Billed as “part gig, part play, part apocalypse”, Songs For The End Of The World provides an arresting and thought provoking evening of theatre. In New Albion - a near-future dystopia of suffering and exploitation – New Global Inc have created an idyllic walled safe haven known as “Ashley Coombe”, where people can live without fear of foreigners or militant ‘free radicals’.
Published in 1873 by Jules Verne ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ is a well known and well loved story, adapted for stage by Laura Eason. The production from the New Vic Theatre was directed by Theresa Heskins and designed by Lis Evans; together they have distilled 125 characters, eight countries, six trains, five boats, four fights, a circus and an elephant into a cast of eight superb actors, a Victorian world map, chairs, tables, railings, suitcases and packing crates.
Entering the auditorium, both my husband and I felt a little out of place with the clear target audience being children, and us being a pair of adults without any. However, as soon as the show started we were able to relax into it and enjoy this scientifically quirky show as much as the next big kid.
Giselle is arguably one of the most famous romantic ballets and has been performed all over the world since the 1800s. The original tale of Giselle follows a peasant girl who falls in love with the wealthy Albrecht. In this adaptation we see Giselle (Tamara Rojo) as a migrant worker in a garment factory which has faced closure. A large wall blocks the workers prospects and any opportunity whilst keeping Giselle and her lover Albrecht (James Streeter) apart.
Compelling and Intense Production
Following its festival success in 2014, Stephen Smith’s Committed returns with this production from Falling Doors Theatre. Written following Smith’s own experiences as a concerned Belfast resident during the aftermath of the ceasefire, and directed here by Sarah Van Parys – a LJMU and Young Everyman Playhouse Director’s Course graduate - this is a compelling and intense play that captures the ever-difficult twists and turns of the Troubles.
Graeae Theatre Company’s raucous musical featuring the music of Ian Drury and the Blockheads pogos into the Liverpool Everyman. The concept of the show is straightforward, as we’re invited into the pub to watch Vinnie and friends perform a play in memory of his late dad.
As the storm battered down on Liverpool, I took refuge in the beautiful Empire theatre, with Neon lights and lots of energy, Flashdance -The Musical was my Solace.
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