Cunard Building: Subterranean Theatre: The Maurie

unnamed2 – 13 June 2015 

7:30pm (Saturday Matinees 2pm)

£15/£10 – Tickets available from Philharmonic Hall  / 0151 709 3789

Subterranean Theatre: The Maurie, a new play written by Mike Morris, Co-Director of Liverpool’s popular literature and culture organisation; Writing on Wall, is an immersive and engaging piece of theatre which will be performed in the magnificent Cunard building on the waterfront of the River Mersey.

The play will be part of the celebrations of One Magnificent City when Liverpool will see the three Queen ships reunited on the River Mersey to celebrate The Cunard’s 175th anniversary.

The Maurie has been adapted from a 1920s short story of the same name, written by a re-discovered Merchant Seaman, and activist George Garrett, the subject of an extensive and successful Heritage Lottery Fund Project.

George Garrett (1896-1966), a Liverpool born Merchant Seaman, travelled the world and wrote a series of short stories, stage plays and documentary reports about poverty and struggle in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Garrett showed George Orwell around Liverpool when Orwell was researching his seminal work on unemployment in the 1930’s, The Road To Wigan Pier.

Subterranean Theatre: The Maurie will delve into the underbelly of the mighty ‘Scouse Boat’; The Mauretania (Sister of The Lusitania), and immerse the audience into the lives and conflicts of those who worked below the decks in the ship’s stokehold.

The piece of theatre will be staged in Grade 2 listed Cunard Building on the waterfront of Liverpool and will offer the audience a chance to tour the rooms as the play leads them through the lives of those who powered the mighty ships, glimpsing into the preserved basements of the building which echo the stokeholds of the ships that first crossed the Atlantic Ocean.

The play is directed by Carl Cockram (The Quiet little Englishman, Waiting for Brando), and features popular Liverpool actors Paul Duckworth (Backbeat, 1994; (Reds & Blues: The Ballad of Dixie & Kenny, 2010), Joe Shipman, Nick Birkenshaw, Graham Hicks and Ben Worth.

Cunard Building, Water Street, L3 1QB

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