TC&I, Great Aspirations. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

It is almost the contradiction of Charles Dickens’ erstwhile narrative hero Philip Pirrip, instead of great expectations, there is instead situated at the heart of TC&I’S four track E.P. Great Aspirations, a more honest approach to the English language, a modern dialect in the hands of two musicians with vision, who by all rights would have been crowned kings of their world.

Jersey Boys, Theatre Review. Empire Theatre, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Cast: Michael Watson, Simon Bailey, James Winter, Karl James Wilson, Stephen O’ Brien, Joel Elferink, Mark Heenehan, Arnold Mabhena, Tara Young, Olive Robinson, Amy Thiroff, Dan O’ Brien, Peter Nash.

Musicians: Francis Goodhand, Tom Theakston, Sarah Burrell, Christian Sutherland, Iestyn Jones, Samuel Firsht.

There are many voices, lauded, passionate, full of life, that we hear every day, their songs enthral us, unite us, remind of what it is too feel, to be part of something bigger that we might believe ourselves to be. What we do forget though is the stories behind those voices, we forget as we listen to our favourite song or sit in the blissful memory of a tune that transports us back in time, that the songs came from somewhere deep and personal, that they are the product of a moment that is forever framed.

It Is Never Just About The Album.

 

It is never about just the album,

the vinyl, the picture on the front

that greeted you, the small

detail of mass produced typed information

on the back that caught the serious addict

in mid stumble with their fingers…

…it is the wealth of memory

that each album represents,

you might instantly remember

or pause to reflect

who you were with that fateful day

when you spied something that caught your heart,

that made it pound faster, groan under the weight

of another lost love,

A Brand New Production Of The Feel Good Musical Summer Holiday Comes To Chester’s Storyhouse This Autumn.

Based on the iconic 1960s film starring Cliff Richard and The Shadows, this brand new stage musical of Summer Holiday includes all of the number one hits from the movie, plus some additional Cliff Richard classics.

The famous red double-decker bus will be stopping off at Storyhouse this Autumn to entertain Chester audiences from Tuesday 11th September to Saturday 15th September 2018.

Summer Holiday tells the story of Don and his fellow London Transport mechanics as they journey together in a red double-decker bus through Paris, the Alps, Italy and Greece. Along the way they pick up a girl singing group and a young American pop star who is on the run from her domineering mother!

Dan Patlansky, Perfection Kills. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

At least in the field and expression of Art, the chase for flawlessness is sincere, for at least in the bright lights, the darkest shadows and the fullness of representation is at its most positive, it has the want to be great, not for its own sake, but to spread joy, satisfaction and contemplation of the idea at hand, the concept as a belief; for everything else, politics, love, life, relationships, the way we talk, the way we act, it is an illusion and Perfection Kills.

Hard Sun. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 7/10

Cast: Jim Sturgess, Agyness Deyn, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Derek Riddell, Richard Coyle, Dermot Crowley, Jojo Macari, Varada Sethu, Owain Arthur, Joplin Sibtain, Adrian Rawlins, Lorraine Burroughs, Aisling Bea, Ukweli Roach, Kae Alexander, Cameron King, Maggie Daniels,

Inside No. 9: Bernie Clifton’s Dressing Room. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton, Sian Gibson.

All you need is laughter, all you need is a song and dance routine done with a cheeky smile and the television viewing public will take you to their hearts; but when tensions arise and the laughter isn’t there on screen anymore, where do old double acts go from there.

Whilst Bernie Clifton’s Dressing Room doesn’t touch the absolute highs that the previous episode of the series, Zanzibar, reached, it nonetheless digs into the viewer’s soul for different reasons, for perhaps more personal ones, for as the viewer remembers what made them laugh in a different era, so too does the fondness for the two characters Tommy and Len grow.

Hush…Hush, Vile Esther.

 

I always expected you back, Esther,

Evil somehow finds a way

to slither into view,

the smell of riches brings out the dead

and once buried, Dracula like, the vengeance

you feel at the sleight you perceive

drips from your fingers

as you contemplate the kill,

Hush, Hush, saccharine false sweet Esther,

your painted smile betrays your malevolence,

wicked, splintered heart, beating out of time,

beating to the sound of misery;

you are happy now,

imagine how you will be

when your immorality gains a foothold,

Brit Floyd Return To The Echo Arena This March.

Brit Floyd, the world’s greatest Pink Floyd tribute show returns to the Liverpool stage in 2018 for a very special 45th Anniversary’ retrospective of Pink Floyd’s iconic 1973 album, The Dark Side of the Moon.

Having sold in excess of 45 million copies and judged by many as the greatest rock album of all time, The Dark Side of the Moon was an ambitious psychedelic masterpiece that redefined rock itself and propelled Pink Floyd and its members to rock immortality.

Each night Brit Floyd will perform classic tracks from The Dark Side of the Moon alongside gems from Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall and The Division Bell plus lots more.

Liverpool’s Unity Theatre Announces 2018 Spring Season.

 

Unity-produced International success Nina: A Story about me and Nina Simone returns, among a roster of great theatre and engaging family productions. .

Unity Theatre launches its Spring 2018 season, with a programme of brand new and established work to challenge and entertain.

Unity’s 2016 runaway success Nina: A Story About Me and Nina Simone, returns following a triumphant run in London, Edinburgh and Stockholm. The jazz-soaked exploration of race relations past and present stunned audiences and critics in 2017, and returns on 17th-24th March as part of a multi-date U.K. tour.