Liverpool Everyman returns to live shows



Six aspiring young directors will reopen Liverpool’s Everyman theatre to live theatre as part of the Young Everyman Playhouse Directors’ Festival 2021.

Lorna McCoid, Mary Savage, Olive Pascha, Melissa Ratcliffe, Laurie Fahy and Jess Meade will direct six separate performances from May 31-June 12 in front of live audiences.

Opening the festival (May 31-June 1), Lorna McCoid will direct two of her own short plays: Icing Sugar, a dark comedy about a repressed 1950s housewife, her husband and a special cake. Her second piece, White Lilies, features a monologue from a prima ballerina with a promising future.

On June 2 and 3 audiences can watch Eggs, directed by Mary Savage, a story about “friendship, fertility and freaking out”. The production explores the ups and downs of relationships among modern women.

Bull, directed by Olive Pascha (June 4-5), is about the fine line between office politics and playground bullying as it follows three salespeople waiting to find out which has lost their job.

On June 7 and 8 Box Clever is directed by Melissa Ratcliffe. The show follows the life of a young, single Liverpool mum and her struggles in a women’s refuge.

All Over Lovely, directed by Laurie Fahy (June 9 and 10) is a deep examination of two estranged lovers who meet again at a funeral.

Closing the festival will be Build a Rocket (June 11-12), directed by Jess Meade, about Yasmin, a young woman who realises her potential and begins to use it...

YEP director Matt Rutter said: “This is a huge moment for Young Everyman Playhouse and our theatres. We can’t wait to get back in to the theatre to showcase the talent of Liverpool’s young theatre makers.”

Free tickets for the festival are available here