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“Helen Forrester’s memoirs come to life! ★★★★

Liverpool Echo

“A tremendous and well produced play performed by a cast who give everything” ★★★★

Liverpool Sound and Vision

“Maria Lovelady’s performance as the young Helen Forrester, was a revelation… A clever and moving piece of theatre… A real hit!”

Cheshire Today

“Popular novel leaps from the page to the stage”

The Stage

The new stage play version of Helen Forrester’s Twopence to Cross the Mersey opened last week at Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre to rave reviews and standing ovations for performances so far and the producers have deemed the new format as being an instant success.  The new play will continue to run at the Epstein Theatre until 28th March before moving on to venues in SouthportSt Helens and New Brighton.

The reviews have reached as far and wide as Canada and to Helen Forrester’s son, Robert Bhatia. Robert sent all the cast a personal message on press night and is flying over to Liverpool especially to see the production. The author’s son will make a special visit to Liverpool on 24th March with his family to see his mother’s story retold on stage in this brand new production.

The show has an 8-strong ensemble cast of Emma Dears (Judy & LizaLes Miserables) as Mother, Christopher Jordan (Moving OnCoronation Street) as Father, Maria Lovelady as Helen and Daniel Stephen Davies as Alan, all of which make up the Forrester family. Eithne Browne (BrooksideBrick Up The Mersey Tunnel), Jake Abraham (Lock Stock and Two Smoking BarrelsGame of Thrones), Roy Carruthers (Night CollarTales from Haunted Liverpool) and Brian Dodd (Tony TeardropTreasured) all take on lead roles, as well as supplementary characters throughout.

The new version is being staged by Pulse Records Ltd in collaboration with producer and stage writer Rob Fennah and producer Bill Elms. They are joined by director Bob Eaton. The show will celebrate 21 years on stage, to the day, when they are at Southport Theatre on Thursday 9th April. 

Writer Rob Fennah said “Eithne Browne starred in the very first production of Twopence in 1994 at Liverpool Empire and it is so fitting that she is back starring in the play 21 years later to celebrate with us.

Helen Forrester’s Twopence to Cross the Mersey tells the true story of a young girl and her formerly wealthy family as they are suddenly thrown into poverty during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Leaving behind the nannies, servants and comfortable middle-class life in the South West of England, they uproot their shattered lives and choose Liverpool as the place to start again to rebuild their dreams and fortune. Unbeknown to them however, a terrible shock awaits them.

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Southport Theatre

Promenade, Southport, PR9 0DZ

Thu 9 April – Sat 11 April 2015

Eves: 7:30pm

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Tickets prices: From £15

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