A play based on the true story of one woman’s struggle through Nazi Germany will be brought to the stage in Liverpool, before heading across the Atlantic to New York
Man to Man, a Wales Millennium Centre production, visits the Everyman from 25th-28th October and features just one actor on stage for the duration of the play.
Performed by Maggie Bain, Man to Man tells the story of Ella Gericke. Sacrificing her own identity, Ella takes on the life of her recently deceased husband and is thrust into a masculine world of beer, schnapps and poker; a claustrophobic existence dominated by the fear of discovery and the changing face of authority in a volatile twentieth century Germany.
New writing is in the spotlight with the Everyman Company’s third production of the season. The Liverpool playwright Lizzie Nunnery’s latest play reflects the aspirations and concerns of families in the city. A powerful play with songs, The Sum is about finding the magic formula to the problems of life. The production runs at the Everyman from Saturday 5th to Saturday 20th May.
The Sum is set in Toxteth where a young mother, Eve, is struggling to make ends meet, constantly juggling the sums in her head that will keep her family fed and sheltered. Things take a turn for the worse when her husband Danny has a car accident and her own zero-hours contract goes on life support.
Jo Bywater has been away from her own walk of life for too long, the dedication to helping others achieve their own goals, whether through collaboration or intense work ethic has not been lost in the appreciation of the adopted Merseyside singer/songwriter but it has meant that the local area has missed with much inevitable sadness Ms. Bywater’s own insightful lyrics and contribution to the acoustic scene.
There is an air of laid back assurance that is mixed freely and without argument the declaration of studious musical intent that comes across with great attitude whenever Mark Pountney comes to the forefront of any stage in the city. The much travelled, both in physical journeys and the cerebral voyages, musician is a man to be enlightened by, to enjoy and take in to your heart, after all, not many musicians can claim the pedigree of country background whilst having walked the walk in the fiery pit of the genre in its own backyard.
The stage is always ready for musicians such as Herringbone John, the Blues come calling and the undisguised answer of the just and informed is always where and when and of course yes. The stage, no matter where, will give lofty inspiration and the eternal notion in the minds of those who witness such musicians, that they too can be true to themselves and hold a branch of cool slow groove to the next generation.
Like many young women before her in the Liverpool area, Maddie Stenberg has dreams, it shines in her eyes and shivers with anticipation in her voice as she prepares to hit the stage, the front of the room. It is an anticipation which is sincere and raw, one that cannot and should be contained. Like many young women, the confidence oozes out of her, not in way that would be noticeable at first, not at least till you hear her sing and then the teenage cool comes rushing out and the audience, timid at first, soon understands what beats in her heart.
Everyman & Playhouse Associate Director Nick Bagnall will direct his first play for the company this spring with a dark, contemporary telling of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Everyman. Mr. Bagnall’s previous interpretations of Shakespeare include Henry VITrilogy for Shakespeare’s Globe which also toured to battlefields around the country. The cast features Cynthia Erivo as Puck and Dean Nolan as Bottom, while Andrew Schofield returns to the Everyman stage for the first time in ten years. The production runs at the Hope Street venue from Saturday 21st March to Saturday 18th April.
To the outsider, to those who either come into Liverpool once every year for a stag or hen night or the chance to lose heavily at Aintree, Liverpool may well seem a city of contrasts, a place in which many have pre-conceived ideas of how its people act, play, work and enjoy life. However to be an outsider who embraces the city and the surrounding areas with every fibre of being, that’s when the city really shows its vibrancy and complete uniqueness.
There are those who find spending a Saturday night indoors and talking about whose turn it is to clean the bin of its watery disgusting insipid farage* that has congealed at the bottom of the plastic container, somehow an enlightening part of their evening. It is inconceivable but apparently to talk of farage is enough to make them giddy with delight. There truly are much better things to do in life than let farage dominate the conversation.
This Christmas the legendary Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto is back at its spiritual home – the Everyman – with more music, mayhem and water than ever before. Little Red Riding Hood: Howl Lotta Love is sure to be the most raucous party in town with something for all ages. Gasp at the incredible costumes, be dazzled by the all singing, all dancing cast and rock out with the live band and the best axe man this side of the Deep Dark Woods. Little Red Riding Hood is at the Hope Street venue from Saturday 29th November 2014 to Saturday 17th January 2015.