The hallmark of a good production is if it can take a familiar play and make you look at it anew. This is what happened to me this afternoon, with Imaginarium’s production of Romeo and Juliet.
First, the setting is enchanting, under the greenwood tree in Prescot Woodland Theatre. The set itself is excellent – simple but effective - and the lighting, music, choreography, sword fighting, and costumes were all of an extremely high standard.
The beautiful Philharmonic Hall presents ‘Nashville Classics’, a night of first-class country music with Singers from Capital Voices; Annie Skates, Zoe Nicholas, Lance Ellington, Stephen Weller accompanied by the wonderful Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Tonight was conducted by the talented Kennedy Aitchison who brought the remarkable sound of the orchestra together with some wholesome country voices to create superb sounds and a grand spectacle for the audience to enjoy.
Many things are impossible. Sneezing with your eyes open, counting to infinity, keeping a toddler entertained with Shakespeare? The Rubbish Shakespeare company claimed this to be possible.. and they didn’t disappoint. Appropriate for ages 4-104. Intrigued, I had the pleasure of watching A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Hope Street Theatre. The small company worked well together. Made up for four actors in total they had an obvious passion for storytelling.
Continuing its celebration of 8 years running, Grin Theatre Company presented the second half of their Pride show, Queertet 2019. This performance, which included new pieces of energetic theatre, is traditionally the curtain raiser to Liverpool’s Pride festivities.
Warnock, written by Barry Levy, is an exploration of the shortcomings of the care and justice systems and what happens to people when things go wrong. Directed by Peter Sebastian, it tells the story of 16 year old Sasha Kilpatrick (Rebecca Bryan), a young homeless girl who has been in and out of the Warnock Youth Detention Centre.
Last night saw the final concert of the current season at Liverpool’s beautiful art deco Philharmonic Hall, with the opening and closing pieces full of the flavour of Italy, though for me, the jewel was Boris Giltberg’s performance of Beethoven’s Fifth Piano concerto, a forceful reminder of the difference between live and recorded music and why the orchestra forms such a vital part of the cultural life of the city.
Last night at Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre studio, opened a play called Bouncing Back written and directed by Gail Young.
And just who is the idiot? The amiable, artless Will (Samuel Pope), who gets his girlfriend pregnant and ends up stuck at home? The one who escapes to the big city and becomes trapped by drugs? Or the third one, who's unlucky enough to join the army and lose a leg (and has a lobotomy; ok, the song title is a clue if not the plot)?
The Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival, first launched in 1998, has become one of the major festivals and celebrations or Arabic culture and art, with the aim being to raise ‘awareness and promotion of Arabic culture in Liverpool, and in the UK’, and in 2010, the festival received the Arab British Centre’s Culture and Society Award for ‘an outstanding contribution to the public knowledge and understanding of life, society and culture of the Arab people in Britain.
The estate of Sudley House provides one of the perfect settings for Liverpool Network Theatre’s touring summer production of As You Like It under the direction of Frank Kennedy, with assistance from Michael Medlicott, James Gray, and Julie Hills. Whereas most of Shakespeare’s comedies are shadowed by death, this one offers four weddings and no funeral in a series of debates on the nature of love played out against a romantic woodland backdrop.
Recently celebrating its 8th year, Grin Theatre Company is Liverpool and Merseyside's only LGBTQ+ fringe theatre company. Despite the progress that has been achieved in recent years in relation to equality, it remains important that their voices continue to be heard and it is refreshing that Grin continues to provide a diverse and richly varied creative hub for artists from the LGBTQ+ community.
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