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  • January 31, 2016

    20 Stories High’s Broke ‘n’ Beat Collective

    A theatre show in the form of a live gig is the unique sounding premise behind The Broke ‘n’ Beat Collective, a new collaboration from two exciting youth companies.  Liverpool’s own 20 Stories High and Theatre-Rites are premiering the work at the Unity this week. A mash up of hip-hop, theatre and puppetry brings together […]

  • January 28, 2016

    MADEUP’s best of 2015

    Okay, okay, it’s a bit late, and last year’s viewings were more about quality than quantity, as personal circumstances meant me totting up only about a third of the usual amount of shows. Still, at least I chose wisely; but instead of an epic end of year review I’m keeping it short and sweet this […]

  • January 26, 2016

    I Am Thomas – a brutal comedy with songs for the Playhouse

    Some familiar talents are making their way back to Liverpool in a quite extraordinary-sounding new world premiere. I Am Thomas, “a brutal comedy with songs” combines talents from recent productions including Odyssey Missing Presumed Dead, Dead Dog in a Suitcase, and cult theatre company Told by an Idiot. With music by Iain Johnstone and lyrics […]

  • January 24, 2016

    On blogging, theatre reviewing and motherhood

    It’s been interesting to follow writers over the last year debating how to continue enjoying a cultural life – nay, career – once you’ve had a baby. Lyn Gardner has been debating the issue in the Guardian just this week. With a tiny human in tow there’s obvious dilemmas for theatremakers and performers, but also […]

  • December 14, 2015

    REVIEW: Kazablanca, the Kazimier

    I’m still a little bereft thinking about Kazablanca, even though it’s taken yonks to get round to writing about. It was, after all, improv company Impropriety’s final ever show in the Kazimier venue before it shuts at the end of the year. And see the place off in style they surely did, with an evening […]