Monday, 22 February 2021
Friday, 19 February 2021
The Lowry to host radio play premiere…starring YOU!
The Lowry in Salford will host the premiere of a new radio play on its #LoveLowry online platform this Thursday – with the star of the show as yet unknown.
Unknown because the figure taking centre stage is in fact an audience member who – in line with national lockdown guidelines – won’t even leave their home.
The play is called An Absurdist Archive of Isolation: a full body workout radio play and was created by Manchester-based choreographers and performing artists, Bridget Fiske and Joseph Lau, in partnership with The Hague-based contemporary composers, musicians & performance makers Stephanie Pan and Stelios Manousakis.
Combining movement, electronic music & contemporary storytelling, the play creates a new imagining of the audience member’s home.
Matthew Eames, senior programmer/producer at The Lowry said: “It is a play in two forms. You can listen to it on the radio or read the visual score and follow a series of instructions that transform and reveal spaces and objects in the audience member’s home in new ways. It is very much designed to put the audience member at the centre of the action.”
The play premieres as part of #LoveLowry on Thursday, 18 February and runs until Sunday, 7 March 2021.
#LoveLowry is The Lowry’s online platform – a virtual theatre, gallery and studio space presenting a series of performances, artworks, exhibitions, tours, workshops, comment and blogs, curated by the centre’s creative team and special guest curators.
For more information and to book tickets, click here.
An Absurdist Archive of Isolation: a full body workout radio play was created with the support of The Lowry and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and Stroom Den Haag. It was also supported by The Lowry Centre for Advanced Training in Dance and Upasana Arts.
Love conquers all, even a pandemic. Northern Comedy Theatre’s love of the Arts is evident in their dedication to writing and producing new plays throughout 2020 and 2021. Nothing can stop them; the company’s commitment is inspiring. They explore all variations of this healthily infectious thing called love, which is probably the best thing to spread around at the moment. What does platonic and romantic love look like almost 12 months on since the UK first went into lockdown? This was Northern Comedy Theatre’s barmy and feel-good theatrical answer to that question.
David Spicer had edited the script effectively to provide us with a variety of sketches, all directed by Shaun Chambers. This form of theatre was a smart choice because Zoom audiences are more likely to have a shorter attention span. It also gave the ensemble of actors an opportunity to display their versatility through embodying multiple characters. The majority of storylines were broken up into several scenes, jumping from one to another and back again, like a soap opera or the intertwined plotlines of “Love Actually”.
To set the tone and context for the rest of the show, the script opened with the latest address from the Prime Minister on Valentine’s Day arrangements explaining that restrictions such as wearing face masks and social distancing were still compulsory. The company were very much on the nose (pun intended) with their standpoint on how the UK Government has handled the pandemic. Elbow bumping had become the new kissing, it was joked.
Hilarious sketch highlights from tonight’s show included: “The UK’s Most Eligible Singles” featuring a computer maintenance engineer looking to be turned on (not off). Next, a radio DJ had to start his life again from ‘scratch’ after the news his wife cheated on him with a caller on the show’s phone line. Then, a dancer thought to herself: “What’s the pointe?” (another pun), when a Zoom date with her partner was made up of a multitude of misunderstandings.
The main characteristic of this Zoom production, compared with the company’s other plays, was the fact that this was pre-recorded and not live. Theatre is about people watching other people in a live space you could argue, be it physical or virtual. I have to say I missed that element of live performance tonight and the spontaneity which comes with it. I suppose, this way, the company didn’t experience the lag of Zoom as much, and the whole thing could switch from one location to the next with quick changes of costume. However, I still noticed that absence of live performance and the connection with the audience it brings – even over Zoom. Anyway, I can see why they decided to do it for this ever-changing sketch show. I hope to see one of their shows live in person one day. Great work, once again.Reviewer - Sam Lowe
Wednesday, 17 February 2021
New work for the ‘lockdown age’: UK-wide, £30k commission call-out by The Lowry
The Lowry in Salford has announced a UK-wide commission call-out for new work designed for the ‘lockdown age’.
