THE EPSTEIN THEATRE, LIVERPOOL – NOVEMBER & DECEMBER 2016
This original production was on an expansive, glamorous scale within the intimate and magnificent proscenium arch theatre that is The Epstein. Thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the entire venue and front-of-house were transported back to Crane’s Theatre, as it would have been on the night that our show is set, November 28th, 1940. There was a ‘40s band in the bar, where appropriate refreshments were served and everyone ‘dressed-to-kill 1940-style’.
Thanks to a wonderful team of designers (set, stage, lighting, animation, costumes, sound and graphics) the audience were transported, in the most contemporary way, back 75 years to the early Liverpool Blitz. Set engineering, courtesy of Arup UK, added to the scene, alongside the work of a creative team that produced an inspiring show. But, it was the remarkable group of young actors – some in their first professional production – many from Liverpool Theatre School (who proved the most talented group from those auditioned from across the country) who brought the production to life.
All of these magical touches fused together with the facts and fiction of that momentous night in November 1940. No-one was left untouched as the miracle in that devastated city was uncovered. The audience left with a spring in their step, a tear in their eye, a smile on their face and, above all, hope in their heart.