Dave Kirby

Playwright

"Brick Up The Mersey Tunnels"

Author

"Here We Go Gathering Cups In May"

LFC poet

"Football Culture"

Seldom has a play captivated me enough to watch it twice

in three days - but this powerful piece of Liverpool social

history had me mesmerised. I attended the opening night

at Unity theatre with fellow writer Nicky Allt who was as

bowled over as me. Like myself, Nicky attended the

match at Heysel in 85 and totally connected with the full

range of emotions expressed by the four actors in the play

who perform with a mixture of passion, honesty, guilt,

and sensitivity - all delivered in a powerful voice and

authentic language that is idiomatic of the culture and

characters they inhabit. Both Nicky and I left the theatre

with the feeling that we'd just watched something special -

so special in fact that two days later I took my wife ( a

none football lover) and she was so impressed that she

also intends to watch it a second time. Under the direction

of Chris Darwin, John Dillon's excellent script captures the

essence and emotions of the time with a social document

that is both emotive and educational. In this Capital of

Culture year it was a welcome relief to actually enter a

theatre and watch a true piece of Liverpool culture, written

by a Liverpool writer, performed by Liverpool actors, directed

by a Liverpool director, with not one outsider or arty elitist

sticking their none creative fingers in the pie. A real triumph.

 

 

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T H E A T R E

Wearing

Dave Kirby

20th September 2008

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