CARTOONOPOLIS – Liverpool

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Cartoonopolis was first performed in the Playhouse Studio a couple of years ago, where it came into existence thanks to actor Lewis Bray’s involvement with YEP [Young Everyman and Playhouse]. Along with Matt Rutter and Chris Tomlinson, that company’s artistic director and associate director respectively, Bray’s fledgling idea – to do a play about his brother’s autism – began to take flight.

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Year in Review: Vicky Anderson’s top 5 Liverpool shows of 2016

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Two fantastic things to happen this year included making it on to Radio 4’s Front Row programme to review the Everyman’s The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary! (which was so deliciously complex I nearly made this a top six); the other was becoming part of the fantastic My Theatre Mates, the online network set up by leading theatre critics Terri Paddock and Mark Shenton.

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LITTLE RED & THE BIG BAD WOLF – Liverpool

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Away from the glitz and the camp and the general hyperactivity of panto, the Unity offers an alternative, gentle style of festive storytelling that has really carved its own niche. In recent years, that could be down to the sensibilities and stylings of Ellesmere Port-based Action Transport Theatre, the team behind Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf,

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SHAKE IT UP BABY – Liverpool

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Shake it up Baby is a new Liverpool-based romantic comedy, performed as part of the Beatles-themed Ticket to Write festival last weekend. And there was definitely a sense it is just the beginning for this warm, crowd-pleasing tale about a woman looking for love later in life.

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NEWS: Liverpool’s Lantern Theatre lives on with Unity season

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The Lantern Theatre on Blundell Street in Liverpool closed its doors for the last time in July, but we knew it wasn’t the last we were going to see of them. Although a new premises has not yet been found for the much-loved fringe venue, they’re moving into their next phase in style, with a season of some of their recent successes about to enjoy a short stay at the Unity.