HAND in Hand Theatre is one of the Globe's inaugural Wirral Arts Ambassadors.

They always offer something different and this last outing is no exception playing the Festival of Firsts in Hoylake and Wallasey Central Library.

It was a show of two halves.

A double-bill of work to celebrate women.

Ladies in Bonnets is an hour-long production and marked - to the very day in 1817 -  the death of Jane Austen.

It featured a seven strong ensemble – including a narrator - reading from Austen's classic novels.

The concept on this occasion was rather a static affair.

I am sure it would work better staged in a theatre with stronger lighting.

The sound quality is so important to savour Austen's time-less words and to convey her sense of humour.

A little more atmospheric music would certainly aid the storytelling.

The star of this particular celebration was the costumes by Loraine McKinley and Jill Breckon.

Baggage, written and directed by Bev Clark, is a two-hander with great potential.

The story - written in 2006 - centres on a brief encounter by two women at a bus stop.

Sandra (Susan Reeve) is a disillusioned housewife out shopping.

She meets Annie – a bag lady (Gerladine Moloney Judge) who gradually reveals her past.

The 40-minute play could sit well in Jimmy McGovern’s Moving On series.

Both characters have baggage  and need to move on.

Money from the sold-out evening went to supporting The Hope Project who, for the last four years, have helped the homeless in Liverpool.

Hand in Hand continue to fly the arts flag. I look forward to their next venture.

Mixed Double - Four stars