Joel Shipman as Baloo in The Jungle Book at The Unity Theatre, Liverpool. Photograph by Brian Roberts.
Cast: Fionnuala Dorrity, Asif Majid, Samuel Pérez Durán, Joe Shipman.
The tale of a lost boy raised by wolves, taught by a panther, guarded by a bear and hunted by the king of the jungle, it is story that speaks down through the last century and one that resonates with joy and charm, with meaning, still to this day. The Jungle Book, arguably one of the most loved pieces of literature of the late 19th Century has had its followers, those who bang the drum for its introduction of its well written characters into the national thought and understandably its detractors who see the book with a certain 21st Century outlook compared to its original sentiment.
Musicians: Lizzie Nunnery, Martin Heslop, Vidar Norheim.
In many ways the war in Norway has been pretty much forgotten by many in the U.K. and beyond. The thought these days seems to centre on the fields of France, the systematic destruction of Eastern Europe and the polarised viewpoints of the war in the Far East. Yet Norway and especially for her citizens, the uneasy liaisons that lay between opposing Nazi rule and the fraternisation that reigned in the hearts of her young women starved of male attention and the deaths of so many her young men has somehow been cleansed, sanitised and thrown into the same realms of forgetfulness as those faced by the Channel Islands.
A popular play which L.S. Media called ‘One of the most outstanding productions of our time’ and is based on an urban myth about two Mersey seamen who played a unique, albeit fleeting, part in one of best known films of the 20th century is set to return to Liverpool’s Unity Theatre on Tuesday 16th till Saturday 20th April. Waiting For Brando will come to its spiritual home before embarking on a national tour that includes venues in Surrey, Berkshire, Cumbria and Kent. The two-act play, by playwrights Mike Morris and Steve Higginson, is based on an urban myth around the seminal Marlon Brando film, On The Waterfront.
Eddie John Fortune is one of the new wave of Liverpool actors whose voice is being heard and his reputation enhanced by productions such as Elastic Bridge and Love Me Do (in which he portrayed the city’s legendry Brian Epstein.) He is in rehearsals for the new Keifer Williams play Tongues, directed by his dear friend Joe Shipman, and which will be coming to the theatre next year and in which he will act alongside one of his co-stars from Love Me Do, the impressive Charlie Griffiths. If that wasn’t enough for one man to be getting on with, he is developing his own stand-up comedy character Gwillam Dorey which is about a gay Welshman with a fatal attraction towards Glenn Close.
Originally published by L.S. Media. May 23rd 2012.
L.S. Media Rating *****
Cast: Paul Duckworth, Carl Cockram, Joe Shipman, Daniel Hayes.
The exceptional applause that rang out within the confines of the Unity Theatre’s studio two space said it all. From the exceptional performances by all the actors on stage, to the direction and the incredible writing of Mike Morris and Steven Higginson, Waiting For Brando was one of the most outstanding productions of our times.