Everyman Looking for Your Memories to form Part of Spectacular Finale Before Redevelopment

With the public funding for the redevelopment of the Everyman now in place, the curtain will come down on the first act of the iconic former chapel on Hope Street on Saturday 2 July following the sell-out run of Macbeth. As part of creating a fitting finale for the current building, the theatre would like to hear your treasured memories of the iconic theatre to turn into a sound installation for visitors to experience on the final day. 

You may want to record your first memory of going to the Everyman, that visit may even have been your first visit to any theatre? Perhaps you met your future partner at the theatre or attended the youth theatre? You may remember the first ever production at the theatre in 1964 or seeing the stars of the future tread the famous boards throughout the theatre’s history? Or you may just enjoy the exciting plays that have been performed, from The Warp to Macbeth. If you have a story to tell about the Everyman, the theatre wants to hear from you. 

new-everyman-sketchThe Everyman are working with Slung Low, with whom they collaborated on last year’s Anthology of seven stories performed on and around Hope Street, to celebrate this much-loved Liverpool landmark. Their expertise will be used to create a series of installations around the building, some in places the public never usually get to see. 
Once the memories have been collated visitors will be able to experience the installation between 2pm and 6pm on Saturday 2 July as the theatre opens to the public to share each others’ experiences and explore the building before the redevelopment.

There are a variety of ways you can contribute and record your memories for this one-off project. There will be drop-in sessions every Friday from 3pm – 6pm until 24 June or you can leave your message on the Everyman’s facebook page, facebook.com/LivEveryPlay 

or email everymemory@everymanplayhouse.com with your written memory or sound file.

Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse together make up a single engine for creative excellence, artistic adventure and audience involvement. In recent years the theatres have been on a remarkable journey, described as “a theatrical renaissance on Merseyside” (Observer).

Slung Low is a company specialising in new work, working with teams of artists and collaborators collected from diverse creative backgrounds including prose, movement, video, sound and theatre. At the core of the company’s work is the intention to use all the technology and resources available to a 21st Century artist to achieve that oldest of artistic aims – a good story well told.

In 2011 the Everyman will begin a £28m redevelopment to replace a tumbledown former chapel with a vibrant creative hub fit for the 21st century. The new Everyman will be a celebratory, inclusive and very green building designed by multiple-award-winning theatre architects Haworth Tompkins. Further information about the Everyman redevelopment can be found at everymanplayhouse.com

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