To write a play about the northern club circuit, the credentials of Tony Staveacre are beyond reproach. His credits range from writing about renowned crooner Al Bowlly to a history of slapstick comedy via band leaders and “Stand up for Liverpool” which may have been the germ of an idea for this play “Jigsy”.
MakeyUppers’ original, comic interpretation of classic fairy tales is currently being streamed on the University of Liverpool website as part of their Culture Unconfined Festival, an online celebration of film, drama, music and poetry created in response to the current COVID-19 crisis. Written and performed by Gemma Walker-Farren and Sorcha Shanahan, the video combines recordings of various live performances.
Advertised as a comical, immersive promenade performance based on Liverpool’s 800-year horrible, hidden history, Theatre On Foot’s latest venture had certainly picked the perfect venue with the red brick St Dunstan’s Liverpool, dating from 1889, whose, in the words of Pevsner, ‘interior impresses with gloomy atmosphere’ combining wonderfully with its more recent overhaul to improve colour, drama, light, and movement.
Joyce Grenfell was without doubt one of the most enduring and consummate comedic artists that this country has ever produced. She was and still is an inspiration for many up and coming female comediennes and actors. Grenfell had superb comic timing and a wonderful repertoire of achingly funny and warm characters. She was quite simply one of the most talented and some may say vastly underrated performers of her generation.
A Hand-Made Tale, from Unity Young Creatives, in association with Katy-Anne Bellis for Headstrung Puppets, is a surreal exploration of isolation and its effects on mental health. Ironically relevant to the current climate, this disorientating piece of theatre, directed by Roger Hill, Carl Cockram and Kate Jeffries, is beautifully intricate and fantastically bizarre.
A quirky, comic parody of a classic murder mystery.
In Fred Carmichael's witty send-up of the archetypal Agartha Christie ‘whodunnit’, a failing novelist, Peter Knight (Paul Murray) spends the night in a bleak house on the Devon coast in a desperate attempt to write a murder mystery to help save his career.
A trilogy of music, Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt: Suite No 1, Op 46, Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No 1 in E Flat Major and Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Op 64: Suite create an emotional and powerful evening of music. Conductor, Diego Matheuz guides the orchestra and works wonderfully with pianist, Stephen Hough for Liszt’s dark concerto.
An evening at Liverpool's Empire Theatre, The Lincoln Centre Theatre's production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic 'The King and I.'
The story of Anna, an English governess who tries to help an Eastern king to come to become part of with the modern world, but he is unable to resist the forces of ancient customs.
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