PREVIEW: Cyrano De Bergerac

PREVIEW: Peter Grant talks to former Corrie actress and playwright Deborah McAndrew about her new adaptation of Cyrano De Bergerac at the Liverpool Playhouse in March. Deborah McAndrew played the fiesty Angie Freeman in Coronation Street during the 90s, but she is known for her work with Northern Broadsides. She also runs Claybody Theatre in Stoke…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Institute (Photo By Richard Haughton)

REVIEW: Institute

Institute (Photo By Richard Haughton) REVIEW: Institute  Liverpool Playhouse by Peter Grant Pressure. Stress. Depression. Words that are heard too often these days. Gecko, a well-respected international theatre company, address such issues in their work. They make audiences think and think again with their dedication and incredible talents. This is a subject close to their…

Things I Know To Be True (photography by Manuel Harlan)

REVIEW: Things I Know To Be True

REVIEW: Things I Know To Be True Liverpool Playhouse By Peter Grant Life is too short. .. how many times have we heard that? Or it’s not a bowl of cherries or bed of roses. Our dreams can sometimes turn into nightmares. Writer Andrew Bovell’s bitter-sweet play, premiered in Adelaide in May, is now touring the UK with…