LJMU Drama Festival March 2007

Liverpool John Moores University Drama Department present

Theatre in the Makin 2007
A festival of new work for the theatre

At the Joe H Makin Centre, Pilgrim Street, Liverpool L1
12th-30th March 2007

Liverpool John Moores Drama Department are planning to take the arts world in the city by storm, creating a festival which marks Liverpool’s 800th Birthday in contemporary style with performances that will shock, exhilarate and inspire. From Vikings through to political cover ups, the festival will offer everybody a chance to taste the creative activity in preparation for Capital of Culture 2008.
Performed and directed by final year Drama students, we are offering you an opportunity to be involved in our artistic explorations and view ambitious, talented performers and theatre makers take to the stage in our extraordinary festival – Theatre in the Makin 2007.

Running along side our main festival we also have Recalcitrance – a mutiny of a festival including Drama, Performance Art, Exhibitions and Events in a number of venues.
Please see www.myspace.com/therecalcitance (ed. myspace says this account deleted) for dates, venues and times.

The Importance of Being Earnest Monday 12th March
By Oscar Wilde Tuesday 13th March
Directed by Rebecca Hillam


Tales of the Old North Friday 16th March
Written and Directed by Robert Bond Saturday 17th March

Getting Attention Tuesday 20th March
By Martin Crimp Wednesday 21st March
Directed by Joe Ward Munrow

Ted’s Dead Saturday 24th March
Written and Directed by Gemma Crossland Monday 26th March

The Lemon Princess Thursday 29th March
By Rachael McGill Friday 30th March
Directed by Chris Tomlinson

All shows will begin at 19:30 Tickets £4 £3 (concessions)
For more details: contact Claire White – mcacwhi2@livjm.ac.uk

The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People

Oscar Wilde meets Mary Poppins in this new version of an old classic.
An evening of slapstick, innuendo and downright hilarity where the familiar becomes strange. Complete with trampolines, quirky servants, musical interludes and Algernon making a triumphant entrance on a piano.

Tales of the Old North : Come with me my friends back to old North and I shall tell you a tale the like of which you have never heard!

Tales of the Old North is saga from long ago. You will travel across a fantastic world filled with Viking pirates, wicked Kings and strange creatures. Your guide will be Hrothgar the master story-teller to the Norse gods. He will tell you the story of the last great hero and ask you where have all the heroes gone now?

Getting Attention:

As Martin Crimp’s Attempts on Her Life is revived for the National Theatre, this is the first opportunity to see his work in Liverpool and should not be missed.
A young couple, Carol and Nick, live with her four-year old child, Sharon, on a council estate. When Nick and Sharon quarrel, the neighbours listen in. When Nick and Carol have sex, the neighbours listen in. But when Nick and Carol abuse Sharon, no-one notices.
A deeply troubling play which touches many of the anxieties felt in our lives today.

Ted’s Dead: Can we learn from people who, at first, we may not be willing to listen to?

Maurice cries at The Secret Garden. Bernie has developed a deep-seated fear of ready brek. Jessica won’t take any lip from any wanker with a pumped up ego and a shitty Chevrolet. Ophelia wears extravagant pants to work but no-one has ever seen her in them. Beatrice likes thunderstorms. Daphne keeps a picture of a hamster in a cage by her bed. They live in the same block of flats but haven’t taken the time to get to know each other. Until their landlady is discovered dead.
A new comedy with gun shots, sex, mud wrestling, fighting and a bit of nudity.

The Lemon Princess
The story of a very British family, and a very British political cover up
“Mad cow disease, Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy. I mean who thinks these names up? I prefer Mad Cow, at least you can still say it when you’re pissed. Me daughter says you can get it from mechanically recovered meat products. I asked if that meant the RAC scraping up roadkill and selling it on.” Despite their bickering stage double act on the Leeds pub circuit, Mike and his seventeen year old daughter Becky are tight. She pretends not to laugh at his jokes, he pretends not to encourage her singing career, they nick each other’s fags and moan about their non-existent love lives. Then Becky’s behaviour starts to become very unusual.
Following on from its premiere in 2005 at West Yorkshire Playhouse, this is the play’s first performance in Liverpool