‘Smile and wave boys, smile and wave!’

We all like to move it, move it and thanks to the current tour of Madagascar the Musical, we all can move it, along with King Julien and his subjects. The Musical is based on the 2005 film of the same name, and thankfully stays very true to the story and uses the words and phrases we all know and love.

Problem with magical realism; when the lights suddenly go out and props develop a mind of their own, how do you know it's not part of the play? The genre may also account for the twisted twist in the tale, which is not only bewildering but a repetition of something which should never have happened in the first place. No spoilers, though – go on, read the book.

On The Mark Youth Theatre are a Chester based theatre company for young performers aged 10 to 19, run by Simon Phillips in partnership with Janice Craine and Luke Disley. They work towards a full-scale musical at the end of every two terms. This terms musical is the finger clicking The Addams Family.

Before the show even started tonight I was in awe of the stunning Lyceum Theatre in Crewe. Sitting awaiting Grease to start I was wondering to myself why I hadn’t been here before?

So would the show match the stunning surroundings? It certainly gave them a run for their money!

Nicholas Nickleby was published in 1839 and is one of Charles Dickens’ more light-hearted novels including some romance. In this book Dickens also tackles the social injustices of the underclasses and the cruelty dispensed by the character ‘Wackford Squeers’ whom it is believed, was based upon a real Schoolmaster.

I can't deny there have been times when it feels like I'm the only one in the theatre not laughing - it's a damn sight worse if it looks like it's just you with the giggles. When Molly first sits down at the potter's wheel, she's probably aiming to create a bowl but what emerges is, shall we say, unfeasibly perpendicular... You get the picture, I'm sure...

I can honestly say I was really looking forward to this evening and I was not disappointed. I have never visited St Helen's Theatre Royal before, so it was a whole new experience. A very nice quaint theatre with ample seating. A lovely bar area too with seating.

New guy, Princeton, is looking for somewhere to live after receiving a B.A. in English and wants to find his purpose in life. Princeton finds himself renting an apartment on Avenue Q where he meets an array of characters. I say characters as Avenue Q is no ordinary musical. As well as ‘human’ characters, there are several puppet characters.

Whitney Houston was a queen of pop and R & B, she dominated the charts during her twenty-five year career, and is still (seven years after her tragic death) the most awarded female singer of all time and one of the best-selling music artists of all time.   Most people know at least one of her songs, so packing out New Brighton’s Floral Pavilion Theatre for a celebration of her work was never going to be a problem.

ANYONE who has ever been involved in even the smallest way with amateur dramatics societies will know there are never any vulgar cliques or hidden agendas, nor is there ever any bitchy backbiting, nor ever a hint of an attempt to influence the selection of productions or, God forbid, any manoeuvring or angling for roles.