Entitled Live Now, the new commissioning scheme will offer three £10,000 grants to mid-career artists to create work for The Lowry’s online platform #LoveLowry.
The grants have been made possible further to The Lowry’s Culture Recovery Fund grant by Arts Council England and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.
The scheme aims to provide space for artists to reimagine their practice for a digital stage – and to explore how best performers can connect to their audience when they are physically removed from the space.
Claire Symonds, senior producer for artist development at The Lowry, said: “This investment in new digital work will, we hope, support artists to pivot into making work designed with the digital platform in mind. It also represents a new strand to our artistic programme and we’re really excited to see what ideas are put forward.
“We’re looking for individual artists, companies or collectives with an established practice and track record for creating high quality work. They should have the capacity, infrastructure and experience to deliver on the ambitions of their proposal and be willing to share their learning with other artists as part of our Artist Development Programme.”
For more information about the scheme, click here.
Expressions of interest should be sent to The Lowry by 5pm on Friday 26 February. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to meet with The Lowry’s creative team over Zoom on Tuesday 23 March.
#LoveLowry is The Lowry’s online platform – a virtual theatre, gallery and studio space that presents a series of performances, artworks, exhibitions, tours, workshops, comment and blogs, curated by the centre’s creative team and special guest curators.
Monday, 15 February 2021
The Royal Lyceum Theatre Company and Pitlochry Festival Theatre in association with Naked Productions and BBC Radio 3
Cast Announced for Mark Ravenhill’s Angela
26 – 28 March 2021
· Angela, the first autobiographical play by leading dramatist Mark Ravenhill, will be the first of eight new plays delivered on Sound Stage : a brand-new audio-digital platform from The Lyceum, Pitlochry Festival Theatre and Naked Productions.
· Written during lockdown specifically as a radio drama, the play centres on his mother, Angela, aged 84 and suffering with dementia, looking back across her life
· Angela stars Pam Ferris, Matti Houghton, Toby Jones, Jackson Laing, and Joseph Millson
· The cast is completed by Nadia Albina, Dermot Daly, Raj Ghatak, Olivier Huband, Alexandra Mathie, and Kirsty Stuart, and directed by Sony Award-winning Polly Thomas for Naked Productions
· Sound Stage is a new audio-digital platform offering audiences the chance to have an ‘at home theatre experience’ designed by theatre makers and leading audio digital technologists.
The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Pitlochry Festival Theatre, in association with Naked Productions and BBC Radio 3 are delighted to announce the cast for Sound Stage’s first production; Angela, a brand-new autobiographical play by Mark Ravenhill airing 26 – 28 March.
Angela centres on the playwright’s mother, at the age of 84 and suffering with dementia, as she looks back across her life. Intercutting between Angela in her old age, her memories and mind failing her, and in her youth; growing up, moving away from her roots as the world of drama welcomed her. The Play depicts her struggle with depression and the challenges of her own aspirations, and becoming a mother, poignantly set against Mark’s experience of beginning to learn ballet, his lifelong passion, in his fifties.
Performed by an exceptional cast, Angela stars Pam Ferris (Matilda, The Darling Buds of May, Rosemary and Thyme, Call The Midwife, Little Dorrit) and Matti Houghton (Call the Midwife, Manhunt, Law & Order, Luther) as Angela; BAFTA winner Toby Jones (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, The Hunger Games trilogy, Marvellous, Detectorists) as Ted; and Jackson Laing (The Boy in the Dress, Matilda; The Royal Shakespeare Company) and Joseph Millson (Angel Has Fallen, Dragonheart Vengeance, The Last Kingdom, Grantchester, Betrayal, Bath Theatre Royal; Mary Poppins, Cameron Mackintosh/Disney) as Mark.
