Tag Archives: Playhouse Theatre

Mark Thomas: Trespass. Theatre Review, Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

The evening might not, in spirit, have been as dramatic as the last time Mark Thomas performed at the Liverpool Playhouse, nothing as spontaneous as a fire alarm and a public meeting by the old bandstand on Williamson Square to get the comedy juices flowing. Yet the air of supreme command of the English language, of taking an audience down the path of playful anarchy is in itself one that catches the night as if being hunted down and paraded through the streets of the cities of the U.K. for its absurd notions that we have allowed our green and pleasant land to become a haven for business to tell us where we can and cannot walk.

Narvick, Theatre Review. Studio, Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Cast: Joe Shipman, Nina Yndis, Lucas Smith.

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.

Liverpool Sound And Vision: The Sunday Postscript, An Interview With Lizzie Nunnery.

The Everyman Theatre on Hope Street is home to many ideas, many moments of inspiration and suggestions that in its short period of time since its re-emergence from the ground upwards, it has become one of Liverpool’s brightest stars. It is fitting then to meet one of the city’s finest artists, who is fluent in poetry, music and scriptwriting in equal and abundant measure, inside the halls that have the feel of the hallowed seeping out of them.

Sizwe Banzi Is Dead, Theatre Review. Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Cast: Subusiso Mamba, Tonderai Munyevu.

How far would you go to survive in a regime that treats you worse than a cockroach; that demands total obedience of your every waking hour and who can control every moment you make, only reluctantly allowing you to live your life as a free member of society once they have humiliated you enough. The mark of oppression stamped across a nation and deeply into the faces of those who are its citizens.

Catch 22, Theatre Review. Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating: * * *

Cast: Daniel Ainsworth, Philip Arditti, Geoff Arnold, Victoria Bewick, Simon Darwen, Michael Hodgson, Liz Kettle, Christopher Price, David Webber.

Joseph Heller adapted his novel Catch 22 for the stage in 1971 and today the script is more or less unchanged. As it is difficult to get the rights to adapt the script, Northern Stage’s director Rachel Chavkin has done what other companies have shied away from, and has put her own mark on this classic war tale.

Under Milk Wood, Theatre Review. Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

Cast: Ifan Huw Dafydd, Hedydd Dylan, Richard Elfyn, Sara Harris-Davies, Sophie Melville, Steven Meo, Caryl Morgan, Simon Nehan, Kai Owen, Christian Patterson, Owen Teale.

Listen…the applause at the end of the performance says it all. Dylan Thomas’ seminal classic Under Milk Wood has the power to catch the attention of anybody willing to open their ears and truly pay attention for a couple of hours.

This May Hurt A Bit, Theatre Review. Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Cast: Frances Ashman, Stephanie Cole, William Hope, Natalie Klamar, Hywel Morgan, Brian Protheroe, Jane Wymark, Tristram Wymark.

The patient has been seen by many consultants over the years, some with the very best of intentions, some whose intentions are perhaps dubious at best and down- right scandalous at worst and yet somehow the patient is still here and still keeping society going. The N.H.S. still carries on delivering from cradle to the grave.

An August Bank Holiday Lark, Theatre Review. Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Cast: Barrie Rutter, Emily Butterfield, Darren Kuppan, Jack Quarton, Ben Burman, Elizabeth Eves, Sophie Hatfield, Lauryn Redding, Brett Lee Roberts, Mark Thomas, Russell Richardson.

An August Bank Holiday Lark, the chance for some men to become heroes, for some to find some meaning or importance in life away from the remote villages they may have been raised in all their lives or even the chance to be looked at differently by those they need validation or even respect from. An August Bank Holiday Lark, the hazy days of summer before Gavro Princip took a gun and assassinated one man and his wife and started the ball rolling on the first mechanised whole sale slaughter of soldiers and civilians that tore through Europe and beyond.

Out Of Joint Puts The N.H.S. Under The Microscope At The Playhouse With This May Hurt A Bit

Renowned theatre company Out of Joint puts the N.H.S. front and centre in their latest play as they bring Stella Feehily’s This May Hurt a Bit to Liverpool. Featuring national treasure Stephanie Cole, the critically acclaimed hit will be putting the patient and the institution under the microscope from Wednesday 7th to Saturday 10th May.

A month after stating, “We will stop the top-down reorganisation of the N.H.S. that has got in the way of patient care”, the government launched the biggest top-down reorganisation the service had seen in its 65-year history. With wit, tenderness, and splashes of the surreal, Stella Feehily’s new play follows one family’s journey through the digestive system of the NHS, and asks: what’s the prognosis?

A View From The Bridge, Theatre Review. Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Cast: Bruce Alexander, Andy Apollo, Jason Carragher, Callum Coates, Daniel Coonan, Julia Ford, Scott Hazell, Lloyd Hutchinson, Denise Kennedy, Tom Peters, Joe Ringwood, Shannon Tarbet, Liam Tobin, Daryl Wafer.

Arthur Miller’s plays are such that to miss out on a production of them is simply not good form. All you really need to know about life in the United States in the 20th Century can be found in the writings of one of the keenest minds of the time and his look at certain frailties of life, emasculation, deceit, dishonour and the destruction of a system that was corrupt and hopelessly out of touch with his thinking, are repeated over and again in the hope that someone, anyone might understand what is going wrong in the country.