Ward is jovial and entertaining…and his enthusiasm clearly found a welcome home with the orchestra
Ensemble 10/10 is all about new worlds and conductor Duncan Ward’s programme takes us further as we explore the cycles of life and death through five separate pieces that explore this theme through either its human form or through nature.
So, the last time I was in the Philharmonic Hall, it was to review Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. Tonight I was back there listening to Beethoven again, but this time, it was the famous composer at the beginning of his career with his less well-known Irish sidekick, Barry, as imagined by the Irish sketch comedy trio comprising Sean Finegan, Conor McKenna, and Sean Flanagan or, as they are collectively known, Foil, Arms and Hog.
Liverpool’s Royal Court Youth Theatre and North West End Acting School present “The Unlikely Candidate”. This dark comedy is based on the myths and legends of Jack the ripper, except in this version, everything is very, very, very scouse. The theatre company asks “are you ready to discover a tale so bold it should never be told?” and to be complete honest, no I wasn’t ready for what I was going to witness!
Some things are timeless. A great song, a great location, the human appreciation of dogs. Similarly, the pure joy that can be found in physical, silent, slapstick comedy of the early 20th century seems to be an eternally effective universal language and Told By An Idiot’s latest world pays great credit to that.
It is now a long established fact that George Romero’s 1968 flick Night of the Living Dead revolutionised the zombie. These brain devouring monsters have been shuffling across our screens since the Dawn of the Cinema, but it wasn’t until Romero came along that they were injected with such unsettling realism.
It’s colourful, passionate and ravishingly entertaining from start to finish!
The Broadway & West End Production of ‘On Your Feet’ tells the ups and downs of acclaimed singer; Gloria Estefan’s rise to fame, from struggling to persuade promoters to book an English speaking venues to selling over 100 million records worldwide, it’s a story of determination, love and the battle for success. But it’s the vocals, music and choreography that’s really going to impress in this production, in short, the Rhythm really is going to get you.
Beethoven Symphony No.4
Beethoven Missa Solemnis
While Beethoven’s Fourth is one of his lesser known symphonies, this may be due to it being overshadowed by the towering achievements that are the Third (Eroica) and the Fifth, both of which moved the symphonic form forward and away from previous masters, such as Haydn, but is in no way due to a lack of intrinsic musical merit, as shown so clearly in this performance by the RLPO, led by Andrew Manze.
The Last Will and Testament of Henry van Dyke, directed by Joy Harrison, is meta piece of theatre, featuring two male characters, Person 1 (Nathan Wright) and Person 2 (Niall Murphy).
On a blustery Saturday evening in February, battling with Storm Dennis, myself and around 2,000 Tina Turner fans bundled into the Liverpool Empire to watch a show which celebrated the 50-year career of the iconic Tina Turner. The show was a tribute act and I must confess, I’m always slightly cynical about tributes, especially when this particular artist could so easily be caricatured and completely miss the mark.
Local theatre collective 20 Stories High based in Toxteth, make creative collaborative performance with culturally diverse young people and emerging artists. They offer a platform and a much needed voice to young creatives to explore issues that affect their daily lives and society as a whole. Through spoken word, music and movement and design they explore the things that really matter in the community around them.
George Orwell’s famous novel is brought to life by the Young Everyman Playhouse company. This allegorical piece about farm animals who decide to rebel against the farmer, looks at the rebellion and how the growth of a society run by the animals goes wrong. It is a piece that, as the company themselves say, is poignant in our current political climate.
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