Cats is a musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber based on a T S Elliot book, Old Posssum’s Book of Practical Cats. It first opened in London in 1981 and Broadway the following year and is the second longest running musical show in Broadway’s history and the fourth longest West End musical. This is no surprise!!
Ths show is set in a big scrap yard which overflows off the stage with eyes shining out in the darkness. Then to everyones surprise the cats crept in behind you down to the stage with their feline movements and fantastic make-up and costumes. The individuality of each cat is mesmorising and the characters and personalities of each one is described throughout the show. The cast of many were so talented and absolutely dynamic in their dancing it was difficult to concentrate on one part of the stage at any one time.
T S Elliot wrote the poems about these cats in the 1930s for his grandchildren and these poems put to music from Old Deuteronomy to Macavity brought the characters to life. ‘Who was your favourite?’ was the topic of conversation at the interval but no one could deny Grizabella a standing ovation for her part singing the song memories with such gusto and sentimentality.
I found the show’s energy, cast and production absolutely star quality. To think these productions are here on our doorstep in Liverpool is so amazing. It was another standing ovation night and ‘memories’ are made of these nights.
The UK’s only grassroots urban food film festival takes place in Liverpool from 21-24 November, featuring films, documentaries, debates, workshops, conversations, animations and feasts from around the world. The festival seeks to explore the enviromental, cultural and politacal impacts on the foods we grow, eat, waste and share.
30 food focused features, documentries , animations and short films will be sprouting up around the city. Look out for the seed-pod cinema, mobile milk float movie experience or bake some bread, spread it with local honey or forage for autumn jewels…..
Seasonal food and drinks, music and merriment are waiting for you!
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For those who hadn’t read the book before seeing the play, the opening may have been a bit confusing. The world of The Party where everyone is told what to do, what to think and the past is rewritten and altered to fit was brought to life on the stage through a combination of live action and live action delivered via video to a large screen. The two minutes of hate stood out as an example of how society can be taught to do things against their very nature as it becomes the norm and more than that becomes punishable if not done. The play highlighted words that we have in common usage ‘Big Brother is watching you’ and ‘Room 101’.
The lead Mark Arends, who was not off stage or camera for the whole production, was superb and literally looked exhausted after the torture scene which was scarily realistic. The rest of the cast were employed in many different roles and the repeat scene was impressive for its timing.
A great production, done well and in newspeak not ‘ungood’.
Well worth a visit, only for the over 14’s!