As both an avid theatre lover and a reviewer, I'm lucky enough to get the opportunity to see a broad spectrum of professional productions. This past few months alone, I've seen a multitude of plays, musicals and pantos around the UK and on Broadway.
Last night, I had the chance to see my first amateur dramatic show of the year and it gave me something that none of the other shows have.
City Theatre has taken over Liverpool's Hope Street Theatre this week with its first adult panto, 'The Scouse Genie'.
The story is loosely based on the classic 'Aladdin' with some new characters inspired by folks you'd expect to bump into on the streets of Liverpool and a little nod to Scouse legend, Lily Savage.
Something I am in awe of and have massive respect for are the creatives who have a passion for theatre and the confidence to get on stage and do what they clearly love outside their everyday lives. This is something I often overlook at a show as usually the performers are in their working environment and don't ever get to see beyond the character on stage, this was certainly not the case at this performance.
This affinity for theatre is what will keep it live and accessible for the masses- so thank you to all involved.
Written by Lee Gregory