at the 2014 Cannes Festival promoting CELLULOID CEILING: Women Directors Breaking Through


Androulla Vassiliou European Commissioner for education, culture, multilingualism and youth at Cannes film festival

Celluloid Ceiling receives four-star review and was promoted at Cannes

Total Film magazine received our book with enthusiasm, awarding it four stars and saying:

A SENSE OF URGENCY drives contributors to seek out hope for film’s female future in these essays….Aside from correcting discrimination, the call for equality is timely: in troubled economies, the editors note, any less would be “a waste of a country’s human resources”

Cheryl Robson, co-editor of Celluloid Ceiling, attended the Cannes Film Festival, where the topic of women film directors was on everyone’s lips.  The book was widely seen at the festival.