Author: Simal

Ladies Day – review

[4_stars] Cast: Eithne Browne, Lynn Francis, Jack Lord, Roxanne Pallett, Angela Simms Ladies Day is in its first week at Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre, entertaining audiences with its loveable characters and their escapades at the races in Aintree. While the first half is somewhat slow in terms of action and plot, Ladies Day is quick off the mark to get audiences chuckling away as it introduces the four lovely ladies working in a food factory in Kirby. The diversity of the characters with their wide array of quirks means that there’s a favourite for all members in the audience to...

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Sketching Out! and Alastair Clark BA (Hons) – review

[4_stars] Sketching Out! cast: Chris Worrall, Liam Hale, Frances Greenfield, Shay Cooke, Emma Williams, Toby Hall. The lively crowd that packed out the stuffy upstairs room in The Pilgrim were in for a real treat as they were thoroughly entertained with not one, but two, incredibly funny comedy shows. During Sketching Out! howls of laughter rippled through the room consistently throughout the night, serving as a testament to the writing genius and acting talents of young sketch show troupe, LUDScribble. The show was composed of an incessant stream of short sketches, leaving the audience in stitches as they witnessed...

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Shakespeare double-bill to celebrate PurpleCoat’s fifth birthday

Liverpool will be graced with a double dose of Shakespeare this summer as PurpleCoat Productions celebrate their fifth birthday. In July, the ensemble will be performing the early comedy, The Merchant of Venice, in the newly-built venue, The Dome. This will be followed by their ambitious production of the bleakest Shakespearian tragedy, King Lear, in September. This special performance will be taking place outdoors in St. Lukes, the iconic bombed out church. The Merchant of Venice is often considered a controversial comedy, and focuses on the treatment of a rich Jewish money-lender in heavily Christian Venice. In an imaginative interpretation,...

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LUDScribble to preview Fringe Festival show

On Wednesday 12 June, LUDScribble will debut their comedy show which will be performed at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Sketching Out! will entertain audiences with an eclectic and hilarious mix of skits, songs and monologues. The double-headline performance also includes ex-LUDScribble head, Alistair Clark, premiering his excellent stand-up show, which will also be going to Edinburgh. Alistair Clark BA (Hons) is a stand-up routine based on the comedian’s experience navigating the highs and lows of university life. While the university’s drama society LUDS has taken a show up to Edinburgh annually, this year is the first time that...

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Meat Free Monday: Cheesy aubergine and tomato bake recipe

This recipe is a simple adaptation of the classic Italian aubergine dish. It is easily prepared for a fuss-free dinner and is packed with flavour. Ingredients (serves 1): 1 aubergine, thinly sliced 1 onion, sliced 4-5 garlic cloves, finely chopped 400g can of chopped tomatoes 1-2 teaspoons dried basil 1 tablespoon tomato purée 50g cheese of your choice (I used 25g goats’ cheese and 25g mature cheddar; more classic recipes use a combination of parmesan and mozzarella) 1 tablespoon olive oil Salt and pepper, to season Preheat the oven to 190˚C or Gas mark 5. To make the sauce,...

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