07 March, 2013


View from Hope Street.
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My Perfect Mind opened at Liverpool’s Unity Theatre on Tuesday night. Among the latest reviews are two that award this funny, moving and very special piece five stars.

What came out of all the heartbreak, physiotherapy and intense work Mr. Petherbridge had to overcome was this stunning and incredibly beautiful production that in the case with all great works, left the audience laughing with the two actors but also more importantly empathising, a rare treat for any play to deliver in such great quantity. …The moment when the audience realises that Mr. Petherbridge has put himself through physical and emotional pain barriers in recreating this towering monument to his life and the words of King Lear and it all boils down to one focused hand gesture, a piece of theatre that in the end meant everything and proved everything. My Perfect Mind is not just incredible, powerful and life affirming, it is the fitting testament to human endeavour and the ability to come back from the brink of uncertainty. Liverpool Sound and Vision (Read full review)

Audiences in Unity Theatre were truly privileged as they were treated to a delightful evening, entertained by distinguished actor Edward Petherbridge. Throughout the night, wonderfully captivating recitals of scenes from the great Shakespearean tragedy King Lear were woven into depictions of key moments from Edward’s life, as well as other antics found along the way. … A truly enjoyable play, humorous in all the right places, with an uplifting feeling of hope and resilience at its heart. Liverpool Student Media (Read full review)

And new from Whatsonstage:

Mr Petherbridge is an actor of wit and elegance; a raised eyebrow can convey so much. He has obviously taken to heart his dancing teacher’s advice of ‘economy and selection’. Paul Hunter plays every other role with such great comic skill. 

My Perfect Mind will occasionally make you laugh out loud, smile, chuckle and in some of Lear’s final minutes may make you cry. What a moving Lear Mr Petherbridge would be. It is good to have him back on stage.

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Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King.
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