Remembrance week of the centenary year of the end of the First World War is the right moment for a re-enactment of Blackadder Goes Forth and under the direction of Nick Fawdry, Carlton Players serve up a fitting and moving tribute.
The script – written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton some thirty years ago – has stood the test of time with slapstick humour and gags galore: it really is jokes away in this clever stage adaptation of four of the original episodes.
This morning saw the theatre buzzing with the expectations of excited school children waiting to see Make, Mend and Do’s production of The Missing Light by Mark Arends, a magical combination of puppet show, technology, animation, and silent movie that tells the story of a fisherman and his wife. Each morning he sets off on his boat while she goes to the market to sell yesterday’s catch.
As “The Ladyboys of Bangkok” celebrate their 20th year anniversary, they take to the stage at the Epstein Theatre Liverpool. This show, titled “The Wonder Woman Tour”, shares with the audience a range of tracks from Lady Gaga, Abba, Rihanna, Diana Ross and lots more. Although the show is still managing to attract a great audience, it doesn’t appear to have stood the test of time for me as the performance was underwhelming and unimaginative.
LIPA’s 3rd year dance students’ production of Bright Lights, Big City is based on the novel by Jay McInerney which was then turned into a film in 1988, starring Michael J Fox. The musical tells the story of Jamie who is an aspiring author, living a life in New York of sex and drugs, trying to put off grieving over his recently deceased mother.
Isn’t it fabulous when after a long hard day’s work, you gird your loins and set off to see a play you’ve never heard of by a company you don’t know in a theatre you didn’t know existed* and realise you’ve found an absolute gem.
Satan & Mrs Smith is a comedy based around the evil and the virtuous and what happens when a mistake causes both of them to clash together.
Written by Jamie McLoughlin and directed by John Garfield-Roberts, the play tells the story of the recently deceased Mrs Smith (Pamela Ashton) has been a good woman all her life. Charitable, thoughtful and kind, she is fully prepared to walk through the pearly gates to spend an eternity in bliss. But Heaven is having a long weekend, and a mistake leads her to end up in the fiery pits of Hell instead.
Tonight I had the joy of reviewing “Nativity The Musical” which has been adapted for the stage by Debbie Isitt, the creator of the much-loved movies. Being unfamiliar with the film ‘Nativity’ and its two sequels, this show was completely fresh to me and proved to surpass my expectations. This is a brilliantly ridiculous, cheerful show that makes you smile until your face hurts, as long as you are willing to have a good time!
The Global Financial Crash of 2008 was a pivotal moment in modern day history. The negligent behaviour of bankers led to several government bailouts which, in turn had a devastating impact on the living standards of the working majority. Dario Fo used the crash as the nucleus to redraft his 1974 play ‘Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay?’ thus seeing the birth of ‘They Don’t Pay? We Don’t Pay.’ The title says it all really; those who caused the crash have never really been held to account so neither should the rest of us if we were to act as recklessly as the financial elite.
Whittingham 1918 tells the story of a World War 1 mental asylum, its staff and patients. Part of the two year arts and heritage project Whittingham Lives, the play, written by Eric Northey and directed by Terence Mann, touches on a number of lives at the asylum.
After finding fame on Gareth Malone’s Naked Choir in 2015 the Sons of Pitches have performed internationally and had over three million hits on YouTube. Returning after two years, the group did not disappoint as they brought their 26-date UK tour to Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre.
Game Over is a dark musical comedy written and directed by Dave Bain exploring themes of suicide and depression. In aid of the Liverpool Mental Health Consortium, the play is set in Limbo. It tells the story of two men, Steve (Harry Boyd) and Max (Alex Harland) who take their own lives on the same evening. Due to a clerical error Death (Sam Dunning) informs them that he will only be able to sign one of them off as dead and the other must return to his life on Earth. Both men beg to be the one who is allowed to die as their life was so miserable, before Death informs them that they are going to play a game to decide who lives and who dies.
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