The cast is completed by Nadia Albina (Emilia, Shakespeare’s Globe; The Madness of King George III, Nottingham Playhouse; Macbeth, National Theatre, Schreber, Radio 3/Naked Productions), Dermot Daly (Accidental Therapists, Naked Productions and BBC; Faith, Hope and Glory: Faith and Trevor, The Beatboxer, BBC Radio 4; ), Raj Ghatak (Christopher Robin, Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie, Everybody’s Talking about Jamie, Sheffield Crucible; The Kite Runner, UK Productions; Life of Pi, Sheffield Crucible and Simon Friend Productions, An Invitation to Indian Cooking, Radio 4/Naked Productions), Olivier Huband (Barefoot in the Park, The Lyceum and Pitlochry Festival Theatre; MI:6, A Discovery of Witches, I Hate Suzie, Adventures with the Painted People, Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Radio 3/Naked Productions), Alexandra Mathie (Cockpit, The Lyceum; Macbeth, Manchester Royal Exchange; Amadeus, National Theatre; All I Want is One Night, Hope Street Mill, Wild Duck, Radio 3/BBC Radio Drama), and Kirsty Stuart (The Duchess [Of Malfi], The Lyceum; Faith Healer, Pitlochry Festival Theatre; Gut, National Theatre of Scotland & Traverse; Oresteia: This Restless House, Citizens Theatre & National Theatre of Scotland, Adventures with the Painted People, Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Radio 3/Naked Productions), and will be directed by Naked Productions’ Polly Thomas (Relativity, BBC Radio 4; Lorenzaccio, BBC Radio 3; Amy Dorrit, Graeae and BBC Radio 4; One Story, Manchester International Festival).
Exquisitely observed and painfully honest, Angela is an emotive exploration of working-class motherhood in the 1960s, told by one of Britain’s best loved dramatists as we have never heard him before.
Playwright Mark Ravenhill said: “With the death of my mum in 2019, I was drawn for the first time to write an autobiographical play. I was particularly interested to explore the way culture high and low had impacted on Mum's life and our lives as a family. The play is constructed around a series of encounters with children's literature, classical ballet, amateur theatre, and popular song - encounters that shaped my mum's sense of self and her relationship with me. Both my parents are from working class backgrounds which gives a specific turn to their relationship to culture and to me. As I thought about a form that could move swiftly in time and location and between inner thought and outer action, I realised that this was best written as a radio play. I feel it's the most 'radio' of the radio plays that I've written…”
Angela by Mark Ravenhill – 26 March to 28 March 2021
Tennis Elbow by John Byrne – 30 April to 2 May 2021
Hindu Times by Jamini Jethwa – 28 May to 30 May 2021
The Mother Land by Lynda Radley – 25 June to 27 June 2021
Black Diamonds and the Blue Brazil by Gary McNair – 23 July to 25 July 2021
Sophia by Francis Poet – 27 August to 29 August 2021
TBC by Timberlake Wertenbaker – 24 September to 26 September 2021
TBC by Roy Williams – 29 October to 31 October 2021
Every Sound Stage performance will be accompanied by a post-show event, hosted on Sound Stage, inviting audiences to engage further with these exciting new plays
Tickets for Angela, along with the remaining seven Sound Stage productions, go on sale on Sunday 14 February, and can be purchased through The Lyceum and Pitlochry Festival Theatre websites priced from £10 per play across the season.
PROGRAMME FOR LGBTQIA+ THEATRE FESTIVAL - TURN ON FEST
NOW FULLY ONLINE FROM 17th-28th MARCH 2021
• Hope Mill Theatre announces rescheduled dates for Turn On Fest 2021, the annual LGBTQIA+ festival in partnership with Superbia, Manchester Pride’s year round programme of arts and culture. Due to the ongoing restrictions Hope Mill Theatre has decided to take the festival completely online, running from 17th to 28th March 2021.
• Headlining the festival will be an evening in conversation with Hope Mill Theatre patron Russell T Davies hosted by Julie Hesmondhalgh.
• Ru Paul’s drag star Divina De Campo will be joined by special guests in An Hour with Divina De Campo for two performances, directed by Kirk Jameson.
• Superbia, Hope Mill Theatre’s partnering organisation, will also host two key events within the festival.
• Manchester based company, Green Carnation Theatre will also be screening four short monologue films called Queer All About It, an evening of film, discussion and conversation.
• An Evening with Ryan Jamaal Swain will see the star of smash hit television series Pose discuss his career as a dancer and writer in an online discussion.
