Liverpool to host world
premiere of commemorative war time musical
David Munn Photography
THE final countdown is now on until a
new commemorative war time musical is given its world premiere in Liverpool.
'Liver Birdsong - The Liverpool Blitz Musical' commemorates the 75th
Anniversary of The Blitz, and is brought to the stage by Birdsong Live
Productions CIC. The show opens at Liverpool's historic Epstein Theatre, on
Tuesday, 29 November 2016, and runs until Saturday, 3 December 2016, with 8
performances across the 5 days.
The show is produced by Birdsong Live Productions CIC, who are father and
daughter team Tony Bradley and Rebecca Myers.'Liver Birdsong' is
their 1st joint venture into professional musical theatre, although each has a
background in theatre, music or television.
The story of 'Liver Birdsong' remembers The Blitz, when Liverpool
was bombarded by the German Luftwaffe, during World War II.
An emotionally charged and heart warming musical, the production
is packed with 18 brand new songs, delivered by a professional musical theatre
company and a live band.
A talented cast and creative team have been brought together by Tony and Rebecca
following months of auditions and searching for the right crew.
'Liver Birdsong' is written and produced by Tony Bradley, co-written by
Rebecca Myers, directed by Jodie Marshall (A Mind Apart, Sheffield), with
Epstein Theatre regular Alan Moore as musical director, and choreographed by
The musical is set on the night of 28 November and 29 November 1940, in the
early phase of the Liverpool Blitz. The events of that night were, later
described by Winston Churchill as:- "the worst single (civilian) incident
of the war". It involved a direct hit by a parachute bomb on Durning
Road Air Raid Shelter near Edge Lane, which killed 180 people.
Although the production is entirely a work of fiction, it is based on the facts
of that night and the 1st hand experiences of women; much like the 4
'Liver birds' in the show, from 1 of Britain's largest wartime munitions
Join the 'Liver Birdsong' – Maggs Williams, Carla Evans, Daisy Mae
Beech and 'Cockney' Lil Ford from Kirkby Munitions Factory; as
they battle not only the Nazis, but also their own threats, fears and
jealousies. Will they overcome their troubles and find hope?
The cast features:- Kate McHenry (Maggs), Sophie Gaudie (Carla), Katie Burke
(Daisy Mae) and Rachel Jones (Cockney' Lil), with Corey Rumble (Hal Brandon),
Tom Sentia (Chad Tyler), Michael Bailey ('Red Ted' Forsythe), Miles Walker
(Lawrence Gale), Chloe Fay (Ira Jones), and Mia Molloy (Mrs Williams). They are
joined by Natalie Dignam as the contemporary dancer, and Ben Keith as the
Tony Bradley, Writer and Producer of 'Liver Birdsong', commented:-
"After years in the planning and months of hard work, the countdown is
now on until we premiere in Liverpool. The calibre of the cast and creative team
is 2nd to none, they are an incredibly talented group of individuals who are an
absolute joy to work in bringing the musical to life. 'Liver Birdsong' combines
broad comedy, poignant tragedy and the musical styles of 1940, all staged in a
compelling mix that will have the audience roaring with laughter one minute and
searching for their hankies the next. This is a very poignant story and we feel
very privileged to take audiences on a special journey."
To book tickets call:- 0844 888 4411, visit the Booking Office or go the Epstein
4th Spookport is a howling
Photographs by Patrick Trollope
THIS year the 4th Spookport, Halloween
Festival, took place in Southport. This event had a number of venues holding
activities. We joined up with
to put on an animated window display on Nevill Street, in Southport. But the
main highlights had to be Pleasureland's Halloween event and the Spookport
Part of Pleasureland's Halloween event was the
Zombie Zoo that was guaranteed to give you a shock. From what we got told by all
those came back out and let us interview them, told us that it was better than
any of its rivals, in the area, by miles!
1 of the most interesting things that some of you might not have
spotted was that as the Parade moved along Lord Street, the Christmas Lights
changed colour to Pumpkin Orange! Did you spot them change?
These are a mixture of photos taken at the Fox and Goose's All Hallows' Evening
Wedding Night, Staff from M&S Southport, The Fox Cosplay and Leos' Bar... Plus
Pleasureland and the Parade... More photos of the Parade will be added to next
week's issue as well!
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them! Plus more photos in next weeks issue!
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