Scouser Scot brings HOPE to a Liverpool audience .

Anyone who’s taken a Bus into the City centre of Liverpool recently couldn’t have helped themselves  noticing arguably the biggest Theatre poster known to humanity fronting the  Royal Court Theatre ( above ). It’s bigger than P Diddys flat screen . Hell it’s even bigger than Simon Cowells belt buckle. It advertises HOPE  the latest offering from prolific writer and actor Scot Williams who first cut his teeth writing for the theatre at the tender age of 19 with ‘Growing Young’ at the Liverpool Playhouse. Since then he’s also notched up several film roles (He played Pete Best in Backbeat y’know ) and several award winning dramas including Liverpool One in which two of  Hopes co-stars Mark and Samantha (Scouse and Spouse) Womack also starred. But this heralds a first for Scot at the Royal Court having aired his previous works virtually next door at the Playhouse . I could tell though when I met him he knew exactly what he was doing and  just where he wanted to be ;

I liked what they were attempting at the Royal Court and what they’d done with the Theatre and I also think it’s audience are the right type for a play of this kind

Also delighted  to secure a cast of Mark Womack, Rene Zagger and Samantha Womack , having worked previously with all three he saw this as a bonus but when pressed noted one obvious Challenge :

They’re  my mates  and they’re just as experienced as me if not more and I have to tell them what to do but it’s all good

Of these mates, co-star and ex Bill actor Rene Zagger echoed Scots sentiments  and was enthusiastic about  working on the Liverpool stage .He had this to say to me  during a recorded interview ( with his kind permission);

Everybody involved in the production appeared  relaxed  and ready  for its Liverpool premier and equally eager to leave it’s audience satisfied . The play itself promises to be  dark , funny, intriguing with enough  suspense  to fill it’s Cowell Buckle sized poster. And having now seen it I  had to agree. Each of the performances were very well executed  The dialogue was quite intellectual at times  yet true  to each character and the verbal sparring between Norm ( Womack) and  Guy (Zagger) was akin to a modern day Laurel and Hardy , a running feature in the play  used almost as a score to set up each scene. For the short times that Hope appeared her impact was tenfold and it only exacerbated the intriguing elements of the story as you couldn’t help but be fixed on all the seductive charms of Samantha Womacks Character . Scot Williams natural delivery as Victor gave us some of  the funnier lines but the relationship between Norm and Guy was for me the meat in the sandwich . Complex , witty and  often brutal they kept the audience guessing  as to who would be affected  most at the end by Hopes secret .

Hope Runs from 6th March – 30th March

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2 responses to “Scouser Scot brings HOPE to a Liverpool audience .”

  1. jayhsea747 says :

    John, loved your recording of Rene Z, and I spoke to Christina only last week about using this interviewing method. Looking forward to seeing HOPE production tonight now(-;

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