Wirral musical set for return to Liverpool stage

1:52pm Monday 7th January 2013

By Craig Manning

A MUSICAL play which charts the turbulent history of the Cammell Laird shipyard will be staged at the Royal Court in Liverpool later this year.

Down Our Street will be staged at the city centre venue from April 12-27.

Presented by Active Drama Productions it follows the world-famous shipyard from its early days, through difficult times and to the present day.

Written by the group's artistic director Brian McCann, the production premiered in Birkenhead in 2003. It was also staged in 2004 and last seen at the Unity Theatre, Liverpool in 2011.

The script features a number of memorable music and songs capturing the town's spirit through good times and the bad.

On taking the show to the Royal Court Brian McCann, who lives and works in Birkenhead, told the Globe: "I'm looking forward to working in one of the most welcoming theatres around.

"This production is going to be bigger than we've done it before, with a new score, great set and an amazing cast to be announced shortly."

Over the years the Active Drama team has worked with groups creating plays about Flaybrick Memorial Gardens, Bidston Hill, Birkenhead Market and an acclaimed musical play looking at the history of Tranmere Rovers.

In 2007, the company received national recognition for their production of Bully by Brian appearing on the Paul O'Grady Show and earned an outstanding review in the national theatre publication

Through drama, comedy and song, Down Our Street celebrates this through the eyes of the people of Merseyside and the workers 'down the yard'.

Brian said: "Merseyside has so much to be proud of, our heritage and our culture.

"In many ways we led the way on the international stage in music, the arts and industry. In every corner, on every street there are great stories reflecting our past and celebrating our present.

"There is one story that stands out above the rest. You only have to look down the banks of the river Mersey to see the iconic buildings of what was one of the greatest shipbuilders in the world, Cammell Laird, the birthplace of some of the most famous ships including The Ark Royal, HMS Trident and the Alabama."

Tickets are from the box office on 0870 787 1866 or royalcourtliverpool.com


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