Festival of Firsts: A week of theatre and New Writing

unnamed-25 July 2014


Tickets are £5 for each event

The Festival of Firsts will present a week of  innovative theatre each year and to showcase new writing.

  • This year’s theatre programme opens on Saturday 5 July with the talented Phoenix School of Dance and Drama showcasing three short plays with young actors directed by Jill Breckon.
  • Sunday 6 July will feature the finals of the Radio Script Competition when three short listed scripts will be performed and the audience will assist special guest Billy Butler to select the winning script.
  • Thursday 10 July, the play Rosa by Hyacinth Sweeney-Dixon will be premiered with Perri Alleyne-Hughes taking the part of the famous Rosa Parks who defied the race laws in the United States. This short play will be accompanied by a performance of Strange Fruit the BBC programme that reflects on the famous song performed by Billie Holiday.
  • Saturday 12 July Tim by Steve Regan based on the book by Colin and Wendy Parry describing how they tried to come to terms with the loss of their son Tim in the Warrington bombings – Carl Howard takes on the challenging job of portraying Colin Parry.
  • Back 2 Front Entertainment: Tuesday 8 July, two contrasting radio plays presented in partnership with Off Book Theatre, and on Friday 11 July, 13 Months in Mud, based on the First World War diaries of Robert Mackay and other sources.
  • Monday 7 July, it’s the turn of beautiful tenor, Johnny Kennedy to present his Simply Shakespeare show – a mix of songs and talk on the theme of Shakespeare.
  • Wednesday 9 July, Chris Barron brings us his Secret Readings – an evening  of new writing.

To buy tickets for all other festival events, go to: www.ticketswirral.com (T:0151 666 0000) or  visit the following shops: Hoylake: Acorn Picture Framing, HELP shop, Holiday Inn Express, Urbane;  West Kirby: Staacks; and New Brighton: Literally… a Bookshop


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