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Dodgy DVDs, gammy guts, a sing song round the juke box and good old fashioned fisticuffs – It’s just a typical afternoon at the Ale House!
From the writers of Night Collar, Ale House comes to The Dome on Renshaw Street for a four week run from Thursday, February 25th to Saturday, March 19th and gives the audience a glimpse inside a local drinking establishment and the regulars which frequent it.
During it’s run Global Scouse Day takes place (Feb 28th) and lets be honest we all love a pint with a bowl of scouse! We sent Ben Osu to meet the cast at The Dome to find out more and get their memories of eating Liverpool’s favourite dish – but can he get Lindzi’s Nan’s famous recipe from her?
It’s the final countdown to the opening of the raucous comedy play Ale House and there’s just two weeks to go to get your tickets to the funniest comedy in town – so make sure you don’t miss last orders!
Talented actress Lindzi Germain is back behind the bar as the big hearted landlady Lucy, serving an eclectic mix of crazy characters. Meet Yogi (Philip Olivier), your typical bragging looney tune and Trevor (Jake Abraham) a Tourettes suffering war veteran with uncannily timed ticks.
Throw in Kick Off played by George Wilson, a punch drunk bruiser, Robbo played by James McMartin with the hangover from hell and dodgy guts, Les O’Dochartaigh as Father Flaherty, Bernie Foley as Mary and Nelly and Kivan Dene as Hawker and Les, not to mention pint guzzling old Joe played by Nick Birkinshaw and you have a comedy mix of crazy characters you may find familiar from your local pub.
This popular play recently went down a storm in St Helens Theatre Royal – so much so, that when it finished, two members of the cast decided to go back for last orders!!
Actors, Philip Olivier and Jake Abraham, joined forces with writers Furlong & Powers to form their own production company Bear Ass Productions Ltd and as their first project, will be co-directing their own brand new version of Ale House.
Speaking at the press launch, the pair explained how they have developed the play keeping all the bits people know and love, but adding more light and shade to the storyline and characters.
Philip Olivier said: “The comedy has been really successful so far because it’s so true to life. It portrays life in a typical boozer with all the characters and shenanigans that go on. The audience can identify with the characters and are always saying ‘I know people like that in my pub!’”
“We’ve just updated it and brought it into the 21st century,” he revealed. “We’ve added more emotion including a love story between two lost and lonely souls.”
“It’s a little darker in places too,” added Jake. “One of the characters has become quite sinister… We’ve been working with Liverpool College creating prosthetics for the characters to make them more real. And we have added more musical numbers.”
Liverpool indie rock band Space have written a piece of music to open the show and local band The Stamp will be playing live afterwards.
“There will be a late bar so we want people to make a whole night of it,” said Jake. “And we’re hoping to transform a new generation of people who wouldn’t normally spend a night at the theatre, into regular theatregoers!”
It will be the first experience of directing for the duo who are certainly not strangers to the stage or screen. Philip and Jake have many years’ acting experience between them with Phillip having starred in TV shows Brookside and Benidorm and Jake appearing in Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, to name but a few of their performances.
And they are very excited to be directing their first site specific play at The Dome which they describe as “Liverpool’s hidden gem!”
The Grade II listed building on Renshaw Street has had many uses including a Methodist Church, cinema, home of the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Barcelona bar. The building is blessed with Victorian grandeur and is now home to the alternative retail haven known as Quiggins, as well as serving as a multi-purpose performance space.
So set a date for a night at the Ale House. The comedy is set on New Year’s Day, the day after the night before and the shenanigans that follow will have you crying with laughter. Combined with a touching narrative and music that with have you dancing in the aisles, this is face-achingly funny show is not to be missed!
Tickets are priced £20 with 241 mid-week offers and are on sale from Ticketquarter. Call the box office on 0844 8000 410 or visit www.ticketquarter.co.uk
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