With hit records from the 50's and 60's this is a jukebox musical taking many on a nostalgic trip down memory lane (myself included) but proving to be popular with youngsters of today judging by the wide and varied audience tonight. The storyline is very simple but thankfully the cast, the music and choreography more than make up for the lack of that and the performances tonight are just brilliant.
The Grin Theatre presents what can only be described as a bizarre night of surprises in their latest production “The Shady Pink Show”. Part of Liverpool Pride festival, this show was poignant this week as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in England and Wales.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, originally written by Mark Haddon and adapted by Simon Stephens, is a mystery novel narrated by Christopher Boone and follows him on his journey to find out who killed his neighbour’s dog, Wellington. Whenever a beloved book is adapted into either a play or a film the writers are at risk of being criticised for not staying true to the original story or doing it justice, however this is not the case with this production.
As one would expect from a play about recently graduated students, it starts with a crash, bang, and wallop as we meet fast-food employee David (Adam Nicholls), unemployed Andy (Nick Sheedy), zero-hours Paul (Callum Forbes), larger and louder two-jobs Chloe (Sam Walton), and Lois (Faye Caddick) whose retail job pays so little she has to live with her mum and dad.
Church Blitz is multi award-winning Naughty Corner Productions fourth show, in association with theSpaceUK and Edge Hill University, and, as I’m coming quickly to expect from this skilled group, it doesn’t let you down as we are taken through a blackly comic and often strangely surreal experience.
Hilarious and Hysterical Laugh-Out Loud Comedy
Not The Horse is Naughty Corner Productions second show and on the basis that all the audience were in stitches throughout, I can’t wait to see their first let alone those that follow - and fortunately two of these follow later in the week.
Palestinian Actor Ahmed Tobasi is an enthusiastic and energetic performer who provides an absolute treat for the senses within his one-man production of ‘And Here I Am’. He quite literally throws his arms open to the audience and welcomes them in. Grinning and wide eyed, he takes his audience through the narrative of his life story: a football loving child in a Palestinian refugee camp in Jenin in the West Bank; his first love; his friends; riding a motorbike for the first time; testing out an AK-47 for the first time…
Where some writers and performers may shy away from taking on the opposite side of the coin when it comes to war, director and writer, Hassan Mahamdallie’s production took no such restrictions.
As we walked into the auditorium to find our seats, there was a screen at the back of the stage which had information on about Dr. Salvador Allende Gossin, who became president of Chile in 1970. This was useful, as it helped to place our minds to where they needed to be.
On the 50th anniversary of the 1967 UK Sexual Offences Act it is poignant to reflect on and celebrate the changes in modern society that allowed this musical to be staged. A gay romance in which the main characters are living their lives out loud and proud. With music and lyrics by Jerry Herman; book by Harvey Fierstein; sequins; high heels; feathers and huge dose of glitz, La Cage Aux Folles is without doubt the ultimate celebration of all things camp.
Could a 1948 film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger possibly be recreated as a ballet and hold the interest of an audience in 2017, particularly someone like myself who has no real ballet knowledge? Quite simply.... oh yes, indeed it could! This latest creation of Sir Matthew Bourne performed this evening at the Empire Theatre Liverpool, had the audience captivated from the very first sound of the New Adventures Orchestra which included music of Bernard Herrmann and was the perfect accompaniment.
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