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Weekend Larks (Dec 2-4 2011)

Voyages of Sinbad, Bazaar on Lodge Lane, a Shock at the Dock and lots of Santas

Published on December 1st 2011.


Weekend Larks (Dec 2-4 2011)

Reunited and it feels so good...
PLAYWRIGHT Jeff Young cut his teeth at the Unity Theatre before going on to much bigger things (libretto for opera, scripts for television and most recently the stage adaptation of Quadrophenia).

But this year he's written a Christmas show for the place where it all began.

Building on a 20 year tradition, the Unity promises families another magical show this Christmas, with Jeff's Voyages of Sinbad The Sailor. It's the comeback show indeed, with Unity head man Graeme Phillips in the director's seat after a 12-year-break.

Join Sinbad in his colourful Berber tent as he tells tales of his epic adventures sailing the high seas to faraway lands, meeting giants, genies and sultans along the way. Discover how he was kidnapped by the wicked pirate captain Kouras, how he discovered the island that was really a whale, fought one-eyed monsters and fell for a beautiful princess.

Describing the show, Graeme Phillips said; “This is traditional storytelling with a transformative twist!  We aim to enthrall and enchant our audiences whilst giving them plenty of jokes along the way.”

The music is provided by TV, film and theatre composer Patrick Dineen who is a veteran of Unity Christmas shows and knows how to get the audience humming his tunes well into the New Year.

*Voyages of Sinbad The Sailor: Saturday, Dec 3, 2pm. Then until Sat 21 Jan '12 | Various Times. Tickets: £12.00 Adults, £10.00 Discounts, £7.00 Children
£32.00 (2 adults and 2 children) See here for info


 

How Bazaar
Even though Christmas is knocking on the door with an ever-louder rap, you can still enjoy something a little less festive and get wrapped up in a variety of different cultures.



Lodge Lane is an assimilation of independent shops showcasing the tastes of the diverse population mix of the area including English, Yemeni, Polish, Arabic, Caribbean and Somalian. All these are represented in the Bazaar this Saturday.

Egyptian_Bazaar2Like this, but in Lodge LaneMarket stalls selling local art and crafts, make for not your bogstandard Christmas gifts. On top of crafty nick-nacks, indulge in a variety of munchies, browse clothes and jewellery, get your face painted or even cheat on your hairdresser and get your hair cut for free. If you dare. The revenge of a hairdresser can be fairly horrific.
*Saturday Bazaar, Saturday 3rd December, Lodge Lane, Liverpool, from 12pm, free.


What Planet you on?
A maritime ghost hunt is rolling into Liverpool on Friday, bringing with it a bunch of creepy tales for those who believe in the “beyond”.

Referred to as the lantern on Liverpool’s front door, the famous Merseyside ship The Planet, aka The Bar Lightship, was the last manned light vessel in UK waters, serving as a guide to ships entering and leaving the Mersey from 1961 until her replacement with an automatic light in 1972. She was the last sight Liverpool sailors’ saw of their home.

ShipThe Bar LightshipAnyway, now she's here and you can go on her yourself.

Do you get scared of things that go bang in the night? Will you see the apparition that is said to roam the bowels of the ship or hear the chains being dragged along the narrow corridors? Will you feel an invisible force following you down below deck? Or will you just fumble around in the dark wondering what that warm thing is in your hand. Well it is the Albert Dock.

It's called Shock at the Dock, and the clue is in the ticket price.

*Shock at the Dock, Friday December 2, The Planet, Albert Dock Liverpool, from 9pm, tickets £30


Santa Claus x 5,000 is coming to town
If you fancy Santa, or a lot of Santas, on Sunday thousands of red and white-clad runners will descend on Liverpool city centre dressed as the man himself. They will all be strolling, jogging or running 5K to raise money for charitable causes.

SantaHo hoYou can also try to spot the real Santa and his elves from all the fake ones as they drop in by helicopter to start the famous Santa Dash at 9.30am. He will then be at the finish line on the balcony of the Town Hall on Castle Street where the road has been closed so all the spectators (and their kids) will get to see him.

It’s too late to join in any more, but it’s not too late to go and gawp.

*Liverpool Santa Dash, Sunday December 4, Liverpool City Centre, from 9.30am

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