Lantern Theatre Liverpool

What's on

9th and 10th August
- Aqueous Humour Weekender

Our funniest moments come when we surprise ourselves and we play without inhibition. A comedy performer is free to express themselves without inhibition and has the ability to play with the freedom of a child. Cast off those social inhibitions and open up your funny side by simply by having fun and enjoying yourself.

If we try and think of ideas, we are trapped in what we already know but if we attempt to discover something new as we play, we have the potential to be truly original as we explore.

Through a series of high energy games, exercises and improvisations, this workshop will introduce you to the playful performance and bouffon clown techniques Aqueous Humour have developed over 15 years creating and performing improvised street theatre. We will work as an ensemble, playing with group dynamics as a source for creative material. Much of the focus will be on performance communication and interacting with your audience.

This weekend workshop will be led by our Artist Director, Tom Hogan. Tom is an experienced performer, director and trainer. Over his career he has undertaken training with many of the greats including time at the Philippe Gaulier School in Paris and Spymonkey and has recently gained a Masters Degree in Theatre and Performance from The University of Manchester. Tom has tutored in Interactive Performance, Grotesque Clowning, Alternative Teaching Methods, Inclusive Arts Practice and Street Theatre at The Universities of – Manchester, Salford and Bolton as well as Hope and John Moore’s Universities in Liverpool and run various drama residencies and workshops for a wide range of clients including Contact, M6 Theatre, TIPP, Octagon Theatre, Oldham Theatre Workshop, Burnley Youth Theatre, Salford Youth Service, Bury MBC, Rochdale PCT & Bolton@Home and is presently Director’s Mentor on the RSC/Contact Openstages project. This series of workshops is the first time his workshops have been available direct to the public.

The course is for professional, non-professional and student performers and directors. It is suitable for all levels of clowning experience.

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26th - 29th August Matinee 29th August only
- Young and Suicidal

A dark comedy about two young strangers who meet on an internet chatroom. Their polarised existences united by one common interest.

Written and Directed by James Shaw

Young and Suicidal

The show is aimed at young people aged 13+. Please email jamma.s@icloud.com. for your free bookings, stating your organisation name, address and number of seats.
All young people MUST be accompanied by appropriate staff/parents so include this in your ticket allocation.

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30th August
- Shamona EP Launch

Shamona are a 3 piece band from Liverpool, aged between 18-19. They have just finished recording their brand new E.P. “Just Like You” in Parr Street Studios.

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Shamona pride themselves on performing as many live shows as possible, and as a result have played many famous venues in and around the Northwest such as the “Philharmonic hall” and the “Royal Iris” which has helped them build up a loyal fan base. They have opened for many national touring acts such as the Amy Wadge & Pete Riley Duo and Henry Priestman (of the Christians). In the past year they have also received plaudits from the likes of Dave McCabe (The Zutons) Nile Rogers (Chic) Garry Christian (The Christians) Tom Clarke (The Enemy) and Leighton Baines (EFC) and have also recently been championed by BBC Radio Merseyside’s Dave Monks.

https://www.facebook.com/ShamonaBand

@shamona95

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4th and 5th September
- Lovesong by Abi Morgan

Lovesong by Abi Morgan, is a haunting and beautiful tale of togetherness and love as a leap of faith; a meandering fusion of music, memory and movement, about how the optimism of youth becomes the wisdom of experience.

That is the story of our beginning. And this is the story of…the end”

Written by Abi Morgan and told from two different perspectives, an interlacing story of one couple unfolds. From young lovers in their 20s to worldly companions looking back on their lives, the optimism of youth becomes the wisdom of experience. Exploring the changeable nature of relationships, the little betrayals and the thoughtless chatter of friends, their past and present selves collide in this tale of togetherness. Love is a leap of faith.

Lovesong is a meandering fusion of music, memory and movement, inspired by the T.S. Eliot poem ‘The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock’.

“Let us go then, you and I,
When the evening is spread out against the sky…
Time for you and time for me,
And time yet for a hundred indecisions,
And for a hundred visions and revisions,
Before the taking of a toast and tea.”

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6th September
- Billy, The Monster and ME!

Join Billy on his adventure of a lifetime!

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Find out what happens when a monster appears in Billy’s bedroom on the very day that his family are just too busy to play.  Be part of Team Billy and help him to save his family from meeting a very sticky end!

 

This interactive show is suitable for family audiences of ages 3+

 

Winner of Audience Voted Best Production of 24:7 Festival 2013.

 

Written by Catherine Manford and Sarah Molyneux. Directed by Alyx Tole.

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11th and 12th September
- Broken Biscuits

A tale of two best friends whose friendship has spanned over 20 years until Rita’s son James took a fatal bullet in Afghanistan saving Maggie’s son Paul.

