A massive call out has gone out for volunteers for this year’s biggest street theatre event and now 120 people have the chance to be part of the show itself.
For the first time in its 21 year history of producing jaw-dropping giant events, the company behind the theatrical spectacle, Royal de Luxe, is asking members of the public to play a central role in their production.
Although the full story is yet to be revealed for Memories of August 1914, part of it will focus on the recreation of the recruitment of the Liverpool Pals battalions, which 100 years ago saw men volunteer alongside their family members, neighbours and work colleagues, signing up to defend Britain on the battlefields of Europe.
The team is after 120 men to volunteer to take part in Memories which runs from 23-27 July, with the main action taking place from 25-27 July. To apply you must:
- be over 18 years of age
- be physically fit as marching repeatedly will be required.
- be available for rehearsals on the 27-30 June, 16, 19 and 24-27 July
- be able to supply your own costume – period civilian outfits are welcomed as are period military uniforms (of the era)
The deadline for applications is 10pm Tuesday 6 May. For full details on how to apply visit www.giantspectacular.com/getinvolved and fill in the Liverpool Pals Battalions re-enactment volunteer application form.
Founder and Artistic Director of Royal de Luxe, Jean Luc Courcoult, said: “We put our heart and soul into these shows and it’s hugely important for us that our giants tell a story which resonates with the city they are exploring.
“Liverpool has such a rich history and the Pals is an incredible and inspirational part of that – and one that we had to incorporate in the show. When we looked at developing the idea, we decided we must recruit an army, and there was no doubt in our minds that we wanted it to be made up of people from Liverpool.
“We aim to recreate the recruitment spirit of 100 years ago, and we’re positive the finished product will be an emotional highlight for many. “
Tony Wainwright, Secretary of the Liverpool Pals Memorial Fund, said: “We are delighted that Royal De Luxe have chosen to incorporate the story of the formation of the Liverpool Pals in the production Memories of August 1914.
“The Liverpool Pals story is a remarkable one. Following Lord Derby’s promise that Liverpool would provide one battalion of men from the business community of Liverpool, the response was overwhelming. Between August and November 1914 not one but four battalions were formed and there were enough volunteers to form two reserve battalions. They went on to distinguish themselves during the course of the war, seeing action in some of the fiercest battles.
“Sadly over 2800 men fell in action and never saw the peace for which they gave their lives. On 31 August 2014 a memorial will be unveiled in Lime Street station. The date is significant, being 100 years to the day of the first volunteers signing up at St Georges Hall to join the Liverpool Pals.
“We hope that the Pals being involved in the show will raise the profile of their story and allow many more people to discover their heroism. The city of Liverpool should be rightly proud of OUR Pals, the first to be formed and the last to be stood down. With the help of Royal de Luxe we hope to show just how proud we should be.”
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Lady Parts Theatre presents the story of a mother, her daughter, her sister and a mouse consumed by a lion with a beautiful mane. Because She Loved the Lion is a showcase for strong roles for women in this drama about family relationships, and what happens when they break down.
Because She Loved the Lion is the latest work from Everyman and Playhouse Writer on Attachment Laura-Kate Barrow. It is directed by Peter Mitchelson and performed by Esther Dix, Sarah Keating and Nuala Maguire. It premieres in Liverpool before heading to venues around the North West and eventually to the Brighton Fringe and is produced with the support of Liverpool Lantern Theatre.
A collection will be made at each performance for Refuge – the domestic abuse charity. The charity’s advice has been invaluable throughout the re-drafting process.
Because She Loved the Lion is on at Liverpool Lantern Theatre
Wed 16 – Friday 18 April | 7:30pm
Saturday 19 April | 2.30pm
By Phone: 0151 703 0000
Telling the story of a lost but not forgotten community, Valley Theatre adult group are performing a play about the Prefab estate that was situated on the land now occupied by Belle Vale Shopping Centre.
Just after the last World War, faced with thousands of returning soldiers and the aftermath of the Blitz, Britain embarked upon a nationwide programme of house building. Central to the housing strategy, was the temporary use of “Pre-fabricated” dwellings. These “Construction kit” aluminium bungalows were built in converted aeroplane factories, and assembled in a fraction of the usual time.
Estates of “pre-fabs” began to spring up all over Britain. In Belle Vale, where Belle Vale Shopping Centre now stands, a massive prefab estate of over 1000 dwellings was established. The idea was that the prefabs would only stand for approximately ten years. The people who lived in them, however, loved them so much, they were reluctant to leave when the time came.
“Greetings from Netherley”, by the Valley Theatre Company, captures the spirit of that unique community. Written using material from former residents and members of the local Prefab Project, this is a play that will tug at your heart strings and take you back to a distant but not forgotten time.
You can catch Greetings from Netherley on Wed & Thu 23rd and 24th of April, 7.30pm, at the Valley Theatre, Childwall, Valley Road, L27 3YA
Entrance is by donation so be generous!