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Thursday, January 4, 2018

MADEUP’s best Liverpool shows 2017 by Vicky Anderson

Here we are again at the end of another year; so without further ado, here’s a bit of a list – the best theatre and performance from Liverpool (and surrounds) of 2017.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

THE JUNGLE BOOK – Liverpool by Vicky Anderson

The Unity’s Christmas show occupies a much-needed niche by virtue of it offering an affordable family show that is a panto-free zone.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

‘A genuinely affecting evening’: The Birth of Death by Vicky Anderson

Joanne Tremarco begins in the audience, asking questions and hearing people’s stories about near-death experience, or how they would like to die. Immediately, she has tapped into something.

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… The Vaudevillians’ Jinkx Monsoon by Vicky Anderson

It’s nearly November, which means Homotopia is here – and for the first time, the LGBT+ arts festival is bringing a RuPaul’s Drag Race winner to Liverpool.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Dead Baby Frog’s Sofie Hagen by Vicky Anderson

“My new show is about living with my emotionally abusive grandfather and the therapy I underwent because of it,” says Sofie Hagen. “It’s still stand up – there are plenty of jokes …

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Friday, October 6, 2017

THE TIN DRUM – Touring & London by Vicky Anderson

The Tin Drum is an assault on the senses, a wild, unrelenting ride that jolts its audience out of any complacency and dazzles bright.

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Thaddeus Bent’s Fear-tre of Fear – Liverpool by Vicky Anderson

If a creepy sense of deja vu has descended on you, dear reader, fear not; this is indeed the second review of this show, at this venue, on this site.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Carnival of Eternal Light’s Looking Glass returns to Liverpool by Vicky Anderson

The Looking Glass is the new, interactive, family-friendly show by Manchester-based theatre company Carnival of Eternal Light, inspired by the well-known and well-loved works of Lewis Carrol…

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Blame it on Bianca del Rio in Liverpool by Vicky Anderson

Season six winner Bianca can fill theatres all over the world with her one-woman shows, she made her own movie Hurricane Bianca, and famous fans include Graham Norton and the late Joan River…

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

THE ROYAL – Liverpool by Vicky Anderson

Returning to the theatre after its premiere run last year, the madcap Scouse play tells the story of a bunch of misfits trapped in the Royal Liverpool Hospital as the old building – a land…

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A plea to the Arts Council: Why Liverpool needs Merseyside Dance Initiative by Vicky Anderson

A few months ago when Arts Council England announced their funding allocation for the next four years, one of the shocks that came out of it was the dropping of Liverpool’s MDI as a Nation…

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

GYPSY QUEEN – Liverpool by Vicky Anderson

Gypsy Queen achieves a lot in a single act. At the heart of this 70-minute boxing drama is an unexpectedly sweet gay love story, and a relationship shaped both by the macho world of sport an…

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

INTERVIEW: #EdFringe spotlight on… Naughty Corner Productions  by Vicky Anderson

Naughty Corner Productions formed in Edge Hill University in 2013 and are taking not one, but three shows to the Edinburgh Fringe this summer – but not before a preview run at the Unity ne…

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

I AM A TREE – Liverpool by Vicky Anderson

Jamie Wood’s latest work, I am a Tree, closed this year’s Physical Fest with a sold-out performance at the City of Liverpool College’s Arts Centre, where the festival was forced to rel…

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Friday, June 23, 2017

CARTOONOPOLIS – Liverpool by Vicky Anderson

Cartoonopolis was first performed in the Playhouse Studio a couple of years ago, where it came into existence thanks to actor Lewis Bray’s involvement with YEP [Young Everyman and Playhous…

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Friday, May 19, 2017

IMPROVATHON 2017 – Liverpool by Vicky Anderson

Notably more settled into its new home of the Invisible Wind Factory than last year, the event is presented in two-hour long episodes and action is (kind of) recapped at the top of each one,…

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

THE PUNTER – Liverpool by Vicky Anderson

GP Margaret (Denise Kennedy) keeps her patients at arms’ length, not only simply to get through each day’s crippling workload, but also to avoid confronting her personal problems. Nichol…

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

THE STORY GIANT – Liverpool by Vicky Anderson

As the Everyman’s company season continues, The Story Giant takes to the stage. An adaptation of a tale by Mersey Poet Brian Patten, it brings together a wealth of the theatre’s backstag…

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

COMMITTED – Liverpool by Vicky Anderson

Committed, Stephen Smith’s bleak tale of a fractured community in 90s Belfast was first performed as part of Liverpool Irish Festival a few years ago in 2014.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF – Liverpool Everyman by Vicky Anderson

Tradition is indeed the main theme of this classic musical – not the usual fodder for this particular Liverpool stage, you will agree; the tale of Tevye, the turn-of the century Russian pe…

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Liverpool dance festival LEAP marks 25 years by Vicky Anderson

LEAP – Liverpool’s only annual festival of contemporary dance – shines a light on the city’s ‘invisible art form’ as part of its 25th anniversary celebrations this year.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

JULIE ATHERTON – Ormskirk by Vicky Anderson

It was another musical theatre coup at Edge Hill this week, as Preston-born West End star Julie Atherton took to the Arts Centre stage, for a fun and enjoyable one-night event.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017


Karimloo, a Phantom and Les Mis heavyweight, happily shrugged off the ostentation of the musical theatre world to present his stripped-down take on the songs he loves, re-arranging them with…

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Liverpool: Real-life Cartoonopolis is a Fundraising Hit by Vicky Anderson

A lovely good news story for the start of the year comes from Liverpool actor Lewis Bray, who set up a modest crowdfunding campaign to raise the last bit of cash to take his one-man show on …

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

THE STAR – Liverpool by Vicky Anderson

Michael Wynne’s The Star is a celebratory theatrical knees-up, drawing on the old-style variety show format with a behind-the-scenes drama and broad social commentary that makes for a fun,…

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Year in Review: Vicky Anderson’s top 5 Liverpool shows of 2016 by Vicky Anderson

Two fantastic things to happen this year included making it on to Radio 4’s Front Row programme to review the Everyman’s The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary! (which was so deliciously c…

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Friday, December 9, 2016

LIVERPOOL: Poet Lemn Sissay joins 20 Stories High as patron by Vicky Anderson

Liverpool-based young people’s theatre company 20 Stories High announced their first patron this week – the poet, author and theatre maker Lemn Sissay. The company say they have been tal…

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Monday, December 5, 2016

LITTLE RED & THE BIG BAD WOLF – Liverpool by Vicky Anderson

Away from the glitz and the camp and the general hyperactivity of panto, the Unity offers an alternative, gentle style of festive storytelling that has really carved its own niche. In recent…

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Scouse: A Comedy of Terrors… – Liverpool by Vicky Anderson

“The people of Liverpool, and the Liverpool People’s Party, invite the Prime Minister to mind his own business. Here in Liverpool, we’re nearer to space than we are to London. London i…

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

LIVERPOOL: Dance lecturer takes on TV talent shows in Strictly Sickly by Vicky Anderson

Ever wondered what really happens behind the sequins and smiles on TV dance spectaculars? Strictly Sickly, which comes to Liverpool's Capstone Theatre this week, brings to life the rumbas an…

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Monday, November 14, 2016

THE RUBY SLIPPERS – Liverpool by Vicky Anderson

Owing as much to RuPaul’s Drag Race as it does to Coronation Street, The Ruby Slippers is a new show about love, identity and following your dreams, with a true northern warmth and a big g…

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