• Hope Mill Theatre has also offered development grants worth £1,000 as well as mentoring to four Manchester based queer theatre makers.
• The festival is now on sale and streamed events can be booked by visiting: hopemilltheatre.co.uk. There will be an option to purchase a festival pass to access all events throughout the festival.
Speaking about the rescheduled Turn On Fest dates, Hope Mill Theatre Artistic Director Joseph Houston said:
“We started 2021 having to postpone Turn On Fest, which was deeply saddening for our venue and artists involved. However, along with the support of the companies, artists, partners and venue team we have managed to not only reschedule the festival but also create a fully online festival for our audiences. In these difficult times it’s important to continue to share stories, create opportunities and engage with audiences, but also in a safe and secure way, which means that at this time we don’t feel it is possible to plan for any live performances during the festival but we are thrilled we are still able to share the amazing line up with everyone.”
Headlining Turn On Fest 2021 will be an evening in conversation with Hope Mill Theatre patron Russell T Davies at 8pm on Saturday 20th March 2021. The evening will be hosted by actress Julie Hesmondhalgh and will look at Davies’ incredible career writing for film and television, including the ground-breaking Queer As Folk, most recent Years and Years starring Russel Tovey and his newest Channel 4 drama, It’s A Sin.
Hope Mill Theatre is delighted to be hosting An Evening with Ryan Jamaal Swain, which will see the star of smash hit television series Pose discuss his career as a dancer and writer in an online discussion on Friday 26th March.
Another festival highlight will be An Hour with Divina De Campo where Ru Paul’s drag star Divina De Campo will be joined by special guests for two performances on Saturday 27th March 2021, directed by Kirk Jameson.
Superbia, the venue’s partnering organisation, will also host two key events within the festival:
• Fat Roland: Seven Inch: Set in the last record shop still standing, Manchester comic Fat Roland re-examines his life through not-so-teenage kicks, surrounded by forgettable (and unforgettable) pop music. Originally a five-star, one-idiot commission for The Lowry, this special adaption for the Edinburgh Fringe is making its Manchester premiere.
• Make A Scene: Quizabella Rossellini: Make A Scene is Manchester's big queer film club renowned for their hysterical and loving tributes to camp and LGBT+ cinema and TV. In a Make A Scene first, hostesses Gary James Williams and Grace Oni Smith bring a brand-new show to Turn On Fest - a new comedy game show that takes you on a romp through camp itself! Quizabella Rossellini (named after the iconic star of beloved gay fave Death Becomes Her) celebrates your film, TV and internet knowledge from Wizard of Oz to Chanel the Parrot via Nighty Night through a series of increasingly chaotic and ridiculous rounds.
Manchester based company, Green Carnation Theatre will also be screening four monologue plays made into films - Queer All About It, a celebration of diverse queer stories and new perspectives by four emerging LGBTQIA+ writer exploring: 30+ years of HIV, LGBTQ+ families, LGBTQ+ immigration, and faith & sexuality. These will be available online on Friday 19th March 2021.
Further programming includes We Kiss In a Shadow, a gay cabaret with Tony and Olivier nominated composer/lyricist/ orchestrator Jason Carr.
Hope Mill Theatre has also offered DEVELOPMENT GRANTS worth £1,000 as well as mentoring to four
Manchester based queer theatre makers Maz Hedgehog, Suriya Aisha, Finley Letchford-Dobs and Emma Hinds. These four local LGBTQIA+ individuals will showcase and develop their work whilst receiving marketing support, mentorship and rehearsal space:
• Let Me Count the Ways by Maz Hedgehog
Maz Hedgehog uses poetry and monologue to examine intimacy, boundaries, the ways we love and the ways we can heal.
• Dead Certain by Suriya Aisha
How much weight will your love allow? A white lie? Uncertainty? Overt deceit? They’ve the queer relationship many only dream and read about. What happens when their perfect planned life is put to the test in ways unimaginable? ‘Dead Certain’ a new short play by Suriya Aisha.
• Voyage by Finley Letchford-Dobbs
In Voyage, Finley Letchford-Dobbs regains control of his journey as a trans person through dramatized contemporary dance, music and video, a bold reclamation of power in a world that desperately tries to silence him.
