Norah Rushton

Paying the Penalty

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Review of ’The Quare Fellow‘ by Brendan Behan, Liverpool Playhouse, then touring

The Quare Fellow is one of the only plays where the audience never sees the central character. Written by Brendan Behan in 1954, it depicts 24 hours in an Irish prison, from slopping-out time (graphically portrayed) to the following morning. During that time one prisoner receives a reprieve from hanging, while another murderer (the quare fellow) waits to hear his fate.

Mersey Memories

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Review of 'A Different World', Liverpool Women's History Group, Bluecoat Press £7.99

This book, beautifully produced, is a collection of memories of Liverpool in the 1930s and 1940s. They are recalled by a group of 15 older women, three of whom are octogenarians, others in their mid to late seventies and the youngsters who are between 50 and 60 years old.

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