LOVEHISTORY’S UNIQUE SELL-OUT THEATRICAL TOURS ARE BACK WITH NEW CHARACTERS AND STORIES FROM THE DEPTHS OF ST GEORGE’S HALL
Liverpool’s St George’s Hall have announced the return of the popular Catacombs Tours from Mon 16th – Sat 21st March, exploring the darker heart of Liverpool’s most celebrated and historic building. The theatrical events sent chills down the spine of thousands of people who attended the two runs of tours last year. Tickets are now on sale and should sell fast.
Theatrical company Lovehistory Ltd are set to return with a whole host of actors portraying new characters and new stories from Liverpool’s murderous past. Experience The Catacombs of Liverpool’s Darkest History and peel back the layers of yesteryear to reveal what lies within the heart of St George’s Hall’s dark past.
Alan Smith, St George’s Hall Manager said, “The popularity of these tours has been incredible with over 4000 people attending and it is wonderful to see these previously unused areas animated in such a way for public use. It shows Liverpool’s love of its history and its fascination in exploring its many beautiful buildings.”
The promenade performances explore the court room and dark cells below the grandness of the Great Hall, where those waiting to be condemned would spend their final moments and in the shadows of Liverpool’s past, spectators will encounter the characters that will tell their tormented tales and illuminate their history.
The Catacombs were previously used as billeting quarters for police and the army during transport strikes, or as a food dispensary and water store during the Second World War, the catacombs and basement galleries will now take on a new and dramatic lease of life.
Join Liverpool’s own premier theatrical performance company Lovehistory for a unique theatrical experience. Lovehistory have perfected the art of promenade theatre and the dramatic murder mystery experience with dinners within the Great Hall throughout the year and will now create some further spellbinding tours which are a must see for all ages.
See Liverpool’s history exposed like never before from the dark and twisted underbelly of St George’s Hall.
The Catacombs of Liverpool’s Darkest History
St George’s Hall, Heritage Centre Entrance, St John’s Lane, Liverpool.
Monday 16th – Saturday 21st March 2015 (Exc Thu)
Time: 6pm, 6.45pm, 7.30pm, 8.15pm
(Approximately one hour in duration)
Tickets: £15.00 (No booking fee)
(Capacity 40 people per tour)
Purchase in person at TicketQuarter, Queen Square, Liverpool. Online at www.ticketquarter.co.uk or call 0844 800 0410.
Something special has come to Liverpool this weekend. The first gathering of Liverpool artists of its type in this haunting old building, the exhibition includes artwork, sculptures, photography and even performance art. Every kind of artist is represented here in this great community-based event, from established artists to emerging ones and even local students. Newsham Park Hospital itself is an inspired setting for an exhibition and it’s wasted old halls and wards (some filled with ominous looking equipment) provides an extraordinary backdrop for the work on display.
I caught up with artist and organiser Anna di Scala on the opening day and asked her how the whole thing came about. She told me how she and friend Angie had used Facebook to get things organised. Anna told me, “We wanted to organise an event for the whole of Liverpool. We noticed that galleries were taking artists from other parts of the country and pushing Liverpool artists out, so I did as much as I could to get Liverpool artists on board – and children, of course.”
About the building, Anna said that it was pretty straightforward after Angie asked the owner. Unbelievably, the whole event was put together in just six weeks. “The building itself is something to see before the artwork, so everything you see is a piece of art in itself. Every artist who’s set foot through the doors has been inspired and there’s new art being created on the back of it” Anna would love to run further events and would love to bring in some of her artist friends from Italy and Spain. She told me, “I hope this is just the beginning of a big art venue.”
I was thrilled to see a wide demographic of people all dressed up in their winter woollies who’d come to see the event and this was reflected in the artists whose work was on display, from children to pensioners. I talked to a couple of the artists who had work on display. Mark Sheeky, whose Dali-esque work sits next to Anna’s in the main hall was enthusiastic about bringing art to the community and would love to see more of it. Mark told me, “Considering it’s over 60 artists in quite a short amount of time, it’s quite an achievement.” And I couldn’t agree more.
I also spoke to Hope University student Andrew Trimble who is exhibiting for the first time. Andrew’s work is nestled into an old hospital ward cubicle and he said the space had inspired his choice of work to display.
I was so excited about the exhibition that I even bought my own piece from one of my favourite street artists Love ArtUK.
The exhibit ends today, Sunday 9th November, so get down there if you can. If you can’t, then lets hope the next exhibition in the amazing space is with us really soon.
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Tonight 5 November 2014, Newsham Park and Sefton Park, 7:30pm
This year the theme is ‘Salute to the Services’ as the city pays tribute to our armed forces.
We’d encourage you to travel to the displays on foot or public transport, wherever possible. You can get the latest travel information from www.merseytravel.gov.uk. Please leave plenty of time to get there. There is limited accessible parking at Croxteth Drive, Sefton Park and Gardners Drive at Newsham Park.
A few do’s and don’ts. Please don’t bring your own fireworks, sparklers or Chinese lanterns. Please do wear warm, sensible clothing/footwear. Please leave your pooch at home. Please have a lovely time!
The events are brought to you by the city council’s Culture Liverpool team.