Rita and Maggie were more like sisters until this devastating tragedy shattered both their lives and their friendship, with emotions high things may be taking a turn for the worst.

Maggie is desperate to save the friendship but doesn’t realise Rita just wants to die. A packet of ginger nuts and a cuppa tea may not be enough to resolve this situation, can Maggie save the friendship and Rita.

Friendship, Love, laughter, sadness and hope are all at the centre of this touching story along with the devastating long term effects that war has on everyone not just those on the battlefield.

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19th and 20th September
- Shakers

Trap Door Theatre Productions Present..
Their professional production of ‘Shakers’ By John Godber and Jane Thornton.

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After their successful sell out tour of ‘Bouncers’ earlier this year, they now are hitting the stages of The North West again with another of Godber’s great comedies. Can you remember in the 1980′s when every town had its local trendy cocktail bar? Where everyone wanted to be seen, from the local check-out girls to the chinless wonders, from the yuppies to the local lads tittering at the thought of a `long comfortable screw’. We are given a wickedly funny glimpse of this world by the four long-suffering waitresses who work there. Rushed off their feet, underpaid and overworked, they try to smile and help the difficult customers whilst coping with their own personal problems. A fascinating and often hilarious view of the reality which lurks behind the plastic palms and the Pina Coladas. This production does contain Themes of an Adult Nature and Strong Language, Aged 15+

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24th September - 11th October
- United We Stand

Following the success of ‘The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists’ and ‘We Will Be Free! – The Tolpuddle Martyrs Story’, Townsend Productions presents UNITED WE STAND by Neil Gore, a powerful new play based on the true story of one of the most tumultuous industrial battles – the 1972 Builders’ Strike.

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In the 1960s and 70s the UK’s building companies were making millions re-building the country, but building workers faced the most dangerous working conditions and poorest wages of any trade. In the summer of ’72, for twelve weeks, 300,000 building workers launched their industry’s first national all-out strike to end cash “lump” wages and seek better pay by using the controversial tactic of ‘Flying Pickets’. The partial success of the strike, and the methods used, enraged the construction industry and government, and five months later culminated in the arrest of 24 builders in North Wales who were charged with offences including conspiracy to intimidate and affray. The “24” were prosecuted at Shrewsbury Crown Court in 1973 and three were jailed, including building workers Des Warren and Ricky Tomlinson.

Sharp and humorous, UNITED WE STAND tells the story behind the compelling dispute and dispels the myth, put about at the time, that the pickets were a criminally violent rather than ordinary working men seeking a better life for themselves and their fellow workers.

Combining Townsend Productions’ trademark small two-hander cast playing multiple roles, grand theatrical style and with popular and political songs about the strike arranged by renowned folk musician John Kirkpatrick, plus Ricky Tomlinson’s poems from his time in prison, the production aims to bring the full story of the compelling dispute to life in a powerful and thought-provoking new play.

The events surrounding the strike are still making headlines to this day, and forty two years on, the high-profile Shrewsbury 24 Campaign, led by picket turned actor, Ricky Tomlinson, is still seeking to overturn the unjust prosecution of the 24 building workers.

£5 tickets available for unwaged. Please call 01517030000 to reserve.

PRESS NIGHT 25th September followed by post show Q & A with Ricky Tomlinson

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30th October
- Arise Mystic Diva!

A divine feminine show, of music and dance.   A vaudeville explosion of Eastern dance, music and magic-   Be beguiled by a cast of  urban goddesses, entertaining you with a  multi-dimensional cabaret. Be enchanted as you venture into an all singing, all dancing,   all rocking, uplifting show that worships the divine feminine in all her […]

isishtarcolourA divine feminine show, of music and dance.

 

A vaudeville explosion of Eastern dance, music and magic-   Be beguiled by a cast of  urban goddesses, entertaining you with a  multi-dimensional cabaret.

Be enchanted as you venture into an all singing, all dancing,   all rocking, uplifting show that worships the divine feminine in all her forms.

 

About Club Orientation

Club Orientation has been running for ten years. It is a loose collective of all types of artists that believe in freedom of expression, audience participation and the healing and consciousness changing abilities of performance.

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31st October
- The Rise and Fall of a Northern Star

Sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll – Tracy Star wanted it all! The Rise and Fall of a Northern Star is the cautionary tale of a rock and roll wannabe. Written by Stella Grundy, former front woman of Manchester band Intastella, it offers a peculiar blend of comedy and tragedy interspersed with original music and rhythmic pacey dialogue.

Sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll – Tracy Star wanted it all! The Rise and Fall of a Northern Star is the cautionary tale of a rock and roll wannabe. Seeking to escape the drudgery of her day-to-day life in 1980s Manchester, she sought to make something of herself in the burgeoning male dominated Madchester music scene.

