Merseyside Primary Schools tell history of the Playhouse

Three primary schools from across Merseyside will get the chance to follow in the famous footsteps of the likes of Michael Redgrave, Sir Ian McKellen and Kim Cattrall when they tread the boards of the Liverpool Playhouse on Wednesday 17 July. The children, aged between eight and ten-years-old, will tell the history of the Williamson Square venue in a production called The Girl in the Red Dress.

The schools who will be staging the play are St Christopher’s Catholic Primary in Speke, Stockbridge Village Primary in Huyton and Windsor Community Primary from Toxteth. All three have been preparing for the show since the start of the year with a week’s rehearsal on stage before the special one-off performance.

The Girl in the Red Dress has been created especially for the Everyman and Playhouse’s Primary Schools Showcase. The show is split into three parts, the opening scenes recount how building was once a lace workshop before the early years as the Star Theatre. The second act will tell the story of former general manager Maud Carpenter and the establishment of the repertory company that included Michael Redgrave. The final scenes bring the audience up to the present day and the Playhouse’s recent history, including the joining together of the Everyman and Playhouse theatres.

Through working with the Everyman and Playhouse over the last six months, the students involved have significantly developed their skills in performance, drama, and music to prepare them for the final showcase on the theatre’s main stage.

Everyman and Playhouse Education Manager Emma Whitley said: “After a year of hard work, it is fantastic to see the Primary Schools Showcase finally coming together. Throughout the academic year 65 children have experienced live theatre, workshops and visits from theatre makers to develop their appreciation of the arts, enhance their theatrical skills and build their confidence.

“The children and staff have worked tirelessly to bring The Girl in the Red Dress to life and we are delighted to provide the opportunity for the children to perform on a professional stage.”