Little Red Riding Hood
Liverpool Actors Studio
I’d never really understood fringe, or concepts like off Broadway.
But now I can relate to off Hanover (Street).
Walking up to Liverpool Actors Studio Theatre was akin to creeping in the dark towards a low-rent Kids from Fame Academy.
All peeling paint, old seats and rickety doors, you knew place thrived because of the passion of its people rather than the latest Z-lister Pantomime villain. And so it proved.
The twist on the old tale saw a former club singer mum as someone who’d toured with Chas n Dave, still distraught by Limahl’s departure from Kajagoogoo, and a hippy gran trying to balance her chakras with a passion for QVC.
Yup, this was going to be different – and a pleasure.
The whole night had a lovely on-the-hoof feel to it, after all the theatre’s 80-odd seats only stretched about 20ft back from the stage.
Special praise for Barrie Ryan English as Wilf the Wolf – undoubtedly the best Mancunian cowardly badger in wolf’s clothing with over-exaggerated tick-tock mannerisms in Scouse theatre land today.
Places like this deserve the public’s support.
It runs until Saturday, with tickets £12.