INTERVIEW: Matthew Bourne

Peter Grant meets Sir Matthew Bourne – the world famous theatre innovator. ”BONKERS! …” that’s a word Sir Matthew Bourne says proudly  describing his forthcoming production at the Liverpool Playhouse. Early Adventures is his own trip down memory lane. It is to celebrate his 30 years as a dancer and choreographer. Now he is returning…

Joanne Cliffton in Thoroughly Modern Millie

REVIEW: Thoroughly Modern Millie

Throughly  Modern Millie Liverpool Empire by Peter Grant   Flappers, ya all, were those dancers that made the Big Apple sparkle in the  roaring 20s. They got their name from the buckled overshoes hat flapped along as they strolled along the boulevards. They were girls who wanted to have fun. Based on the Academy-Award winning…

REVIEW: Glasgow Girls

Glasgow Girls Liverpool Playhouse by Peter Grant Rousing, roaring, reflective – Glasgow Girls works on many levels. Cora Bissett and David Greig’s creative collaboration is based on the true story of seven feisty, strong-willed teenagers. This group of girls who wear their heavy hearts on the sleeves of their school uniforms. Their lives change forever…

PREVIEW: War Horse

It’s time to look forward to some theatrical magic  – War Horse is galloping to Liverpool. Words: Peter Grant Pictures and Video: Cathy Roberts. THE multi-award-winning First World War drama is coming later this year for its premiere in the city. But before the tour arrives for two weeks in November,Literally Productions had a special…

REVIEW: Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice Liverpool Playhouse by Peter Grant Matthew Kelly told me in a pre-show interview that this touring production is all about ‘spirit.’ He’s 100 per cent right. This is a very stylish, deftly delivered and high-spirited version from the 20 strong cast in Simon Reade’s joyful adaptation. Jane Austen’s romantic novel is rightly…

Brick Up 2: The Wrath of Ann Twacky

REVIEW: Brick Up 2: The Wrath of Ann Twacky

REVIEW: Brick Up 2: The Wrath of Ann Twacky Royal Court by Peter Grant If writers Dave Kirby and Nicky Allt finally make it  on to our TV screens they could well become the new Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais or Merseyside’s answer to sit-com kings, Marks and Gran. The duo have been making…

INTERVIEW: Matthew Kelly (Playhouse)

Peter Grant talks to Matthew Kelly about his Playhouse appearance. Matthew Kelly says it’s a bit like coming home – being on stage on Merseyside, that is. The former Everyman actor is at the Playhouse  – that  other ‘creative heart’ beating in Liverpool. Matthew is  proud of his latest role – a touring version from…