Eithne Browne in The Star. Photograph by Robert Day.
Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10
Cast: Eithne Browne, Michelle Butterly, Helen Carter, Kevin Harvey, Danny O’Brien, Jack Rigby, Michael Starke.
Musicians: James Breckon, Elliot Chapman, Danny Miller.
Looking up into the Heavens, one can see the gallery of happy faces, the stars are there to perform, and they find no reason to ever stop beaming their light on the world below. For audiences making their way to the Playhouse this festive season, The Star is shining brightly and it is one that captures all that is good about modern theatre and the remarkable memory it invokes of hearing about the good old days of the music hall experience.
Cast: Lynn Francis, Lindzi Germain, Philip Hesteltine, Danny O’Brien, Angela Simms, Alan Stocks.
Some institutions are so engrained into the fabric of society that to be without them is to argue that society is going backwards. The N.H.S., arguably the greatest and proudest contribution to British life in the last 100 years, is always under threat, always on the verge of being lost by those who believe that the health of the nation should be one that is allowed to make profit over care, yet, for now, still offers the best a patient can get and that always boils down to the people inside the hospitals, the doctors, the cleaners, the morticians, the nurses…those that wander in with a clip board one day and decide to stay.
Royal Court Liverpool are producing one of English Theatre’s best known plays this summer. John Godber’s Bouncers will be filling the slot vacated by One Night In Istanbul and will run from 19th July – 17th August.
The show will be set at Liverpool’s Grafton nightclub in 1985.
John Godber is one of the most performed playwrights in the English language with plays like Teechers, Up N Under and Screaming Blue Murder regularly performed up and down the country. Bouncers is the most popular of all his shows and since it was written in 1977 there has always been a production of it playing somewhere in the world. He has written more than 50 plays and has won numerous awards for his plays including a Lawrence Olivier Award and seven Los Angeles Critics Circle Awards.