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Us Against Whatever, Everyman, Liverpool, Sam Taylor

Theatre Review: Us Against Whatever, Everyman, Liverpool

March 25, 2019 No Comments

If a British-Polish lesbian romance mixed with Hull City’s promotion to the Premier League and Brexit sounds like an unlikely recipe for a coherent piece of musical theatre, that’s because it is.

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Review: The Oakfield, Chester Zoo

February 18, 2019 Comments Off on Review: The Oakfield, Chester Zoo

There are many things to be spied at Chester Zoo. Some are majestic – a lioness roaring, or a male orangutan lumbering around his enclosure – and others are merely predictable.

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Theatre Review: Big Up! Unity Theatre, Liverpool

February 12, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Big Up! Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Five stars for a performance that was funnier, more engaging and more inventive than virtually any theatre production aimed at young children I’ve ever seen?

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Theatre Review: A Christmas Carol, Playhouse, Liverpool

December 13, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: A Christmas Carol, Playhouse, Liverpool

If Vic and Bob wrote a panto and had it produced by the League of Gentleman and performed by the cast of Big Train, it would probably look a bit like Spymonkey’s Christmas Carol.

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Theatre Review: Stick Man, The Lowry, Salford

December 12, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Stick Man, The Lowry, Salford

Roll up, families seeking a pre-schooler-friendly Christmas production without a cast full of X Factor semi-finalists and too many flashing lights.

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Theatre Review: The Snow Queen, Everyman, Liverpool 

December 3, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Snow Queen, Everyman, Liverpool 

It takes a brave panto producer to take a much-loved fairytale – the very same one, no less, that CBeebies used for their own televised Christmas stage show last year – and mess about with it quite as much as the Everyman has for this year’s festive rock ‘n’ roll offering.

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Review: The Lanterns at Chester Zoo

November 26, 2018 Comments Off on Review: The Lanterns at Chester Zoo

It should be an odd proposition.

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Review: The Monster Halloween Ball, Sefton Park Palm House, Liverpool

October 27, 2018 Comments Off on Review: The Monster Halloween Ball, Sefton Park Palm House, Liverpool

There is very little not to like about a three-year-old dressed as a witch doing the Time Warp.

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Theatre Review: The Animals and Children Took to the Streets, Liverpool Playhouse

October 22, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Animals and Children Took to the Streets, Liverpool Playhouse

It is barely 70 minutes long and its constituent parts are a trio of women with white-painted faces, an unseen piano and some cartoons.

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Review: Disney on Ice, Manchester Arena

October 17, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Disney on Ice, Manchester Arena

The mission was simple: survive.

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