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Peter Pan, Theatre Review. Epstein Theatre, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Cast: Dane Bowers, Claire Simmo, Lewis Pryor, Joanne Harper, Michael Chapman, Georgia Austin, Chris Barton, Eleiyah Navis, Adam Coyne, Alliyah Hennessey, Libby Sunter, Faye Keating, Rachel Heron, Libby Walker, Liv Baccino, Beth Baccino, Jacob Robinson.

Humanity needs more people who see the world through the same eyes, the same clarity of vision that author and playwright J.M. Barrie did when he created the characters of Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Wendy Darling and Tinker Bell, perhaps then it might not be so centred on greed and destruction. Instead, as is always hoped for at this time of year, the pull of being decent, of holding out a hand to a fallen lost boy or fellow darling, is the right way to be. It is an ideal, of being brave in a world of adults, cutlasses and poison, of listening to your heart, of believing and one that Peter Pan flies high.

Cary Balsano, Horizon. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Despite it being engrained deeply into our D.N.A., we seem collectively to have lost sight of an ideal to which humanity once aspired to with every breath taken and with beat of pulse that ran through our body. Whether individually it matters is one thing, but as a group, as a society, we seem to have lost the ability in many respects to open up our minds to new adventures, to push back the boundaries in our own lives as well as those around us, we have lost sight of the next Horizon to conquer, to flourish within and make this world just a little nicer for those yet to come.

Winter At Home.

 

I promised myself

no more cold winters

stuck indoors

as I approached the autumn

years of fifty.

I promised with hand on heart,

a vow to my then hopefully older self

that by then, the words would have meant

something more, that the days

would be long and bright,

not sat under a blanket,

with two pairs of socks, a cardigan, long johns on

trying to keep my nose from freezing

and turning blue, choosing

between heating the house and eating a meal,

Paul Dunbar & The Black Winter Band, Made My Peace With You. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

Winter is upon us, the dark nights have crawled in, the fog of uncertainty has become a more dangerous proposition and the furious and the disenchanted have taken root inside the minds of all who consider scorn and unwarranted cynicism a viable solution to the problems that we face together. It is in that almost unshakable nihilism that the brightness of a single star can be seen as a wonder, that to find a reason to show the sneering and the put down merchants why exactly you should be able to say calmly the words, Made My Peace With You, without stooping to their level.

Kate Rusby, Gig Review. Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Christmas means something different to everybody, whether they celebrate it or not, whether it is in the joy of family, togetherness, being with friends, surrounded by strangers but with a common love in which to bond, or in just the thought of a set of songs that grab their attention and make the time of year more thoughtful, reflective, even for some bearable. Music is what binds all when the first drops of snow hit the ground and the carol singers can be found with lamps in hand, a weapon against the darkness of the northern sky.

Beauty & The Beast, Theatre Review. The Black-E, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Cast: Tori Hargreaves, Nick Langmead, Jamie Greer, Adam McCoy, Helen Carter, Alan Stocks, Ciaran Kellgren, Brandon Incles, Libby Fairhurst, Michael Hall, Shannon McFadden.

There is a monster in all of us, a beast to whom only the love of one person can fight hard enough to quell and set on a course to love and to being the person we wish to be seen as by the rest of the world. To find such a person is sometimes all we can hope for, it is the very essence of our time, to have, to hold, to rip off the mask we have put to keep the hurt at bay.

Mother Goose, Theatre Review. The Casa, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Bob Towers, Edmund O’ Hare, Teneye Alvarado, Maggi Green, Charlotte Thomas, George Melling, P.J. Murray, Yahya Baggash, Peter Durr.

 

The song is right, it is the most magical time of the year, one in which we come together to hopefully remember what true message is, one not to be sucked into a world of commercialism, one not to be in the grip of debt, not one to be feel the need to be greedy or over burdened by the selfishness of others. Just one that allows the heart to find forgiveness to others and to yourself, one that in which children and adults alike can find the delight in time together and one which even in the depths of a snow filled scene can lead to a love that might not thought possible.

Arthur Askey’s First Curtain Call.

 

It is all about introducing children

to the delight of theatre,

thrill them with a funny

but beautiful tale at Christmas

when they are young, and in hope,

you will have them for life.

I was seven before I first saw my first panto,

played out for some reason

on my birthday and with Jimmy Edwards

and Arthur Askey on stage,

Hello playmates and bushy moustached Whacko

transferred from my bedside radio

to the grandness of the Birmingham Hippodrome,

my birthday, I needed to visit the toilet

Leaves’ Eyes, Sign Of The Dragonhead. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Some genres, some bands, just suit the epic perfectly. Place the right set of songs into the setting that befits them and stories can appear in the listener’s minds without even realising it. The grandeur, the history of the piece discussed, the musical offering becomes a blockbuster which goes beyond the heroic and becomes a symphony to the exploits of humanity, the adventures, the sagas.

Deinonychus, Ode To Acts Of Murder, Dystopia And Suicide. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

We are fascinated, as a society by the macabre, the acts of the Penny Dreadful and the interest in the disturbing and shocking actions of Government, disaster, horror and the pain received. We eat up these visual and aural stories, we soak in them as Lady Bathory would in the blood of her victims, we seek further information about the grizzly and it becomes a conversation piece when news relayed of the passing of someone in a ghoulish or morbid manner; no matter how refined or undaunted by the ghastly we believe we are, there is nothing quite like an Ode To Acts Of Murder, Dystopia and Suicide to get the blood pumping.