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
On the twelfth day of Christmas…my true love gave to me…12 works from my favourite local artists!
Forget the bath salts and handkerchiefs! This year, I’m wishing for beautiful and original art as a Christmas gift
Personal and original art is such a lovely thing and this year I’m looking at some of the great artists and artisans I know for some inspiring gifts for Christmas. Here’s my 12 days of Christmas wish list.
The very lovely Carol Ramsay from Arena Studios has set up her own design company. Selling beautiful hand-crafted artisan jewellery and accessories made using vintage maps, books and music scores, this is top of my list for something gorgeous.
Check out Jackdaw & Jay’s Facebook page for pictures and details of workshops to make your own Christmas decorations.
Original art fromThe Art Gallery, Bootle
Alice Rhenna’s community-based gallery has gone from strength to strength since it opened earlier this year and now you can buy many of the original works of art that have been exhibited there. Even better, if you can’t afford the prices straight off, Alice is offering a pay monthly scheme.
There’s also beautiful handmade gifts for saleand a selection of prints for sale that have recently come in by local and national artists. Works are for sale by Bernie Howden, Chrissie Howden, George Lund, Peter, Barker, Ross, Gibson, Phil Garrett.
Katie Greer is selling beautiful presents for Christmas. Her cinammon decorated candles are a must for a wonderful Christmassy smell. Yum!
Check out Katie’s shop at Etsy
Louise makes personalised cards for any occasion, with a donation from each going to a charity very close to my heart, SANDS – the Stillbirth and Neo-natal Death carity. She also makes lovely framed pictures with words of your choice.
Check out Louise’s Facebook page for more
Val at Cloverbrooks has some fab retro style crochet bags; ideal for storage, as well as pot holder, fruit bowls and cutesy owl doorstops.
Check out Cloverbrooks on Etsy
Whoever said ‘money can’t buy me love’ never met Jay from LoveartUk. Jay produces original, thought provoking art on the theme of love. Every piece is personal and unique and you can snap one up from as little as £30.
Contact Jay through the LoveartUK Facebook page
Michael is one of the most exciting photographers in Liverpool. His works are done in an über-realistic style and include the gorgeous ‘Queen’, which you could stare at for hours on end.
Check out Michael’s work at Michael Kirkham Potography’s Facebook page
Multi-disciplnary artist Jazamin’s stream-of-consciousness paintings are witty and vital. As well as producing some of the best art at this year’s Threshold Festival, Jazamin has had a solo exhibition “I’ve been using art as therapy all my life, honey” at the dot-art gallery off Castle Street and now you can buy her original work.
You can see more of Jazamin’s work and contact her through her website jazamin.co.uk
Nikki Simpkin’s Project Art has taken off into the stratosphere in 2013. So much so, I may be too late for Christmas. Oops! But there’s always my birthday next year. Nikki specialises in iconic art from famous films (I already have her ‘Audrey’) and she’ll also make a picture personal to you – your kids, your family, your crush, even!
If you order now Nikki will donate £10 from every sale to the Supporting Daniel charity.
Get in touch with Nikki on the Project Art Facebook page
Update! Nikki tells me it’s not too late and she’s taking orders up to 8th December
The Ragamuffins are the most exciting local band we’ve seen all year. Smashing it at Threshold 2013 and doing it big with wit, verve and a banging brass section, you can buy the band’s EP through their website theragamuffins.bandcamp.com
This year’s Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Gary Millar, may be just about the busiest man in the whole city, but he’s still found time to produce his second charity CD of the year with the proceeds set to go to some way to tackle homelessness. A great cause and the CD features some fantastic local talent – including Gary himself!
You can buy Voices of Angels at Parr Street Studios. Check out Gary’s Twitter for details @garymillar
Liverpool’s winter-wonderland-tastic Winter Arts Market returns to St George’s Hall for its fift year on 7th and 8th December. Featuring a bewildering array of local artists, the Winter Arts Market offers the chance to buy original and unusual art as well as workshops where you can make your very own work of art!
Not to be missed! Check out the Winter Arts Market Facebook page for details
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.