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The Reader Gallery at Calderstones…Saturday 19th April


Beautiful lake, enchanting gardens, and exciting adventure playgrounds all go together to make ….Great things happening in Calderstones Park!

So, if you have the time and can make it, take a trip to this versatile park while the glorious weather is still with us.

The Reader Organisation has taken over the mansion house for some time now and there are brilliant plans in the making for this beautiful historic building.

I have been asked many times about the Mansion and the Organisation housed there. So here’s the story in simple form, The Reader Organisation is an award-winning charitable social enterprise working across the UK to connect people with great literature.

During the summer I attended one of their conferences at Hope University and was impressed by their support and the number of schools and organisations using the medium of ‘the book’ to develop not only reading skills but confidence, attitude and in cases a springboard to further adult education courses.

The Reader Organisation is currently now working to transform the Grade II Listed Calderstones Mansion House with lottery funding, into an international centre for reading.

With fantastic weather forecast for tomorrow, what better than to wander into the park and visit the now refurbished café and see the plans for the upgrade.

There will also be a refurbishment of the fantastic outdoor theatre stage at the back of the Mansion and plans are on the horizon for a visit from the professional Shakespeare company, ‘The Globe Theatre’ soon!.

Take a walk to the old Coach House which now houses The Reader Gallery and view the display called ‘The Unforgotten Coat Exhibition’. This is an award-winning children’s book created by Frank Cottrell Boyce, Carl Hunter and Clare Heney (Edge Hill University), to support The Reader Organisation.

This exhibition features the stunning and atmospheric photography from the book, transforming Liverpool into a version of Mongolia through the medium of Polaroids. Well worth a purchase!

Because She Loved the Lion @ Liverpool Lantern Theatre

lion‘But you are so tiny’ the Lion laughed.

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

Booking Details:
By Phone: 0151 703 0000


Greetings from Netherley!

netherleyA new play by Valley Theatre Adult Drama Group

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!


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