The root of poverty is not the lack of money, it is the lack of necessities and money is a trick by the rich to keep the necessities to themselves while forcing the poor to work for them.

This is the lesson in Robert Tressell’s classic novel The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists. Adapted for stage by Gerard Fitzpatrick Howkins, Richard Helm and director Paul Strange, Merlin Productions Inc performed this tale of political struggle and a dream of socialism.

Liverpool Empire Youth Theatre present the Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical In The Heights! Following the success of last summer’s production of Fame, the incredibly talented cast of performers will bring to the stage Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway production.

The Heart of Everton’s Badge tells the story of Everton and their beloved ground Goodison Park. The play begins with a Radio Merseyside interview outside the Lock- Up to promote the forthcoming move to Bramley Moore Docks. Two passionate Evertonians Jim (Paul Duckworth) and Robbo (John Burns) force their way through the crowds and barricade themselves inside the Lock-Up in a protest against the move.

The Secret was an evening of short plays written by members of Liverpool Playwrights, a group which provides support to scriptwriters in Liverpool with the aim of developing their skills and preparing work for the stage. The evening consisted of six plays performed script in hand by a group of local actors.

Flat Pack Music yet again excel with another highly entertaining performance in English, this time of Mozart’s classic four-act comic opera with this production from Musical Director Chris Gill and Director Joseph Buckmaster very much played for laughs.

Do you remember when you were a teenager and questioned your whole existence? Imagine having to try and figure this out in the 19th Century without Google to answer your questions and your parents don’t want you to know the truth to your questions.

The one hour, one man play was shown in a small vintage music and clothing store "Blast From The Past", Duke Street. Which accommodated an audience of only 25 people, it was a pleasure to be part of such intimate theatre.

Being from Liverpool, I’ve always felt a strong connection to the Titanic; from my house I can see the docks where the White Star Line building still stands – now converted into a plush hotel and spa – and I’ve been to the Maritime Museum more times than I can count, poring over photos and artefacts related to this remarkable story.

Liverpool-based theatre company Cuckootales took the brave decision to produce their version of the tale of Pinocchio. I say ‘brave’ because despite the seeming simplicity of the tale – woodcutter carves puppet out of magic tree, puppet is naughty but fairy helps him learn to be good, and when he has learned, he becomes a real boy – the tale has a complex structure, and Pinocchio’s character is not quite as likeable in the original story as he is in the Disney version.

In the not too distant past a director expounded to me about how they were going to re-present Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew to challenge and change its poor treatment of women. Without an adaptation they only managed to serve up a well-presented production of the original including somewhat ironically its subtext which, in my opinion, already achieves what they had set out to do.