Last night I had an impromptu pleasure to reviewing Ireland’s Call, a one man shows performed and developed by John Connors. The show was 55 mins in length followed by an audience Q&A with John and the Producer of the show plus a representative from the Royal Court. It has been performed around the world and is now ranking 60 plus shows from theatres to schools to rehab centres. It debuted as part of the Belfast International Festival.
Trojan Horse is a play based on the real-life events of the Trojan Horse scandal when the government tried to close down schools believing that Islamist ethos were being instilled into students in Birmingham. Writers Helen Monks and Matt Woodhead spent over 200 hours interviewing people who were directly involved in the events of the scandal and this play takes their words and dramatizes them.
Adapted from the critically acclaimed 2001 French romantic comedy film, Amélie – The Musical, under the direction of Michael Fentiman, concludes its UK tour at the Playhouse Liverpool.
An innately funny show…which at its heart contains a feel-good story
Rainhill Garrick have limbered up wonderfully under the direction of David Parker and choreography of Jo Webster to bring us Richard Harris’ popular play which follows a group of seven women and one man, who each have their own reasons for turning up every Thursday night to a beginner’s tap class run by Mavis (Webster), a failed professional dancer.
Matthew Rawcliffe the grand finalist in the BBC Young Dancer 2019 competition brings his specially commissioned dance piece to the MDI Leap Dance Festival.
One of the best loved musicals of all time, Les Misérables is being performed at Liverpool’s Empire Theatre, 34 years after its debut performance. The house was packed and expectations were high, and this production of Victor Hugo’s classic story of love, loss and poverty in nineteenth century France, inspired by the artwork of the author, is sure not to disappoint.
Anyone who loves Julia Donaldson’s tale of Tabby McTat (and who doesn’t?) can’t help but love this dramatized musical version by Freckle Productions.
Achy Breaky Bride is a new musical telling the story of wedding dress shop owner Jolene and her struggles with her own love life whilst trying to make other people have the perfect romantic day at their wedding. The show uses pre-existing Country classics including Jolene, Crazy, Rose Garden and Achy Breaky Heart. The show is cheesy and feel good and it includes some of Liverpool’s very best talent.
Box of Tricks Theatre present Under Three Moons, is a story of friendship, exploring themes of growing up and the ties that remain after growing apart. A unique look at male relationships in the modern world, this is a refreshingly honest piece of theatre, which is astounding in its simplicity.
Liverpool’s Royal Court does a fantastic job at producing new musicals set in Liverpool and their current production of Girls Don’t Play Guitars is no exception. This is a fantastic showcase of the cast’s musical abilities and of the music of the not very well known all-girl rock’n’roll group The Liverbirds.
This is the 26th LEAP festival. Coordinated by MDI the festival brings together artists from across the UK providing a platform for them to share their passion, talent and sheer joy of performing with dance as the catalyst.
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