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Vanessa Murray, Gig Review. Thornton Hough. Wirral.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

A new year brings new opportunities, the chance it seems to shed old skin, to find a way to look at the world and say in a loud, clear and utterly devastatingly luxurious voice, “You’re mine“.

The complicated relationship we have with time is such that those we come to believe are special, somehow slip further from our sight, we find that it is impossible to keep up with their star, with their purpose and drive, and that in turn becomes a kind of sadness when we realise just how much they have gone through in between one day and the next.

Only Child, Gig Review. Thornton Hough, Wirral.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

A poet is a rare thing, especially when they carry a guitar, sing songs of beauty and despair, of anger and peace, in the same set and often in the same tune. A poet doesn’t have to found nervously thumbing their notes behind a curtain waiting for the time honoured introduction, or putting their demands down in a flourished way which is hidden by the obscure and sometimes cryptic.

Maddie Stenberg, Gig Review. Thornton Hough, Wirral.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Confidence is an amazing thing, it can tear down mountains, raise the seas, and give you something that doesn’t come naturally, it gives you the ability to understand just how far you can push yourself. To hear it being sung with such exuberance and in its demurest form is to know that the musician on stage doesn’t just want to succeed themselves, they want you to feel that you also can take on the world and at least play it at its own game and with a level playing field.

Bob Hope’s War In Vaudville.


We stopped waving our pictures of Bob Hope,

now that the joke has worn thin,

different ways to fly the flag, smile

for the cameras, flash bulbs popping,

headlines made, U.S.O. satisfied

and the men grin

on the face of it,

not wanting to worry the folks back home.

We stopped sending letters, redacted, blacked out

lines, forcing half truths,

or no truths to take hold in lie,

lie, lie, lie

and yet they still sent Bob Hope,

with a smile, with a gag,

Celebrating The 25th Anniversary Of A True Classic Liverpool Tale At The Royal Court.

ABD Productions is celebrating the 25th anniversary of one of the most loved shows in Liverpool theatre with a lavish new production at Liverpool’s Royal Court.

Her Benny was originally published in 1879 and is a book that has been read by generations of Liverpool children.

Silas Hocking’s rags to riches story, in which love and courage are the only two things that keep Benny and Nell going, became one of Liverpool’s best loved musicals with more than 800,000 people having seen the show since it was adapted for the stage by Anne Dalton in 1993.

Lizan Mitchell And Kim Tatum To Star In First U.K. Run Of Acclaimed U.S. Social Satire Dead And Breathing At The Unity Theatre.

Lizan Mitchell (Television: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Good Wife, The Wire. Broadway: Electra, Having Our Say, So Long on Lonely Street) and Kim Tatum aka Mzz Kimberley (Television: EastEnders and Cold Feet, Project Cat Walk, Transformation Street; Theatre;  Summer in London; Theatre Royal Stratford East) are set to star in the first U.K. run of acclaimed US social satire Dead and Breathing by Chisa Hutchinson

Spiteful old Carolyn Whitlock wants to die already. She’s been sick with cancer for almost as long as she can remember and the pain has made her so mean that there’s no one left who loves her.

Ibiza To the Norfolk Broads, Theatre Review. Unity Theatre, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Alex Walton. Rob Newman, Margaret Campbell.

We all have something we use to get us through the day, that one powerful pull in which insists that we can be better than the sum of our parts or the total of fears, in which guides us towards the light with a smile or which holds on to our soul when we become too fascinated with the dark and its surroundings; the day we lose that final piece of the puzzle which has made us whole, is the day we have to admit we have lost.

They Might Be Giants, I Like Fun. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Just because a song happens to be about death or the overwhelming subject of dread, does not mean it has to be in vain, it doesn’t have to have the music accompaniment that is sombre, almost too serious or downright sober and gloomy. What it can supply, and what They Might Be Giants have succeeded once again in capturing, is that life, no matter how draining an experience it can be, is there to enjoy and part of life is the understanding that to have the good, you must also praise and see the smiles in the bad times.

The Sad Song Co., Worth. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

A person’s confession, is in itself, an act of self sacrifice, a demand for reason to become clear, to allow the possible misjudgements imposed by others, to become evident and to lay down the individual’s own thoughts and deeds, not to be hampered by society, convention or false dawn of other’s statements.

Fit To Rule: How Royal Illness Changed History. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

History is what defines us; it is what has shaped our nation and those around us, without the ability to learn from it, to take comfort in its meaning or to be able to look at the parallels in which we can draw conclusions of in today’s world. We may as well arguably find ourselves bereft of the ability to reason, to wonder and imagine; we may as well start again and scrap anything and everyone that has lived in the last thousand years.