Graeae Theatre productions present “One Under” by Winsome Pinnock. Two stories run parallel, one follows Cyrus, a troubled man whose life changes forever when someone jumps in front of his train and loses their life. Greif-stricken and consumed by guilt, he pursues a friendship with the mother of the deceased to try find clues and answers.
Pique Niche’s first production, Picture This, under the direction of Donna M Day, presents three plays which explore relationships and family life in Liverpool with links to art and photographs.
Tonight, was my first time at ‘The Little Theatre’ in Birkenhead. To be honest I was expecting to see the musical version of the show as I’ve never heard of anyone putting on the play version before, so it was a night of many surprises.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert is an all singing, all dancing, glitzy musical show with an exuberant talented cast based on the Oscar-winning film of the same name. It highlights the adventures of three friends who take a shabby, beat-up old van across the Outback in Australia to put on a show of a lifetime. Their ambitious trip is a heartening story of self-discovery and acceptance.
It was a dark and stormy night... back in 1816, the Year Without Summer, when Byron challenged his companions to write something to rival a German ghost story. Fruitful indeed, considering Dr Polidori's tale of The Vampyre seems to have influenced Stoker's Dracula. And curious that neither Byron himself nor Shelley were able to conjure anything up, while it turned out to be Mary Shelley's claim to fame.
For eighty minutes Lucy Jane Parkinson has the audience enthralled as she recounts the story of Joan of Arc. Surprisingly, the tale of the 15th Century teenage firebrand who dressed as a man to lead an army against the English and get the Dauphin Charles on the throne, before being burned at the stake for heresy, has much contemporary resonance.
Best Beat is a play by Francis Duffy telling the story of Pete Best, who was the original drummer of The Beatles but later, got replaced by Ringo Starr. It tells the story of his love life, his life with The Beatles and it gives an insight into his life after being fired from The Beatles.
I was initially sceptical when I discovered the Everyman & Playhouse’s young people’s programme (YEP) were taking on Jim Cartwright’s Road. It was clearly a deliberate decision to follow up their previous show Crowd (which was devised by the company) with a renowned, written text. I was unsure if a young cohort would be able to weave their way through Cartwright’s 1980’s vision with the appropriate poise.
The Gloop Show, created and performed by autistic green drag queen, Oozing Gloop, is a commentary on life and politics in the 21st century, presented through an explanation of the place of vowels of the English alphabet in the universe.
This new work-in-progress play wrong-footed me. I expected a ‘worthy’, earnest issue-based youth theatre piece; what I got was a profoundly compelling and moving personal monologue – and an electric performance from actress/writer Abby Melia, based on her own experience of witnessing her mother’s abusive treatment at the hands of her partner.
Agatha Christie plays are almost impossible to write about because the audiences are sworn not to reveal anything which creates a challenge in writing a review of this ingenious production that follows Leonard Vole (Lee Burnitt) who has been accused of killing a widow: only time will tell whether he can convince the jury that he is an innocent man, in a court presided over by Mr Justice Wainwright (Les James) and court clerk (Sue Massey).
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