The four-week 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 and runs until Saturday 3 December, with eight performances across the five 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 first 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 Natalie Dignam.
The musical is set on the night of 28/29 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 first-hand experiences of women – much like the four ‘Liver birds’ in the show – from one of Britain’s largest wartime munitions factories.
Join the ‘Liver birds’ – 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 narrator.
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 second 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 www.epsteinliverpool.co.
Tuesday 29 November – 7.30pm
Wednesday 30 November – 2.30pm / 7.30pm
Thursday 1 December – 2.30pm / 7.30pm
Friday 2 December – 7.30pm
Saturday 3 December – 2.30pm / 7.30pm
Tickets from £15.00 – £24.00*
Opening night all seats £18.00. Midweek Mats all seats £15.00
Group Rates available
Book tickets by calling 0844 888 4411
Book tickets online at www.epsteinliverpool.co.uk
Book in person at the theatre box office (open 2pm-6pm Monday-Thursday / 12pm-6pm Friday-Saturday)
*plus 50p restoration levy per booking
The Epstein Theatre
85 Hanover Street
Photographs credited to David Munn Photography