This IS a magical roller-coaster of a Christmas with lots in store for us all this season!
Kicking off, with a laugh a minute, but you have to be quick; is the Playhouse, Aladdin rock and roll pantomime for all ages.
A traditional panto with a slight twist in the tale (if you can find it). Playhouse panto goers will certainly be familiar with the classic gags and punch lines a-plenty!.
It certainly is the legendary rock and roll panto that got us off to a great start, with all the usual fantastic stage performances from our favourite actors; notably Sam Haywood who was in the starring role with the ‘Dame’ hot on his heels attempting to rub his lamp.
I always enjoy the festive offerings of the Playhouse and I wasn’t let down this year.
This was a great night out for all, with music, mayhem and a damn good sprinkling of water thrown in!
We had the comical stars Adam Keast and Francis Tucker in good form, creating the all singing, all-dancing typical Playhouse pantomime that kept us all entertained.
If you get the chance to see one panto this year, then make it this one and you won’t be disappointed.
Tickets cost from £10 to £24 or £36-£86 for a family ticket, depending on performance and seating.
Well worth the evenings entertainment, value for money, thoroughly enjoyable, edge of the seat, audience participation ‘Everyman style’, side splitting laughs a minute, and, above all, don’t forget your umbrella. It’s raining Zen!!!!
Until January 18th Liverpool Playhouse, Williamson Square
0151 709 4776, http://www.everymanplayhouse.com
This evening (Saturday 26th October) sees the 9th Annual Event of the Merseyside Black Achievers Awards Ceremony, being staged at one of our many historical gems here in Liverpool, St George’s Hall. The name George seems to have become very popular this year, with the birth and recent christening of the heir to the throne, the young Prince George.
This prestigious occasion, recognises and celebrates our very dynamic and culturally diverse communities throughout the Merseyside Region. Those gifted and dedicated individuals, who have contributed and achieved excellence in their respective area of interest, are drawn from a broad spectrum of disciplines.
We all know the difficulties of the funding cutbacks throughout this City , but this yearly event is made possible through partnership working, and dogged determination that embraces all that is positive within our communities, whilst adopting that CAN DO attitude. This ensures that ordinary folks who just keep, keeping on, are duly applauded for their contributions at grass-roots level.
The weather forecast may have you running for cover this weekend, however I have it on good authority, upon entering the majestic Grade II listed building of St Georges Hall, a very warm Liverpudlian reception awaits it guests. No doubting they will be decked out in all their finery….so what are you waiting for?
Tickets are still available on-line, also listen out for further announcements by Garth Dallas of Diversity Magazine, on our local radio station at BBC Radio Merseyside on 95.8FM.
For further information go to the web site: firstname.lastname@example.org
SATURDAY 26th OCTOBER 2013 – ST GEORGE’S HALL, LIVERPOOL
Yes I know it’s still September and we usually don’t want to be reminded of how many days there are left nor the sound of Slade as you’re idly shopping for your bits. Even those gift hamper videos that fill you with regret and feigned intent for the next year may feel premature but it’s coming folks and the proverbial goose is getting fat ( well maybe not as fat as they used to be in the same way that Wagon Wheels can now easily fit in your pocket ) and I for one am looking forward to spending my Christmas at the Epsteins.
This year will be it’s second pantomime season since its refurbishment and under the steady hands of LHK production’s Santa in disguise Lee Kelly, no one will be on the naughty list as he gifts us with his production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Seasoned Theatre producer/director/choreographer Lee has outdone himself in snagging such a Liverpudlian cast in Crissy Rock ( Benidorm), Amanda Harrington ( Desperate Scousewives), Herbet of Liverpool( Celebrity Super Spa) and talented newcomer Laura Gregory. Oh and by the way I’m also claiming ex Hollyoaks Paul Danan as an adopted scouser. Lee’s success last year with Cinderella had undoubtedly left the Epstein with a clear choice to call on him again and his delight was evident:
“To produce something at the Epstein had always been a dream of mine since I first performed here as a 14 year old. I’m really honored to get such a brilliant cast.”
I was lucky enough to catch up with Some of that very cast and in my role of Cultural Champion I was eager to hear their thoughts on what it felt like to be part of the pantomime experience and also their own relationship with the city. First on my list was the Fairy Amanda Harrington;
Being no stranger to both Panto and to living in Liverpool, Prince Charming Paul Danan was keen to tell me his reasons for choosing to return here;
Having been an admirer of one particular cast member for quite some time (I urge to all to watch Ken Loach’s Ladybird Ladybird ) Christmas came early for me as I was fortunate enough to grab Wicked Queen Crissy Rock for a chat about all thing Liverpudlian;
The excitement shared amongst the whole of the cast was obvious to see and none more so than Snow White herself Laura Gregory who amazed us all with an impromptu singing performance showing just how perfect she is for the role. Also noted with certainty having seen him the year before, is that Mike Chapman playing the Dame is worth the ticket money itself . But be warned. You’ll need to bring a nappy ( I’m definitely not making that mistake twice).
Snow White runs from 12 December – 4th January.