20 November-21 November
During the pandemic Unity has been offering support to local artists in each way that we can. We are delighted that our patron Andrew Lancel, a local artist himself, is kindly helping us to continue this support through the awareness and funds generated from this production of Swan Song.
The money raised from tickets and donations will aid more local artists opportunities, our CommUNITY Fund, new streaming hub and to our soon to be announced Spring 2021 season.
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★★★★ “A piece that is painstakingly crafted and superbly delivered” – North West End
Following its critically acclaimed sell-out premiere at Liverpool Theatre Festival in September, Swan Song, is a bittersweet, one-man comedy written by playwright Jonathan Harvey starring Unity Patron Andrew Lancel, directed by BAFTA award-winning director Noreen Kershaw and produced by Bill Elms.
Swan Song is a bittersweet, one-man comedy written by Jonathan Harvey and starring actor Andrew Lancel. The play is directed by BAFTA award-winning director Noreen Kershaw and produced by Bill Elms.
Set in Liverpool, it is Christmas 1997, the world is changing and in the staff room, Gay, forty-something, English teacher Dave Titswell finds that not all change is welcome. He has a crush, but life, love, and work are never straight forward for Dave. Will a school trip to The Lakes change things for the better, or make things decidedly worse? Swan Song will make audiences laugh, but equally pull at the heartstrings. Everyone knows someone like Dave – or could even be a Dave themselves.
About the company:
Unity Patron Andrew Lancel is no stranger to audiences. Well established on the national theatre scene, Andrew is also widely known for his television roles as DI Neil Manson in The Bill and super-villain Frank Foster in Coronation Street. He has twice played Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein on stage to great critical acclaim, first in Epstein – The Man Who Made The Beatles (also produced by Bill Elms) which premiered in Liverpool and went on to play London’s West End, as well as playing Epstein in the national tour of Cilla The Musical, Bill Kenwright’s stage adaptation of the TV series written by Jeff Pope.
Award-winning Jonathan Harvey’s credits include Gimme Gimme Gimme; Murder Most Horrid; Coronation Street; Call The Midwife; and Tracey Ullman’s Show. His plays include Beautiful Thing, Corrie, Canary, Hushabye Mountain, Babies, Boom Bang A Bang’ and Rupert Street Lonely Hearts Club. He also wrote the 2001 stage musical Closer to Heaven with the Pet Shop Boys and its sequel Muzik.
Noreen Kershaw’s directing credits include Our Girl, Moving On, Scott & Bailey, Emmerdale, Shameless, Heartbeat and Coronation Street. She is also known for acting in Life On Mars, Brookside, and Watching. Noreen also originated the title role of Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine at Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre.