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St Helens Theatre Royal
Corporation Street
St Helens
Merseyside WA10 1LQ

Saturday 8th December 2018 – Sunday 13th January 2019

Audiences of St Helens will be dancing down to the Theatre Royal this Christmas as producers Regal Entertainments announced its strictly fabulous cast for high-flying panto Peter Pan –coming to the venue from Sat 8 December ‘18 – Sun 13 January ’19.

St Luke's Church
Leece Street
L1 2TR

Saturday 1st December – Sunday 23rd December 2018

One of Liverpool’s most iconic landmarks will be transformed into a magical, immersive, Christmas attraction for 2018.

St Luke’s “Bombed-Out” Church, situated at the top of Bold Street, will be turned into a Winter Wonderland for almost four weeks this festive season and is set to become the ‘must visit’ Christmas Grotto experience of the year in Liverpool.

Set against beautiful and atmospheric festive backdrops and with lots to explore, families will be escorted by an elf and immersed into their very own Christmas spectacular full of festive characters, workshops, and fun activities.

Winter Wonderland at St Luke’s “Bombed-Out” Church will take place between Saturday 1 December and Sunday 23 December 2018. Sessions are available to pre-book now.

DaDaFest International will showcase a series of high quality, cutting edge works which will also celebrate disability and D/deaf cultures. The five-week programme starts next Thursday (1 November).

This year’s line-up features comedian Francesca Martinez; theatre-maker and comedian Jess Thom; Stopgap Dance Company; artists Faith Bebbington, Jonathan Griffith, Simon McKeown and Martin O’Brien; and multi-instrumentalist Sarah Fisher.

The full programme includes more than 50 exhibitions, performances, talks, and workshops from well-known mainstream audience artists, as well as showcasing new talent.

The theme of DaDaFest International 2018 is Passing: What's your legacy? Artists have been invited to explore the concepts of ageing, death and disability (passing time), and the changing nature of all our journeys and the legacies we leave (passing on).

The festival will also commemorate the end of the First World War as a key moment for modern recognition of disability as a social construct.

Host venues include St George’s Hall Liverpool, Royal Court Liverpool, the Bluecoat, Tate Exchange, Constellations, the Unity Theatre, World Museum Liverpool, and Storyhouse in Chester.

DaDaFest Artistic Director Ruth Gould said: “The countdown is on to DaDaFest International 2018, and we’re very excited about the five-week programme ahead.

“This year’s theme Passing: What’s your legacy?, promises to be thought provoking, heartwarming and inspiring, and we encourage audiences to join us on this very unique journey through art, culture and performance.”

Visual art is represented by Gina Czarnecki, whose special exhibition of eco-friendly coffins designed by local and national artists Who We Are Now will be staged in the Oratory in the grounds of Liverpool Cathedral between 1 and 18 November.

DaDaFest is also expanding its geographical reach this year, with a performance of The Enormous Room by the acclaimed Stop Gap Dance Company at Storyhouse in Chester on Tuesday 6 November.

The Unity will host Jonathan Griffith’s Retrospective throughout the festival period, and the artist will take part in special talks at the theatre on Tuesday 20 November and in Chester Lane Library, St Helens, on Thursday 22 November.

Award-winning artist Simon McKeown’s interactive No Passengers vintage disability cars installation can be seen at St George’s Hall Liverpool between 21 November and 8 December.

And Martin O’Brien’s video installation Until The Last Breath is Breathed comes to St George’s Hall Liverpool from 21 November to 8 December. He will also be doing a performance lecture at the same venue on Thursday 29 November.

Jess Thom showcases Samuel Beckett’s Not I, the story of a woman’s life told at top speed by a disembodied character, ‘Mouth’, at the Bluecoat on Friday 23 November and Saturday 24 November. The Touretteshero and Battersea Arts Centre production in association with the Albany sees performer Thom reclaiming Mouth as a disabled character.

Meanwhile laugh-out-loud comedy comes from Francesca Martinez (What the **** Is Normal) at the Unity Theatre on Friday 23 November, and then at Chester Lane Library in St Helens on Saturday 24 November.

Laurence Clark will also be live at the Unity on Saturday 24 November with The Irresponsible Father’s Guide to Parenting.

Finally, DaDaFest team up with Action Transport and Unity Theatre for a seasonal show collaboration, for the highly theatrical and bold retelling of the classic family tale – Beauty and the Beast!

Beauty and the Beast shows that beauty really is in the eye of the beholder and that everyone’s attitude can, at times, be beastly! The show runs from Friday 30 November to Saturday 5 January 2019.

The full programme is available at

Follow @DaDaFest on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #DaDaFest18

Epstein Theatre
Hanover House
85 Hanover Street
Liverpool L1 3DZ

Friday 7 December 2018 - Wednesday 2 January 2019

Heigh-ho, Heigh-ho, it’s off to the panto we go! This Christmas, LHK Productions are excited to present the fairest panto in all the land at the Epstein Theatre, with one of the world’s favourite fairy tales, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Follow the story of the beautiful princess Snow White, as she tries to escape the clutches of her evil step mother, who’s one aim is to become ‘the fairest of them all’.

After fleeing the Kingdom to escape the Wicked Queen’s evil plans Snow White seeks refuge with seven dwarfs living in the forest. Taking pity on the girl, the dwarfs allow her to stay with them. Complete with wonderful songs and choreography as well as poisoned apples, magic mirrors and of course that much loved panto magic, Snow White will have you on the edge of your seat.

The Queen of Clean, How Clean is Your House? star Kim Woodburn* will be appearing as the Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

The cast also includes renowned spiritual medium Derek Acorah; Radio City 2’s Claire Simmo; the hilarious Lewis Pryor; and everyone’s favourite dame – Michael Chapman.


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