• PURE by Emma Hinds
PURE is an exploration of sexuality and gender in the Christian church, amplifying the true stories of real women from inside these communities. Written by Emma Hinds, directed by Katie Mitchell.
The venue will also be hosting online queer socials and panel discussions throughout the festival and information on these will be shared on their social media.
Social Media: @turnonfestmcr
NEWS: Journey into the immersive, virtual reality world of 'Petrichor' - The Coliseum Theatre, Oldham.
Journey into the immersive, virtual reality world of PETRICHOR
From Monday 1 to Sunday 7 March, you'll be able to experience the fully-immersive world of PETRICHOR from the comfort of your own home.
A MATCHBOX production by ThickSkin.
Created by Jonnie Riordan, Jess Williams & Ben Walden
Welcome to Petrichor.
Thousands applied and you have been selected.
This is a new beginning, a clean slate, a second chance.
You are an important part of this machine,
And that’s all you need to think about.
Step into a new world.
A world where every single day is exactly the same. Petrichor is a dystopian reality, where every moment is muted, managed and monochrome. Nothing bad ever happens. Nothing good does either. Excitement and happiness have been traded for a world without pain and suffering. A chance meeting brings two unlikely individuals together and offers a small glimpse of what life could be.
Their newfound connection sends ripples through this ordered world. They begin to question every decision, every step and every thought they’ve ever had.
Could there be something more than this?
PETRICHOR will run online from Monday 1 March, 9am – Sunday 7 March, 11.59pm.
The experience lasts 35 minutes and you can watch it at any time during the week
Chronic Insanity in partnership with South West Creative Technology Network presents:
Hairy Hands FM
The legend of Dartmoor is brought to life in a new online interactive, immersive experience as part of the BBC New Creatives scheme
Created by Joe Strickland and Hannah Parsons
LAUNCH DATE: Friday 26th March
@CITheatre | #HairyHandsFM | chronicinsanity.wixsite.com/
Bringing the legendary Hairy Hands of Dartmoor to the smartphone in your hands, Chronic Insanity’s new audio adventure guides audiences on a treacherous journey, full of terrifying tales and fantastical folklore. Since first sighted in the 1920s, mysterious ‘Hairy Hands’ have been blamed by motorists for numerous road accidents in Devon with drivers claiming a pair of hands has seized control of the steering wheel. Requiring just a smartphone and a pair of headphones, Chronic Insanity’s Hairy Hands FM brings these spooky sightings to life through intricate, unnerving binaural sound design with only a radio host for guidance to help defeat the mythical monster.
Hairy Hands FM will feature as part of BBC Arts’ talent development scheme New Creatives, encouraging artists aged 16-30 to push creative boundaries and reflect their experiences of living in Britain today. Nottingham-based company Chronic Insanity’s latest production follows in the footsteps of their twelve shows in twelve months project, which included ‘pick and mix’ digital theatre production 52 Souls. Led by Nat Henderson and Joe Strickland, Chronic Insanity also use sustainable theatre making practices, record all performances in multiple digital formats, create new opportunities for other creatives to get their work on, and document the whole process for others to learn from.
Artistic Director Joe Strickland said, “I’m a theatre maker motivated by telling stories in ways that people aren’t familiar with, often with interactivity, often with digital technology. I’m also a big horror fan and love how, as a genre, it preys on collective and cultural fears. I think a lot of people are currently afraid of sudden unexpected chaos or things they don’t understand having immeasurably huge effects on their lives, and this is a fear horror can address really well, especially with an interactive horror experience in one’s own home. People like the safe space horror provides for confronting and exploring difficult topics, and, though this experience will be scary, this will provide a positive outcome - helping people realise they can control their fears, not be ruled by them.”
Hannah Parsons is a sound designer, producer and recordist from Southampton specialising in binaural, spatial audio technology. Hannah designs sound-led yet accessible pieces, working with emerging writers to realise their visions in new, immersive ways. This is supported by years of experience as a theatre technician and stage manager.
