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‘Big Time’: David O’Doherty – Review

David O’ Doherty, acclaimed Irish comedian, brought his tour to Liverpool’s Epstein theatre this week. A self-admitted ‘duck’ amongst ‘flamingos’ at a zoo, his deprecating comedy style was what made his performance incredibly funny and relatable. The Epstein theatre itself was the perfect venue for this, allowing him to interact with the front row and take song requests later on during the second half. The use of a miniature keyboard and tape as his two props made his performance refreshingly simplistic, but furthermore unique. The keyboard also offered a clear structure to his performance, and acted as a buffer...

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Liverpool Literary Festival: Working in the Past Inside Fiction

Hosted by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, Janet Beer and historical novelist Sarah Dunant, this hour-long session asked whether historical fiction was more of a woman’s genre, and explored both women’s roles within history and what makes a historical novel. Both Beer and Dunant agreed that from their own experience, it appeared women were more drawn to historical novels than men, who have seemed more interested in the battles and bloody side of history. Dunant’s work itself is more specific to the Italian Renaissance, something she has particularly researched through works of classicism in the 15th century...

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‘Liver Birdsong’: The Liverpool Blitz Musical, Epstein Theatre – Preview

For anyone who’s into history, musicals and strong female characters, we have a winner…  Written in honour of the 75th anniversary of the Blitz by local father/daughter duo Tony Bradley and Rebecca Myers and directed by Jodie Marshall, this show ticks all the boxes for being a proper ‘feel good’ musical. The show is centered around ‘Liver Birds’ Maggs, Carla, Daisy Mae and Lil who work together in Kirkby Munitions Factory and focuses upon how their lives were turned upside down during the chaos and uncertainty of the Liverpool Blitz. The musical is set on the night of 28/29 November 1940, in the early...

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