I wasn’t WOWed by tonight’s performances but I was thoroughly entertained. This was billed as “an exciting and fast moving family show featuring some of the world’s greatest magicians’; I’m not sure it lived up to its billing.

Written by a talented local Liverpool writer Deborah Morgan, ‘The Punter’ is a new, thought provoking comedy filled with lots of energy and laughter with some more serious and important focuses hidden in-between.

In 2014 multi award-winning writer Jeff Pope treated UK television audiences to a breathtaking biopic of Cilla Black, starring actress Sheridan Smith. The audience reach for the first episode made it ITV’s highest rated drama debut of that year and it, of course, went on to be nominated for (and then win) multiple awards.

The Royal follows the story of ward 8X, the last ward to be transferred to the brand new Royal Liverpool University Hospital as the old building prepares to shut its doors and be demolished. Reporters and celebrities are waiting outside the new hospital as it is set to open its doors.  Awaiting transfer in ward 8X are two patients, Nurse Flo, tea trolley lady Teresa and mortuary assistant Mo, all they have to do is get out before the wrecking ball swings.

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…