In 2019, you’d think the the LGBTQIA+ community would have a blanket acceptance, but that is really not the case. So many people still struggle, not just with coming out but in their day to day lives. We’re hearing so many stories in the news about homophobic and unprovoked attacks in the streets, on public transport and even in pubs and clubs.

Last night the audience at the Royal Court were taken on an adventure to the Scouse Pacific.

The Royal Court Theatre says that, Scouse Pacific was first produced in 2010, this was the comedy that started the Royal Court style Christmas shows.

Fresh from their debut at Glastonbury Festival 2019 winning the performance slot over 1,000 applicants, Naughty Corner Productions have brought Raves R Us to Liverpool Hope Street Theatre with an almighty bang.

The hallmark of a good production is if it can take a familiar play and make you look at it anew. This is what happened to me this afternoon, with Imaginarium’s production of Romeo and Juliet.

First, the setting is enchanting, under the greenwood tree in Prescot Woodland Theatre. The set itself is excellent – simple but effective - and the lighting, music, choreography, sword fighting, and costumes were all of an extremely high standard.

The beautiful Philharmonic Hall presents ‘Nashville Classics’, a night of first-class country music with Singers from Capital Voices; Annie Skates, Zoe Nicholas, Lance Ellington, Stephen Weller accompanied by the wonderful Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Tonight was conducted by the talented Kennedy Aitchison who brought the remarkable sound of the orchestra together with some wholesome country voices to create superb sounds and a grand spectacle for the audience to enjoy.

Many things are impossible. Sneezing with your eyes open, counting to infinity, keeping a toddler entertained with Shakespeare? The Rubbish Shakespeare company claimed this to be possible.. and they didn’t disappoint. Appropriate for ages 4-104. Intrigued, I had the pleasure of watching A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Hope Street Theatre. The small company worked well together. Made up for four actors in total they had an obvious passion for storytelling.

Continuing its celebration of 8 years running, Grin Theatre Company presented the second half of their Pride show, Queertet 2019. This performance, which included new pieces of energetic theatre, is traditionally the curtain raiser to Liverpool’s Pride festivities.

Warnock, written by Barry Levy, is an exploration of the shortcomings of the care and justice systems and what happens to people when things go wrong. Directed by Peter Sebastian, it tells the story of 16 year old Sasha Kilpatrick (Rebecca Bryan), a young homeless girl who has been in and out of the Warnock Youth Detention Centre.

Last night saw the final concert of the current season at Liverpool’s beautiful art deco Philharmonic Hall, with the opening and closing pieces full of the flavour of Italy, though for me, the jewel was Boris Giltberg’s performance of Beethoven’s Fifth Piano concerto, a forceful reminder of the difference between live and recorded music and why the orchestra forms such a vital part of the cultural life of the city.

Last night at Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre studio, opened a play called Bouncing Back written and directed by Gail Young.

And just who is the idiot? The amiable, artless Will (Samuel Pope), who gets his girlfriend pregnant and ends up stuck at home? The one who escapes to the big city and becomes trapped by drugs? Or the third one, who's unlucky enough to join the army and lose a leg (and has a lobotomy; ok, the song title is a clue if not the plot)?