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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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The Jungle Book – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Book: Rudyard Kipling Writer: Kevin Dyer Music: Angus McLeod Director: Nina Hakiyianni Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin With the film version of The Jungle Book still a firm favourite, a stage version is a good bet for children, especially at Christmas. The characters and tales are originally spread across two Jungle Books that Rudyard Kipling wrote in 1894 and 1895. The cast ...

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Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Action Transport & Unity present Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf

Writer: Kevin Dyer Composer: Patrick Dineen Director: Nina Hajiyianni Reviewer: Tate James This festive family offering is a treat from the minute we enter the woods until we leave at the end, humming the tunes. The Unity Theatre is transformed into a dark and mysterious forest direct from the pages of a storybook in a witty and intelligent production that ...

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Homotopia Festival: The Rise and Fall of the Hamburger Queen – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Paul Burke and Ashleigh Owen Director: Paul Burke Review: Tate James If its quirky title doesn't grab your attention then the self-professed triple-threat talent of its leading lady will. The Rise and Fall of the Hamburger Queen is a highly amusing romp, inspired (very) loosely by true events, chronicling the life of aspiring dancer and plus-size personality Ashleigh. The daughter ...

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