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)
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.
This Saturday 23rd Nov at Greenbank Sports Academy, between 1.30pm and 6.30pm sees Liverpool Roller Birds take on Sheffield Steel then Plymouth Roller Girls in this fast paced, exciting contact sport.
If you have seen the film ‘Whip It’ with Drew Barrymore, then take time out with the kids to go along and watch this action packed afternoon. Adults £5 with kids under 16 FREE.
Roller derby is predominantly a female contact sport played by women on retro roller skates on a flat surface.
Its roots lie in America, where it has been played for decades.
Liverpool saw its first and only team set up in 2009 and has gone from strength to strength.
Visit once and you will be taken by this fiercely competitive, theatrical, grippingly lively action sport; but do take time out to visit the café and stalls with cakes and sugar-skulls aplenty!
Greenbank Sports Academy