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
I have always been fond of horses and for generations my family has kept thoroughbreds in a far and distant place, so I have grown up with their temperament, love and handling.
Today, you can buy a horse for £1 at any British farming auction, but it’s the after care and costs that are the most damaging.
A few years ago I happened to purchase a Hanoverian thoroughbred or Arab cross with great athleticism, soundness and good conformation…horsey terms for ‘controllable’.
“Zara” is jet black and beautiful, a warmblood, with it’s ancestry traced back to 1735 at Celle in Germany. Forget “Seabiscuit” this one rides like the wind!!!!
It’s no surprise that when a call came to see ‘War Horse’ at the Lowry, I jumped at the opportunity.
I can tell you, it was the best theatre I’ve seen for years….
I was spellbound.
The film is such a letdown by comparison, I don’t think Spielberg got it at all.
This stage show is so electrifying and the animatronic horse awesome- so lifelike. If you love horses like we do, then it adds an extra layer and really works on the emotions.
It’s such an exhilharating production that it makes you rejoice to be alive.
‘War Horse’, is a concert in a reading by its author Michael Morpurgo with songs from John Tams and Barry Coope in this heart-felt journey from peaceful Devon to the devastating consequences of the Great War, made real by a horse who didn’t have the human frailty of taking sides.
The book was adapted by Nick Stafford in association with the award winning ‘Handspring Puppet Company’ and, haven’t they done a fantastic job with the horse.
You will be amazed by the mechanism and the animatronics.
This epic story takes approximately 90 minutes to tell with no interval and it can be seen between…….
Dec 1st – Saturday 18th January…..
and like me, if you do not want to drive then Liverpool Timewell’s Coaches will get you there and back….
0151 526 3209 Warhorse @ The Lowry Theatre including theatre ticket for matinee performance Adult £43.90
If you make your own way then booking is essential….
Tickets £12-£20 The Lowry
Salford Quays (0843 208 6000)
If there was ever somebody that caught my attention so quickly in life by what they had done, it was Clare Brumby from Halewood.
Clare ticks all the right boxes in my life, as somebody who chases a dream and gets what she wants.
She has just returned from a months long stay in Barcelona, Catalonia Spain, to learn flamenco and pay tribute to Spain’s greatest flamenco performer, Carmen Amaya.
Clare was taught by professional flamenco dancer and teacher, Toni Moniz and supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
Moniz, who runs Escuela de Baile Flamenco Jose de la Vega, Barcelona, created choreography for Clare based on an old Carmen routine performed by the dancer in one of her many film appearances.
Clare told me that the training process was very hard work, but it was an amazing experience and she feels so grateful to have the opportunity to learn more about flamenco culture and find out about what made Amaya unique.
Amaya started dancing before her teenage years up until the early 1960′s and stood out because she was so strong.
Clare says” Her footwork was so fast that even male flamenco dancers couldn’t match her, but what I discovered through learning similar dance steps, was that while she challenged gender roles within flamenco, her performances were also about confidence and having great strength in her femininity.”
This year marks the Centennial of Carmen Amaya’s birth, and the works created by Clare, during her numerous workshops will be shown, in a celebration event, using the amazing floor-space of the Academy, Halewood on Tuesday 19th November, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of Carmen Amaya’s birth.
Halewood Academy 15.30-17.15pm
The Avenue Halewood L26 1UU
Checkout Clare’s full project and be amazed…….