The UK premiere tour of Helen Forrester’s By The Waters of Liverpool, comes to Blackpool.
Featuring a star-studded cast from stage and screen; Mark Moraghan, Sian Reeves, Parry Glasspool, Lucy Dixon & Eric Potts join Lynn Francis, Danny O’Brien, Roy Carruthers and Chloe McDonald.
Adapted from Helen Forrester’s million-selling book, By The Waters Of Liverpool is a stunning period drama set in the 1930s. The story opens in 1935. Helen is sixteen years old and fighting a bitter battle with her parents for the right to educate herself and go out to work. During the Great Depression, Helen’s father lost his fortune when the stock market crashed and the family were suddenly thrown into poverty. Leaving behind the nannies, servants and comfortable middle-class life in the South West of England, the Forrester’s chose Liverpool as the place to start over. They were in for a terrible shock. Taken out of school to care for her younger brothers and sisters while her parents struggled to re-build their shattered lives, Helen is treated as an unpaid slave and desperate to escape. By 1939, now aged twenty and with Britain on the brink of war, she has still never been kissed by a man. But things start looking up for Helen when she meets a tall strong seaman and falls in love.
“By The Waters Of Liverpool also features flashbacks to Helen’s earlier books Liverpool Miss and Twopence To Cross The Mersey. I’ve even weaved in a storyline from Helen’s fourth autobiography, Lime Street At Two. That way those unfamiliar with Helen’s work still get a complete picture of her life”. Rob Fennah ~ Playwright and friend of Helen Forrester.
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Rob Fennah joined his first band, Buster, in 1974. In 1984 Rob teamed up with his brother Alan and formed a new band, Alternative Radio. In 1992, Rob did an adaptation of Two pence To Cross The Mersey. As a musical play it grossed over 2 million at the Liverpool Empire alone, and the new hit stage play version has enjoyed two successful tours in 2015 and 2016. In April 2018 Rob’s stage play, Lennon’s Banjo, premièred at Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre. It featured former-Beatles’ drummer, Pete Best, in a cameo role and made headlines around the world.
Free Lance Theatre Director, for West End, Regional Rep, Touring (Small / Mid-scale and National Number One Tours). For HULL TRUCK THEATRE COMPANY (2002- 11): As Artistic Director (2009-11), Joint Artistic Director (2006-08) and Associate Artistic Director (2002-06). Responsible for the ongoing development of the Company’s Artistic Policy programming exciting, diverse, innovative and informative seasons of artistic and creative activity, both home-produced and incoming. Led the development, commissioning and dramaturgy of over 30 new plays (writers included Richard Bean, Amanda Whittington and Alan Plater). Directed over 40 productions in nine years.
Mark's TV series regulars include Adrian in Coronation Street, Owen Davis in Holby City (5 years), Ray Wyatt in Dream Team (3 years) & Greg Shadwick in Brookside (2 years). His other television credits include: The Knot, Doctors, Heartbeat, The Bill, Where The Heart Is, Always And Everyone, Close And True, Casualty, Peak Practice, Real Women, Harry Enfield and Chums, Sharman, London’s Burning, Ocean of America, The Vet, Against All Odds, The Lodge, Wilderness Edge, Boon, The Chief, Needle, Waterfront Beat, Murder in the Wind, Shoot to Kill, Shooting Stars, Emmerdale Farm and Liars. Film credits include Allies (Hawthorn Productions) Ramanujan (Camphore Cinema) and Amar, Akbar & Tony (AAT Films LTD). Previous films include; Stepdad, The Last Bloodline and Judge Dredd. Mark’s debut Album Moonlight’s Back In Style is released on Linn Records.
Reeves is an original cast member of Les Misérables in 1985. She performed with Colm Wilkinson, Michael Ball, Rebecca Caine, Peter Polycarpou, Caroline Quentin, Frances Ruffelle, Roger Allam and Patti LuPone. Reeves appeared in BBC soap opera EastEnders in the summer of 2006 as Elaine Jarvis for five episodes. In May 2006 she appeared on a celebrity edition of The Weakest Link, and narrated the autobiographical documentary Elton John: Me, Myself & I. In July 2009, In 2009, Reeves appeared as Hannah Temple in the BBC drama series Hope Springs and as office manager Gloria in BBC3 sitcom Lunch Monkeys. Reeves appeared at the 25th-anniversary performance of Les Misérables at the O2 in 2010. From 2011 to 2014, Reeves portrayed Bianca in the Sky 1/Sky Living comedy drama, Mount Pleasant.
Played Harry Thompson in Hollyoaks,and was nominated for best newcomer at the 21st National Television Awards in 2016.
Best known for her roles as Tilly Evans in teen soap opera Hollyoaks and as Danielle Harker in Waterloo Road.
In 2014, Potts directed Philip King's "See How They Run" for a UK touring production and is known for his appearance Coronation Street as the eccentric baker Diggory Compton.
Lynn Francis is an actress, known for I Have a Bad Feeling About This (2018), Charlie Noades R.I.P (2011) and Reds & Blues: The Ballad of Dixie & Kenny (2010).
He is an actor and writer, known for Planet Mirth (1997), Fist of Fun (1995) and Doors to Manual (1999).
Roy Carruthers is an actor, known for Sparkle (2007), Going Off Big Time (2000) and Good Cop (2012).
Graduate of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Chloe has recently performed in Liverpool’s Unity Theatre as well as Edinburgh, Lahti and Gothenburg Fringe festival. Credits include: Sylvia in The Pride, Procne in The Love of The Nightingale and Romeo and Juliet.
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