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Beauty and the Beast – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Kevin Dyer Music: Patrick Dineen Director: Nina Hakiyianni Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin Including a great deal of movement and physical theatre in a show for children is always a risk. While many delight in the comic antics and accent on movement, others insist on breaking the silence with their own dialogue – some of it from traditional Panto. In many ...

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Blood Runs Deep – Unity Theatre, Liverpool.

Writer: David Paul and Emma Culshaw Director: Margaret Connell Reviewer: James Eves The premise of Blood Runs Deep at first glance appears quite interesting and inviting. However, when the piece is performed in front of you, it quickly becomes apparent that the deepest this piece gets barely reaches surface level. Plagued with a loophole-filled script, questionable character arcs and performances that ...

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Beyond Belief – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Devised by Tmesis Theatre and Chris Fittock Director: Elinor Randle Reviewer: Abbie Rippon Do our souls live on after we have passed? What constitutes a soul? After we lose someone, what would happen if we could keep their soul in a microchip? In a world where our souls are bared online, Beyond Belief explores the potential of our existence continuing after ...

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Bestbeat – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Book/Music/Director: Francis Duffy Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin This is not so much a walk down Penny Lane as a saunter down the Memory Lane of Liverpool in the early 60s. Days when local pop show posters proudly trumpeted the names “John, Paul, George and … Pete”. The show is much more of a musical than a play and offers some good ...

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Place and Chips – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Deviser: Alice Bunker-Whitney Director: Montserrat Gili Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin This entertainment could easily be entitled The Place of Chips, dealing as it does with the unholy alliance of our bodies, food and our inner-self. Alice Bunker-Whitney explores the perennial problem of whether food is sinful, how friendly we are with our bodies and how happy we are in ourselves. We ...

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Nina – A Story About Me and Nina Simone – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

Concept: Josette Bushell-Mingo Director: Dritëro Kasapi Reviewer: John Kennedy To fans, friends and family, Nina Simone’s profession and personal life comprised an irresolvable struggle to define her identity regarding artistry and racial heritage as much as it was to be able to love, be loved and find a sense of belonging. With her passionate involvement with the 60s Black Civil Rights ...

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Luca Rutherford’s Political Party –  Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Devisers and Writers: Luca Rutherford and Alex Swift Director: Alex Swift Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin Meeting your audience in the bar and cheerily handing out crisps is a novel way to start a show. But then this is party-time not showtime. Luca Rutherford’s confusion over what politics is and what we should do about it is the theme in this neatly ...

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Best of BE Festival – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Performers: Kulunka Teatro, Robin Boon Dale & Romain Teule Reviewer: Daryl Holden Comprised of three vastly different pieces, the Best Of BE Festival is exactly what it says on the tin. Juggling, the language of the birds and mask work are what make up these hugely impressive and enjoyable shows from the Birmingham European Festival 2017. And what fantastic work ...

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