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Issue:- 6 February 2015
Scissorhands at Liverpool Empire Theatre" Review written by Darija Ibrajeva.
DO you think it's possible to tell a story with its full
colours without saying a single word? After seeing Matthew Bourne's magical
dance production of Edward Scissorhands, I can assure you - it is!
Famous gothic fairytale of Tim Burton was revived on the Liverpool Empire's
stage over the 27 January to 31 January 2015. The reanimation was conducted by
the UK's most popular and successful choreographer Matthew Bourne, who presented
a fresh look at the all beloved tale of a lonesome boy who was never fairly
accepted by society, as he was different; he had scissors for hands. Even if
the nature of this fairytale is pretty much fictional, it still has a deep
meaning and relevance nowadays, and I found it so pleasant to see a fully packed
theatre with so many happy kids' faces in it.
But let me tell you more about the production. Yes, I used the
words "dance production" instead of the "ballet", as
I feel it better describes the work of Bourne. He is a master of an alternative
ballet... ballet not in its classical meaning...ballet which more resembles a
silent musical. And maybe exactly that's why when you watch the work of this
talented choreographer you don't miss the presence of words, you barely notice
Slightly changing the original script of the legendary movie, Bourne gradually
introduces us to each character of the show. Obviously, much of the credit
should go to the casting team, as they are the ones who bring their characters
to life. In front of them is a difficult task – to do the talking through the
dance, facial expressions and body language, and I must admit that each of them
produces a simply delightful performance! Sometimes, over the periods when the
entire cast was dancing on stage, I simply didn't know whom to follow.
Though, I'd like to highlight 3 performers who, in my opinion, made this
production so triumphant. Dominic North (Edward), with his gleaming shears and
quirky expressions, without a doubt, is the star of the show. You simply believe
in his character from the beginning right through to the very end. You empathize
with him when he trembles his scissor hands each time he is nervous, and laugh
when he is mimicking the behaviour of his neighbours.
Another outstanding character is the graceful Kim Boggs, portrayed by beautiful
Ashely Shaw. She is so light footed and her movements seem so effortless that
you want to watch her again and again. And of course I simply cannot forget to
mention the redheaded siren, Joyce (Madeleine Brennan), who made this enchanting
dancing production so comical and witty.
But all my personal praise goes to a smashing Lez Brotherston,
who simply dazzled the audience with his magnificent set designs. His creepy
gothic castle, colourful suburban houses, fairy dancing topiary and magical icy
sculptures will remain in my memory for a long time. And how about all those
fabulous costumes he created for each character? The talent of Lez Brotherston
The same praises I'd like to sing to Terry Davies, whose music in combination
with the iconic movie soundtrack from Danny Elfman left me absolutely
spellbound. It was definitely a vital complement to the show.
As a result, the crowd didn't skimp on thunderous applause and bathed the cast
in a standing ovation. I would definitely recommend everyone to go and see this
visually striking dance production. Check the tour dates of Edward Scissorhands
and give yourself and your family a little piece of magic.
Our freelance photographer Jo
Forrest also attended for us and she
said:- "Another outstanding production by the master of alternative ballet
Matthew Bourne. Edward Scissorhands did not disappoint and received a well
deserved standing ovation from the Crowd at the Liverpool Empire Theatre on
'Kingsman - The Secret Service'
IT looks like it will be a year very good year for British
produced films and those with British connections, like:- 'Seventh Son',
that has its connection to the UK, thanks to it being based on the books written
by bestselling author, Joseph Delaney, from Southport. Sadly, 'Seventh Son'
was shot in Canada (Vancouver) and in the US (Seattle), but many others have
been shot here in the UK, all should do will at the box office. In 2015 the
films you should keep an eye on, that are British, are:- 'Shaun the Sheep
Movie', 'Fifty Shades of Grey', 'The Second Best
Exotic Marigold Hotel', 'Starwars' and many others, so
please do support these films! But even without the call to be patriotic, one
British film has already hit an all time high, taking a staggering £5 million at
the UK Box Office, after just 6 days on general release. 'Kingsman - The
Secret Service' has started this year off for British film on an all
time high and is heading to become a classic; thanks to a strong, British
writing and directing team, along with a very convincing cast, full of the UK's
most iconic and promising rising talents. Critical reviews are hailing it as "a triumphant win for British production company, Marv Films."
Director Vaughn said:- "To have the biggest opening in my career is very
reassuring, and I'm thrilled that the British public have supported a British
film." With an all star cast including Colin Firth, Samuel L Jackson,
Michael Caine and newcomer Taron Egerton:- 'Kingsman - The Secret Service'
tells the story of a super secret spy organization which recruits an
unrefined, but promising street kid into the agency's ultra competitive training
program, just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius. Distributed
by Twentieth Century Fox, screenplay by Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn and
produced by Matthew Vaughn, David Reid, Adam Bohling, 'Kingsman - The
Secret Service' is in cinemas across the UK and Ireland now. So, if you
go to the cinema this year and take a look at the films, please let us know what
you think of them, via emailing us to:-
'Seventh Son' author Joseph
Delaney visits local schools and bookshop Photographs by
LOCAL Southport author, Joseph Delaney, has
taken time out again to visit local schools on Merseyside ahead of
the UK release of the film:- 'Seventh Son' based on
his:- 'The Spook's Apprentice' book. Together with
Tony Higginson, from Formby Books, Joseph gave talks and also gave
some 1 to 1 insights into how to write novels. Later he visited
Formby Book Shop and signed books for his local book fans. These
photographs were taken at the shop and also at Merchant Taylors
School, in Crosby, Merseyside.
Mended Heart Makes Valentine's
Wedding a Day to Remember
A Valentine's wish came true for a young
Merseyside couple, when they tied the knot on Saturday.
Katherine Hester, 25, from Woolton, and Elliott Doyle, 31, from
Cronton, were married at St Mary's Church, Woolton, on Valentine's
The couple, who have worked together for three years at Debenhams in
Warrington, finally said:- "I do" in front of
celebrating friends and family, alongside the guest who feared he
wouldn't see the day.
In May 2014, Elliott's dad, Nicholas, was rushed to Liverpool Heart
and Chest Hospital by Ambulance to undergo a complex surgical
procedure to repair 2 leaking heart valves and one narrowed
Mr Paul Modi, consultant cardiac surgeon at the hospital,
explained:- "Mr Doyle was very poorly when he arrived and was
taken to the operating theatre where 2 of his heart valves were
reconstructed and he had coronary artery bypass grafting for a
severe blockage in one of his arteries. The operation was
challenging, but we got a great result and it was very rewarding to
see him make a complete recovery."
The 71 year old had been unwell for some time and Elliott said it
was a worrying period for the family. "I know the thing that
bothered dad most, before he was brought into hospital, was the
thought that he wouldn't be around to see Katherine and I get
married. Along with the rest of the family, including my brother who
flew home from Dubai, we all felt really concerned whether or not he
would be strong enough to make it through. Thoughts kept on flashing
through my mind of how I would be able to give my wedding speech,
without dad sitting next to us on the table. It was unbearable."
However thanks to the care received at the specialist heart and
chest centre, Nicholas quickly made a full recovery.
"I cannot thank everyone at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital
enough for the quality of care given to me and my family. They were
really supportive, especially to Vivienne my wife, and explained
everything about my treatment so clearly that there were no
surprises and we all knew what to expect. To be able to celebrate
Katherine and Elliott's wedding with them means the world to me. I
didn't think I would see this day, and I'm just grateful to Mr Modi
and his colleagues for the care that I received." he said.
Katherine added:- "Although we knew he was being treated at
one of the best hospitals in the country, we still didn't know
whether he would pull through. But now to get married on such a
romantic day, joined by Nicholas and his mended heart is the best
thing that could have happened. We'll certainly never forget it."
The ceremony was followed by a reception meal at the Palm House,
Sefton Park and the newly-weds plan to honeymoon later in the year
in Dubai, returning to the place of their romantic engagement.
As a token of their thanks, the couple decided to make a donation to
the hospital's charity, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital Appeal,
on behalf of all their wedding guests.
Mr Modi said:- "We're absolutely delighted to have helped
Nicholas and would like to send our congratulations to the newly
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