Tracy Star was ‘The Manc Madonna’ before life in the music industry took its toll. Written by Stella Grundy, former front woman of Manchester band Intastella, The Rise and Fall of a Northern Star, offers a peculiar blend of comedy and tragedy interspersed with original music and rhythmic pacey dialogue.

The script was developed from nine original songs which formed the basis of a concept album and offers a peak into the darker aspects of the music business.

The show has received brilliant feedback from audiences and critics, as well as receiving a Manchester Theatre Awards nomination for Best Fringe Production.

“Poetic, funny, and completely immersive The Rise and Fall of a Northern Star is an absolute triumph.” Joanna Ing, What’s On Stage

“In Tracy, Grundy creates a stunning and vibrant subject, who is loveable, funny and infuriating all a once… We may be witnessing the bitter-sweet tale of Tracy – but the real star here is Grundy – and from this performance you can’t imagine her falling from grace any time soon.” Lisa Grey, Manchester Evening News

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31st October and 1st November
- Frankenstein at the Bombed Out Church

‘Adenuf Productions have a reputation for creating daring and original theatre (Adolf in Toxteth, One Bad Thing – the murder of John Lennon, and The Tommy Cooper Christmas Special) and Frankenstein at The Bombed Out Church this Halloween promise to be their most spectacular production yet.

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Scary subject matter.  Suggested 12 years and upwards.

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21st and 22nd November
- Still III

Truant presents

Still Ill

by Billy Cowan

Still III

Ulster. The Troubles are over. Police stations are closing down. Sex shops are opening up. Tommy can’t believe all the changes, but then he bumps into Gary, his old friend and fellow fan of The Smiths. The two men start a dangerous affair that pulls Tommy back into a world of violence he hoped had disappeared.

A tragic love story between the ‘jumped up pantry boy’ and ‘the boy with the thorn in his side’.

Winner of Warehouse Theatre’s International Playwriting Award.
 “Hits home with a punch!”
(WhatsonStage for Truant’s Care Takers)

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6th December
- Henry Priestman

Henry’s Liverpool Philharmonic Hall gig in February (to launch his new album) sold out 3 months earlier, so be quick to snap up tickets for this, his first ever Lantern Christmas show.

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In 2009 Henry (who wrote all those hits for The Christians in the 80’s, and Yachts’ songs in the 70’s) reinvented himself as a singer-songwriter, and released his debut solo CD The Chronicles of Modern Life to critical acclaim. Now the new album “The Last Mad Surge of Youth” is reaping even more 4-star reviews.

“it’s absolutely brilliant…..he’s found his voice!” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

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The Lantern Team

Dedicated to the development and delivery of new talent, here at Lantern Theatre Liverpool. We are committed to bringing fresh ideas to our stage and to your attention.

Lantern Theatre Liverpool is an intimate, family run venue, nestled in the heart of Liverpool’s creative playground – The Baltic Triangle. A converted warehouse on the edge of Liverpool One, Lantern Theatre Liverpool emanates a bohemian contemporaneity that makes it the perfect location for unique, ground-breaking theatre.

Founded in 2009 by ‘tiny Giants Productions’, the theatre changed hands in September 2011 when mother and daughter combination, Margaret Connell and Siobhan Noble, stepped in to take the reins. With a vision centred upon the support of local artists – especially those looking for their first professional platform – a new era for Lantern Theatre Liverpool began.

Since then we have received fantastic feedback from both artists and public alike and are quickly becoming an established member of the Liverpool theatre scene. In partnership with Lantern Theatre Liverpool, in-house technician Peter Mitchelson, launched Shiny New Theatre Festival in July 2012, showcasing pre Edinburgh Fringe performances. Resident theatre company, New Leaf Theatre Ensemble, offer weekly acting training for adults of all ages and ability and we are currently developing a young writers programme. Watch this space

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Siobhan Noble

Siobhan Noble is co-owner and Marketing Manager at Lantern Theatre Liverpool. Siobhan’s entrepreneurial flair began in 2008 with the launch of vintage boutique, Tatties Vintage. With over 6,000 likes on Tatties Vintage business page, it was clear that Siobhan had found her niche in marketing. Combine this with having spent the majority of her childhood in rehearsal rooms with mum, Margaret, it is no surprise that Siobhan felt ready for the challenge that is Lantern Theatre Liverpool.

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Margaret Connell

Margaret Connell, co-owner and Artistic Director at Lantern Theatre Liverpool, began her career in theatre as a member of The Liverpool Playhouse Youth Arts Team. Margaret, who has a Masters in Applied Drama, has extensive experience both in higher education and in the industry. Margaret most enjoys the variety of performance and the opportunity to meet so many interesting and talented people working at a fringe venue affords.

