Unlikely Superhero Flies Into The Epstein

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PANTO dame Michael Chapman has created a brand new musical comedy based on a very unlikely superhero. Actor, writer and director, Michael, is well known to the Epstein’s regular panto-goers for his hilarious dame characters and now he is proud to introduce Superbooty – a brand-new superhero we can all relate to -an ordinary girl with an extraordinary gift – at the theatre on Hanover Street this February. Michael’s first big non-panto production, Superbooty is a fun-filled show for all the family, packed with non-stop knockabout naughtiness and nine nutty ninjas. It will star Britain’s Got Talent 2016 finalist – Boogie Storm’s Lewis Pryor, Liverpool singing sensation Hayley Hampson, BBC’s ‘Young Dancer of the Year’ finalist, Harry Popper, and the award-winning Anamal Dance Company. Michael conjured up the SuperBooty character a couple of years ago when he was working on Jack and the Beanstalk at the Epstein. He revealed: “There was a problem with the ‘killing of the giant’ scene so I came up with the idea that Jack’s Mum would come on as a dodgy superhero and save the day. “She was only on stage for two minutes but, she received a fantastic reaction. People were writing in to the theatre asking if she would be in the next panto! So, I wrote a show all about her! “It’s about a clumsy, chunky, naughty superhero who has a tendency to mess everything up but somehow she manages to inspire the belief in people that anything is possible. Oh, and she can fly!” Michael’s fellow panto performers Lesley Butler and Lewis Pryor star in the show which sees the baddie, Dr Demeanour (played by Butler), turn little innocent children into an army of strawberry-blonde ninjas and devise a plan to take over the world. SuperBooty and her son, Anti-Freeze (played by Pryor), join forces to foil that plan… Panto stalwart Tom Burroughs plays Keith, the owner of an embarrassingly bad dance school. Hayley Hampson stars as his daughter, Michelle. Harry Barnes (aka incredible dancer Harry Popper) plays the science project gone wrong, Frank Funkenstein. Danny Burns plays Cliff, a deluded contemporary dance choreographer and Katie Cross is a time traveller. The audience can look forward to watching crazy characters literally flying across the stage, lots of daft jokes and world class dancing. There is also some very funky music courtesy of Michael and Danny Smith, the musical director. SuperBooty will be staged from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th February and is suitable for children aged five and over. Tickets are £17 for adults and £15 for concessions. To book, call 0844 888 4411 or visit www.epsteinliverpool.co.uk