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23 November 2015
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Review:- "Sweeney Todd at
the Liverpool Empire Theatre..."
Review by Jo
ON 13 November 2015, Sweeney Todd was
on at the Liverpool Empire Theatre and we popped over to take a look.
I have to admit I did approach this
show with some trepidation. I have never been to the opera so wasn't entirely
sure what to expect.
Playing to a packed audience at the lovely Empire Theatre in Liverpool, Sweeney
Todd by the Welsh National Opera did not disappoint and even though the show is
three hours long, it seemed to go past in a flash.
This version of the story is set in more modern times, the early 1980s and in a
greasy spoon cafe as opposed to a pie shop. The shows opens as the audience are
still wandering to take their seats, with the cast slowly wandering on to the
stage. The prologue is set in Mr Fogg's asylum in which the love interest
Johanna will eventually be consigned to. Johanna just happens to be Todd's
daughter as well.
We are then introduced to Todd who has returned to England after being sent away
to do time for Murder in Australia, Is looking for vengeance for a miscarriage
of justice. He meets Mrs Lovett who has a struggling cafe that sells the:- "worst pies in London".. And from there we embark on a tale of
revenge and murder with the help of his sidekick Mrs Lovett. The outcome of
which are the famous tasty pies that they are all baked into and sold in her
The set was quite simple with two boxes that transformed the stage in to the
barber shop and the home of the judge who took Johanna as a baby and has kept
her sheltered from everything in life. Her love interest appears just as the
judge decides he wants to marry her and thus has her committed when he realises
she is in love with someone else, Anthony.
Not a true opera but definitely more than a musical theatre. Sweeney Todd
delivers plenty of laughs as well as the more gruesome scenes. Mrs Lovett steals
the show with her one liners and I have to admit another favourite character of
mine was the beggar lady, who was hilarious.
The performances were superb, and the characters, humorous and likeable despite
their dark murderous sides. A great introduction to the world of opera for me.
ON Wednesday, 18 November 2015, at the
Liverpool Empire the English National Ballet’s production of Le Corsaire started
to be preformed.
Le Corsaire, which means The Pirate, is the
tale of a swashbuckling Pirate Conrad who travels across the high seas to rescue
his beautiful true love Medora in a tale of love and betrayal. Le Corsaire is
somewhat different to the usual fairy tale. The inspiration for this ballet if
from a poem written by Lord Byron in 1814 Le Corsaire was 1st staged in Russia
by the Imperial ballet of St Petersburgh in 1849 and ran until 1856. The English
National Ballet became the first company to perform Le Corsaire as a complete
work. The story set in 3 acts and runs for a total of 2hrs 30 mins.
This opens with Conrad and his friends being washed ashore. The shipwrecked
pirates are soon found by young Greek women. Conrad and Medora fall in love but
there is an impending danger and the women hid the men. A patrol of Turkish
traders are on the look out for beautiful women to sell as slaves. The women are
captured and they head off to a slave market in a Turkish bazaar with the
Corsaires vowing to rescue the unfortunate maidens. Seid Pasha arrives at the
bazaar looking to buy beautiful women for his harem. He puts a bid in for Medore
but its outbid by Conrad in disguise.
Conrad and his fellow Corsaires take Medora and her fellow maidens to their cave
filled with treasure. Conrad and Medora declare their love for each other and
the women ask Medore to intercede on their behalf so that they may be released.
Conrad promises to free them but the other pirate object. A fight breaks out but
Conrad true to his word releases the women. Lankendem, the villain gives a
bouquet of flowers to Medora to give to Conrad that have been laced with drugs,
the potion immediately induces sleep and Medora is then captured. Upon awakening
Conrad and Ali vow to save her once again.
Seid Pasha's harem Gulnare is enjoying herself when Lankendem arrives and
presents the Pasha with three beautiful women to entertain the harem. Eventually
Medora is brought in, though sad at being captured once more she is happy to be
reunited with Gulnare. The Pasha is warned that mysterious pilgrims have arrived
and this coincides with the evening prayer conducted by the leader who is none
other than Conrad in disguise. Once their identity is revealed they take their
revenge and rescue Medora and Gulnare.
The was a beautiful ballet, but probably not the easiest 1 to follow if honest.
The costumes were beautiful and performances were outstanding. Le Corsaire is
now being performed by the ENB in London, this is a show definitely worth seeing
even if you don't fully follow what is going on. The elegance and and ability of
these exceptional dancers is worth it just to see them perform.
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held back due to some of the content, as a mark of respect to the Paris Attack victims. Hence the late
Southport Grand Bonfire &
Firework Display 2015 Photographs by Patrick Trollope.
SORRY for the delay in running this report. We felt is in
appropriate to run in the last issue following the Paris Bombings. On 7 November
2015, the Southport Hesketh Round Table held it's 'Southport Grand Bonfire
and Firework Display' on Victoria Park. Theses are some of the
photographs we took at this fantastic event. Also please take a look at our
video footage we took at the event on our Facebook Page. Video of the Lighting
the Bonfire. Video of The Fireworks. On the video of the fireworks you can see
Andy Gilbert, from Sandgrounder Radio (Southport Radio) doing the count down to
what was a dazzling show.
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