The Bells

The Bells

Thu 23 - Sat 25 January 2014

The Bells

A mountain village with a terrible secret at its heart. Isolated by the worst snows for 20 years, villagers remember that earlier storm and the mysterious disappearance of a foreign merchant.

A rare chance to see a brilliant adaptation of the classic Victorian melodrama.

By Leopold Lewis I Adapted by Deborah McAndrew
Original live music by Sarah LlewellynHome Grown

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Henry Irving became a household name in Victorian England after the popularity of The Bells made him a star. He gave over 800 performances right up to two days before his death in 1905! One hundred years later, Deborah McAndrew’s fresh re-working of the piece was commissioned by the Northern Broadsides Company and toured to critical acclaim. 
 
Mike McCormack now takes on the lead role with new music by Sarah Llewellyn and performed live by the company. Mike trained at Central School and has acted and directed professionally in theatre for over 30 years. He is also an award-winning radio actor and has been a Senior Lecturer in Drama at LJMU since 2001. Sarah is one of the UK’s leading young composers whose work has been heard in film, theatre and circus. She works throughout the UK and abroad, and now returns to Liverpool, the city of her youth.
 
Mike said: “I’ve wanted to do The Bells for years but couldn’t see how the Victorian script would work today. Then I came across Deborah’s brilliant adaptation and that was it. There’s comedy, music, drama and the script rattles along. When I approached Graeme Phillips at the Unity, he said ‘It’ll make a great mid-winter chiller’ and he’s absolutely right. We’ve got a terrific company of actors and musicians, Sarah’s exciting music and the play is as fresh as ever.”
 
Hazard Theatre was set up in 1990, touring new work to many parts of the world, funded by the British Council.

 

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Prices: £10 I £8 conc
Times: 8pm
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