Joe Strickland combines experience as a theatre maker, magician, psychologist, and creative technologist to make original audiences experiences for traditional, found, and digital spaces.
Running Time: TBC (approx. 20 mins) | Suitable for ages 16+
Written and Directed by Joe Strickland Produced and Sound Designed by Hannah Parsons
UX Design by Chronic Insanity
Sarah - Abbi Davey
Temp - Charlie Basley
Trevor - Alex Stedman
Mystery Voice - Phillip Garcia
NEWS: Manchester Camerata team up with new streaming platform Virtual Circle for online concert on 26th February.
MANCHESTER CAMERATA JOINS FORCES WITH BRAND NEW STREAMING PLATFORM:
As live performance restrictions remain in place at the start of 2021, Manchester Camerata is as determined as ever to reach out to and remain connected to its audiences, bringing its world class music to a national and global platform. With this in mind, “Britain's most adventurous orchestra” (The Times) is thrilled to announce its first ever concert for brand new streaming platform Virtual Circle recently launched by HarrisonParrott - one of the world’s leading arts management companies.
Conducted by the internationally renowned Pekka Kuusisto, this brand new concert by Manchester Camerata- All Time Is Eternally Present - packs a real punch with an eclectic and exciting programme – its first of many planned for 2021. The full programme features rising star Saxophonist and BBC Radio 3 broadcaster, Jess Gillam performing Michael Nyman’s Where the Bee Dances; and the new and very powerful style of composition from BBC Last Night of the Proms composer - Daniel Kidane - whose brand new piece commissioned by Manchester Camerata Be Still creates a sense of inner stillness and calm - something that is arguably much needed right now. Completing the programme are the gentle tones of Dobrinka Tabakova’s Dawn and the never ending expanse of Copland’s Appalachian Spring. It will premiere on Virtual Circle on February 26 and tickets for the online event are on sale from today: https://www.emusiclive.com/
This live recording - which took place in private at the Stoller Hall on Saturday January 9th in line with current government guidelines - will also broadcast in full on BBC Radio 3 on January 19th at 7.30pm. Additional Manchester Camerata recordings captured at the Stoller Hall will also be streamed on Virtual Circle at a later date.
Manchester Camerata CEO Bob Riley comments: “It would have been so joyous had we been able to capture our first concert of the year for Harrison Parrott with a live audience but as it stands, to be able to work alongside the astonishing talents of Jess Gillam and Pekka Kuusisto and feature brand new work by the very brilliant Daniel Kidane, is something we are hugely proud of. We cannot wait to be able to share our brand new series of streamed concerts and we are also extremely excited that part of our very first one will receive its premiere on BBC Radio 3. We very much miss being able to reach out to and perform for our live audiences, and we are therefore committed and determined to keep seeking and curating these broadcasting opportunities where we are able to share our work far and wide and subsequently support our musicians and collaborators as much as possible during these challenging times.”
All Time Is Eternally Present streams on February 26th via HarrisonParrott’s Virtual Circle.
Tickets are £10 per household and can be purchased here: https://www.emusiclive.com/
TOBACCO FACTORY THEATRES LAUNCHES ONLINE SPRING PROGRAMME
Tobacco Factory Theatres is delighted to announce online shows, Get Involved activities and opportunities for artists coming up this February and March 2021.
“Though our theatres and spaces remain closed, our desire to connect is stronger than ever. Our theatre started as an experiment, and we continue to believe in experimentation. That’s why we’re exploring new ways for audiences, young people and artists to make connections with theatre online, even when we can’t be physically together.” David Dewhurst, Executive Director, Tobacco Factory Theatres
From Fri 19 – Sun 21 February, Tobacco Factory Theatres will be co-presenting with Circomedia, Best of BE at HOME FESTIVAL, BE FESTIVAL's online offering in place of their usual live festival. Artists from Spain, Belgium and the UK will bring two thrilling online shows into your homes – Recall explores memories and Shan Shui offers the freedom of the sights and sounds of nature. Priority booking for Members of Tobacco Factory Theatres is open now and the shows go on general sale on Tue 09 February at 10am.
