Author: claire-jenns

Madagascar The Musical | Review

Ever wanted to see X Factor winner Matt Terry (I don’t remember him either) dressed up in a padded lion suit singing show tunes? Well that is precisely what Madagascar: The Musical offered up to audiences at Liverpool’s Empire Theatre. While this musical tries to live up to the success of its multi-billion dollar namesake with an impressive set design that seamlessly incorporates a cityscape and jungle scene on one stage, it unfortunately falls flat in some places. The production takes the majority of its jokes and plot directly from the 2005 hit animation – if that doesn’t make...

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Hozier @ O2 Academy, Birmingham | Gig Review

On a freezing cold December evening, folk-rock extraordinaire Hozier and his opening act Suzanne Santo heated up Birmingham’s O2 Academy stage with their sultry lyrics and red-hot guitar riffs. Santo, an American musician who was once part of the band Honey Honey but has now embarked on a solo career, hyped the crowd up with her feisty tunes ‘Ghost in My Bed’ and ‘Handshake’. Each song showcased her extensive musicianship as she played a range of instruments including the violin, which she continued to play as part of Hozier’s main band, staying on the stage after her set to...

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Bluecoat Winter Exhibition Launch | Review

Halfway through November sees the Bluecoat’s Winter Exhibition Launch, this year featuring three main displays: Studio Me by Joshua Henderson and Veronica Watson, Instituting Care by Jade Monserrat and The Art Schools of North West England by John Beck and Matthew Conford. Each exhibition is entirely different from its neighbour, covering self-portraiture, conversations about decolonisation and the history of art education, making the journey through the gallery as a whole a highly stimulating experience. The exhibition that features first as you walk into the Bluecoat’s gallery is Studio Me, occupying the Blue Room. This room serves as the centre...

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Glow Zumba | Review

As someone fairly unfit who has absolutely no dancing talent, the idea of doing Zumba terrified me. Combining dance and aerobics, the fitness program has taken the exercise world by storm since its inception in the 1990s and is now being taught across 180 countries. While this may seem intimidating to beginners as it did to me, the class I attended at the gym on campus was really just like dancing in a club with loud music and sweating, except you’re copying an instructor at the front and you’re sober. Now imagine that, but with UV lighting and glow...

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Persuasion at the Playhouse: A Review

Love, loss and sharp Regency-era witticisms. These are the iconic trademarks of all Jane Austen’s novels, and her last novel Persuasion is no different, telling the story of Anne Elliot who is persuaded to reject her beloved Captain Wentworth by her shallow family. It is the source material for Theatre6’s production showing at the Liverpool Playhouse, directed by Kate McGregor and adapted for the stage by Stephanie Dale. To condense an Austen novel into two and a half hours is no easy task, but this seems almost effortless under the direction of Dale. The actors, of which there are...

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