Abigail’s Party first appeared on stage in 1977, the result of what director and writer Mike Leigh called a collaboration between himself and the actors, with the characters were explored through extensive improvisation sessions.
It’s always an exciting time when they announce a UK Tour of a musicals - after the glorious West End has housed them for so long. It’s a chance for those people who don’t get down to the capital very often to experience what everybody else is raving about. I was one of those for Kinky Boots and after 3 years I have FINALLY witnessed those beautiful red boots in ALL their glory, at Liverpool Empire Theatre. Did it disappoint? I guess you’ll find out.
Dating from 8th century BCE, The Odyssey is one of two epic poems attributed to Homer. Comprising over twelve thousand lines and featuring over seventy named characters, it relies upon a rhythmic scheme typical of the oral tradition to enable it to be faithfully re-told and which is perhaps testament to it standing the test of time.
Here's your opportunity: to re-live the momentous night in when Hull defeated ? to join the Premier League in ?, to watch 'a serious and worthy play' about Brexit, and to learn Polish. And to have to resort to Google... Sounds like a right bundle of laughs, doesn't it? That's the saving grace, unlike the plot; baggy as a pair of Weightwatcher winner's old trousers. When Steph meets Anna, their on/off relationship appears to mirror UK and Europe, I think.
This week LIPA’s third year acting students return to the stage in a production of Tom Morris and Emma Rice’s adaptation of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s film A Matter of Life and Death. The play tells the story of World War 2 pilot Peter and how he finds himself having to fight to stay alive despite the fact that he should be dead.
Under the Umbrella is a play about pressure. Pressure to get married, pressure to be successful, pressure to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good citizen and, most importantly of all, a good wife.
I always admire any theatre company that challenges Dickens; an ambitious endeavour due to the sheer number of characters involved – particularly in David Copperfield. This usually results in a lot of doubling up of roles but the Carlton Players under the direction of Marc Smith, avoid too much of this by trimming a number of the marginal characters and sub plot, leaving us with the bare bones of David Copperfield’s journey into manhood, all told in the first person narrative by the older Copperfield in an endearing and flowing performance by David Tolcher.
Stones in His Pockets tells the story of a small rural community in Ireland which has been overtaken by a Hollywood film crew whose effects will change their lives forever.
Liverpool’s Empire Theatre was buzzing with its mostly female audience and the giddiness that surrounded them. Groups of friends, generations of families and a few famous faces were all in the mix and once the lights went down in the auditorium that was cue enough for the cheering to start.
So, how to prise the kids away from their screens and get introduce them to live theatre, without having to sit through an eternity of Peppa Pig live on stage? Take them to see the Rubbish Shakespeare Company’s version of Romeo and Juliet!
Kitty Queen of the Washhouse, written by John Maguire and directed by Margaret Connell, is a one woman show telling the story of Kitty Wilkinson, the saint of the Liverpool slums.
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