On Sat 27 February, tickets are still available for comedian Laura Lexx’s Knee Jerk, which is being skillfully transferred online to share with audiences through Zoom.
Tobacco Factory Theatres’s Get Involved programme is back this March!
There will be weekly online Young Theatre Makers sessions for ages 7-10, 11-13 and 14-19. Sessions will be fun, engaging and most importantly, a place of connection for young people. YTM goes on general sale on Mon 08 February at 10am.
Plus, for adults, the brilliantly successful Factory Singers choir will be rehearsing together online for seven weeks and newcomers are welcome. Through singing the Factory Singers promote a sense of wellbeing and belonging to the community. Their ethos is to sing with joy, passion, groove and style, whilst making a beautiful sound. No singing experience or audition necessary.
And last but not least, the final announcement from Tobacco Factory Theatres (for now!) is the launch of its Pay What You Choose Masterclass Programme for South West-based artists, led online by a range of inspiring practitioners.
Mike Tweddle, Artistic Director, Tobacco Factory Theatres said: “Our theatre owes so much to freelance and independent artists, who have created almost everything we’ve presented over the last 20 years. These talented and professional colleagues have been confronted with huge challenges through Covid-19, whilst, on the whole, receiving far less support than venues. Whilst we continue to work on our long-term survival, we aim to support local artists in new and varied ways, starting with this Masterclass Programme.”
The first three sessions will be led by actor Katy Stephens, theatre maker, producer and performer Josie Dale-Jones and dancer and choreographer Läila Diallo.
Masterclasses are all available on a Pay What You Choose basis, recognising that everyone is in different financial circumstances. Whatever participants feel able to spend, session leaders will be fully paid for their work. Sessions are first available to book for Tobacco Factory Theatres Artist Members (free to join), from now until Sun 07 February, when they will go on general sale.
This is just the beginning – Tobacco Factory Theatres looks forward to sharing further news and activities in the weeks to come.
For more information please contact:
NEWS: By The Waters Of Liverpool announces plans to continue its live theatre tour starting in September.
BY THE WATERS OF LIVERPOOL ANNOUNCES
THE CONTINUATION OF ITS UK TOUR
THE HELEN FORRESTER PLAY BASED ON THE BEST-SELLING BOOK WILL RUN FROM SEPTEMBER 2021 VISITING SEVENTEEN VENUES ACROSS THE UK
The acclaimed stage production of Helen Forrester’s, By The Waters Of Liverpool was cut short last March after just three venues into a seventeen venue tour; but now producers have announced the continuation of their UK tour in Autumn 2021.
Writer and Co-producer Rob Fennah said: “When we launched By The Waters Of Liverpool last year the response was so overwhelming we were determined not to let the pandemic get the better of us. We have a mantra when things get tough, ‘don’t give up – don’t give in!’
“By The Waters is not only returning to the stage in September, it is going to be bigger, bolder and more glorious than ever.”
Co-producer Bill Elms added: “With the vaccine roll-out going so well, we can now see the light at the end of a dark tunnel for the theatre industry and we just hope people will feel safe enough to come back in their droves; embracing theatre and live performance more than ever before.”
The stellar cast featured star names from stage and screen, including Sian Reeves, Mark Moraghan, Parry Glasspool, Lucy Dixon, Eric Potts, Lynn Francis, Danny O’Brien, Roy Carruthers, and Chloe McDonald.
By The Waters Of Liverpool opened on Tuesday 3 March 2020 at the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton – just a few miles from the author’s birthplace in Hoylake. It was there a blue plaque was unveiled by actors Sian Reeves and Mark Moraghan to coincide with the opening of the tour which received a raft of 4-5-star reviews.
After an enforced 18 month break due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the tour will now continue to run from September 2021, opening in Lytham, then visiting towns and cities across the UK, including Lancaster, Darlington, St Helens, Warrington, Bolton, Stockport, Crewe, Halifax, Coventry, Winchester, Rhyl, Hayes, Chesterfield, Malvern, Southport and Wirral.
