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Something for the weekend: 15-17 February

Cabaret, comedy and classical opera too. Don't moan that there's nothing to do in your favourite city this weekend

Published on February 15th 2008.

Something for the weekend: 15-17 February

Life is a cabaret (old chum)
The Fitzcaraldo, owned by Walk the Plank, is a touring theatre ship from April to September. However, it's staying put in Liverpool for a while, and this week (and the third Friday of every month thereafter) the ship will host a monthly cabaret event which will showcase the best in scratch performance and music.

The night is called The Potting Shed, the idea being, that different guest 'head gardeners' will choose the theme for the evening, and that idea will be nurtured and looked after until it's ready for your viewing pleasure.

What to expect then? Well…the visual, the physical, the political, the grotesque, the eccentric and the eclectic. There will be comedy, burlesque, magic, theatre, guest singers… It's sounds like a bloody hoot. See you there!

The Potting Shed aboard Canning Dock (big blue ship next to Albert Dock)
Friday 15 February
Doors open 7:30pm, entertainment begins 8:30pm
Numbers are limited so it's recommended to buy online here

Laugh your troubles away
Another Valentine's Day passed you by? Still unlucky in love? So what! Snap out of it and get yourself down to The Slaughterhouse for some good old fashioned laughs. Don't fret. The Slaughterhouse is a pub and, if you take the 's' off the beginning, it spells laughterhouse

Seymour Mace and Tom Wigglesworth will be entertaining the masses.

Of course, as well as being the Capital of Culture, Liverpool's also the Capital of Comedy. What is it they say about everyone being a comedian?

Capital of Comedy @ Liverpool Slaughterhouse, Fenwick Street
Friday 15 February
0844 477 1000

Madame Butterfly
Giacomo Puccini's Madame Butterfly returns to The Empire this weekend, complete with its fabulous costumes and unforgettable music.

Seen as one of the world's most popular operas, it tells the story of a beautiful young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American navel lieutenant. As well as the beautiful music (Humming Chorus, One Fine Day and the Love Duet), the set itself features a traditional Japanese water garden, waterfalls and an aquarium filled with gold fish. Blimey!

Madame Butterfly @ Liverpool Empire
Friday 15 and Saturday 16 February
Prices vary - See www.liverpoolempire.org.ukonline for details

Kids acting up?
Calling all thespian kids and pushy parents! This Saturday, Urban Icon YSA will be auditioning young actors (aged 11-16) for weekly acting workshops. The workshops were set up by Hollyoaks actors Louie Batley (Sarah Barnes) and Simon Lawson (Simon Crosby) after a three-week workshop in July 2007 received glowing reports.

Owing to its popularity, it was decided that ongoing classes would be set up on a weekly basis. Auditionees must prepare a one-two minute monologue to be performed on the day.

Your child could well be the next Tinhead.

Open auditions for UrbanIcon YSA
Saturday 16 February
From 9am
Castings Factory
Regina House
1 Victoria Street
Liverpool L2 5QA

Compiled by Ben Patey

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