Get involved

Education / Outreach

Through our Education/Outreach programme Lantern Theatre Liverpool (LTL) aims to; create opportunities for people to engage in participatory arts projects, engage and empower people and communities, create professional development opportunities for local artists, promote the value of diversity and inclusion and to maximize the value of project legacies.

School workshops
LTL provides drama based workshops for schools, pupils and teachers, delivered here or in your school at very competitive prices. Contact margaret@lanterntheatreliverpool.co.uk for details.

Summer Schools
please check back and follow us on facebook and twitter for further information.

New Leaf Theatre Ensemble
Always wanted to act? Weekly acting training for adults, all ages and levels of experience welcome. Led by Esther Dix, Actor/Director and LIPA graduate. Contact esther@estherdix.com for details.

Writer’s Forum
LTL aims to provide a base for young and aspiring writers, local to and studying in Liverpool. Contact info@lanterntheatreliverpool.co.uk for details.

Front of House Volunteers
We are always looking for friendly committed volunteers to support our front of house team. Contact info@lanterntheatreliverpool.co.uk for details.

Ambassador Scheme

Running since 2012, Lantern Theatre Ambassador Scheme gives those who are wishing to gain industry experience, just that. Successful ambassador candidates must commit to a three month scheme, offering 10 hours each week, with roles including Box Office, front of house, marketing and promotion, administration and venue preparation. In return for the commitment shown ambassadors will benefit from; free entry to performances, when performing box-office duties, discounted tickets to all performances. networking opportunities, skill development, CV enhancement and references for future jobs, plus, 10% off drinks at Lantern Theatre Bar. Ambassadors will also be given the opportunity to shadow a range of industry jobs including, writers, producers, directors, marketing, fundraising, arts admin, event organisation and administration. This will build a strong portfolio for successful ambassadors and set them on the path to professional employment.

Become an Ambassador
Potential Ambassador’s must supply, a current CV as well as a proposal in no more than 400 words outlining what they anticipate the role to be, what they would like to gain from the role, ways in which they would promote The Lantern and any additional skills that they may have. Email info@lanterntheatreliverpool.co.uk

Download the Ambassador PDF for more info

Support Us

I Get by with a Little Help from my Friends…

Become a friend of Lantern Theatre Liverpool today. LTL is dedicated to the delivery and development of ground breaking theatre; committed to bringing fresh talent to our stage and to your attention. However, with no public subsidy, we rely heavily on the support of our Friends and for as little as £4 a month, you too can get involved and begin to play your part…

Just like any true friendship, we promise our relationship will be mutually beneficial!

DOWNLOAD THE FRIENDS OF THE LANTERN PDF

Venue hire

The Lantern Theatre is an open plan, modular space that can be used for a variety of different events, theatre, music and comedy. It’s current configuration is for theatre but can easily be changed to suit the needs of your event. The size and shape of the venue gives a level of intimacy that audience members will love.

The performance space is roughly 6.5 x 6.5 meter with two sets of curtains at the rear of the space to enable crossovers. The lighting facilities in the theatre are limited due to the size of the space and are rigged at the front and sides only. Our technicians will also be on hand to make any slight adjustments, dependent on your needs. The space does have some height restriction and cannot support sets in excess of 2.45 meters, we therefore strongly advise that you view the venue before making a booking.

The back stage and dressing room area is relatively compact but can easily accommodate a cast of 10 – 15. The Lantern Theatre has a fully licensed bar serving drinks, snacks and ice cream before, during the interval and after the performances. The bar will be staffed at all times and also serves as the box office for members of the public who wish to purchase their tickets on the day of the performance. Audience members are advised to arrive 15 – 30 minutes before the event begins. The venue has a capacity 100 maximum. Staff and cast members are included in this and should, therefore, be factored in.

The configuration of seating that you currently see in the plan has the capacity for an audience of 73. An extra row of seats at the front would give a capacity of 85. For special events like music or comedy nights the seating can be moved to allow for tables and chairs and a small stage. There is also a goods lift which can be used to transport set/costumes, however it must be supervised by our staff at all times.

Bar hire

The recently renovated Lantern Theatre Bar is an inviting candlelit hub of creativity, where theatregoers can mingle with cast and creatives for post performance chats in an intimate setting. Reasonably priced drinks in a unique space only add to the character of this fringe venue. Turn off your Instagram filter; Lantern Theatre Bar has a natural glow of its own.

As well as for post theatre drinks LTL Bar is available to hire for private functions and lends itself to a variety of occasions. Be it birthday party, baby shower or a simple friendly get together, it is the perfect venue. Catering facilities are available as well as a range entertainment. Call today to discuss party packages.

Contact Us

01517 030 000

info@lanterntheatreliverpool.co.uk

Inside Out Arts CIC
Company Number 7750494
The Lantern Theatre
57 Blundell Street
Liverpool L1 0AJ