By The Waters Of Liverpool is a stunning period drama produced by the team that brought the smash hit Twopence To Cross The Mersey to the stage, produced by Pulse Records Limited in association with Bill Elms, written by Rob Fennah and directed by Gareth Tudor Price.
By The Waters Of Liverpool is set in the 1930s after Helen’s father went bankrupt during the Depression. Her family were forced to leave behind the nannies, servants and comfortable middle-class life in the South West of England. The Forrester’s chose Liverpool to rebuild their shattered lives, but they were in for a terrible shock. Taken out of school to look after her young siblings, Helen is treated as an unpaid slave. So begins a bitter fight with her parents for the right to go out to work and make her own way in life. But by 1939 and with Britain on the verge of war, Helen now aged 20, has still never been kissed by a man. But things start looking up for her when she meets a tall strong seaman and falls in love.
Helen Forrester’s best-selling volumes of autobiography include Twopence To Cross The Mersey, Liverpool Miss, By The Waters Of Liverpool, and Lime Street At Two.
The new production of By The Waters Of Liverpool also features sizeable chunks from Helen Forrester’s Liverpool Miss and Lime Street At Two plus flashbacks to Twopence To Cross The Mersey.
Adapted by Rob Fennah · Directed by Gareth Tudor Price
Produced by Pulse Records Limited in association with Bill Elms
Fully endorsed by the Helen Forrester Estate
BY THE WATERS OF LIVERPOOL
LOWTHER PAVILION - LYTHAM
Thursday 9 – Saturday 11 September 2021
West Beach, Lytham St Annes, FY8 5QQ
Box Office: 01253 294221
LANCASTER GRAND THEATRE
Monday 13 – Tuesday 14 September 2021
St Leonardgate, Lancaster, LA1 1NL
Box Office: 01524 64695
Wednesday 15 – Thursday 16 September 2021
Parkgate, Darlington, DL1 1RR
Box Office: 01325 405405
ST HELENS THEATRE ROYAL
Monday 20 – Wednesday 22 September 2021
Corporation Street, St Helens, WA10 1LQ
Box Office: 01744 756000
WARRINGTON PARR HALL
Thursday 23 – Friday 24 September 2021
Palmyra Square, Warrington, WA1 1BL
Box Office: 01925 442345
BOLTON ALBERT HALLS
Monday 27 - Tuesday 28 September 2021
Victoria Square, Bolton, BL1 1RU
Box Office: 0843 7080500
Wednesday 29 – Thursday 30 September 2021
Mersey Square, Stockport, SK1 1SP
Box Office: 0161 477 7779
Friday 1 – Saturday 2 October 2021
Heath Street, Crewe, CW1 2DA
Box Office: 01270 368242
VICTORIA THEATRE – HALIFAX
Monday 11 – Tuesday 12 October 2021
Fountain Street, Halifax, HX1 1BP
Box Office: 01422 351158
THE ALBANY THEATRE - COVENTRY
Wednesday 13 – Thursday 14 October 2021
Albany Road, Coventry, CV5 6JQ
Box Office: 02476 998964
THEATRE ROYAL WINCHESTER
Friday 15 – Saturday 16 October 2021
21-23 Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8SB
Box Office: 01962 840440
PAVILION THEATRE - RHYL
Monday 18 – Thursday 21 October 2021
East Parade, Rhyl, LL18 3AQ
Box Office: 01745 330000
BECK THEATRE HAYES
Monday 25 – Tuesday 26 October 2021
Grange Road, Hayes, Middlesex, UB3 2UE
Box Office: 020 85618371
POMEGRANATE THEATRE - CHESTERFIELD
Monday 1 – Wednesday 3 November 2021
Corporation Street, Chesterfield, S41 7TX
Box Office: 01246 345222
Friday 5 – Saturday 7 November 2021
Grange Road, Malvern, WR14 3HB
Box Office: 01684 892277
THE ATKINSON - SOUTHPORT
Tuesday 9 – Friday 12 November 2021
Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1DB
Box Office: 01704 533333
FLORAL PAVILION - WIRRAL
Saturday 13 – Sunday 14 November 2021
Marine Promenade, New Brighton, CH45 2JS
Box Office: 0151 666 0000