The 2018 Third Year Play 'Low Pay? Don't Pay!' by Dario Fo will take place in house at Liverpool Theatre School on 19th & 20th
We caught up with Derek Martin, Director of the play to find out how the students at LTS are getting on and what the play is about:
The play was written in Italy in the 1970s by Dario Fo but it's amazing how relevant it is today. We’ve updated many of the references but a play about people struggling to make ends meet is very pertinent to Austerity Britain.
Most of the characters are not the 'Just About Managing' that politicians talk about - they're not managing at all. They’re really struggling to pay bills and are genuinely threatened with homelessness.
But, having said that, the play is a very funny farce. Their desperation leads to desperate measures and that’s where the comedy comes from. There are crazy situations and - alongside the political satire - some extreme silliness.
The cast are superb and are working so hard. They are responding well to being pushed and challenged as actors. The standard of work at the Liverpool Theatre School is extremely high – I’ve been so impressed with what I’ve seen here – and we're working flat out to meet expectations.
Two friends from Aigburth are celebrating after landing dream roles in the UK tour of Cilla the Musical.
Alex Patmore (23) fought off tough competition for the part of Bobby Willis in the smash hit musical, while best friend Tim Lucas (23) landed the role of his brother, Kenny Willis.
The pair, who trained in musical theatre at Liverpool Theatre School, landed the roles after impressing Bill Kenwright and his team during the London auditions for the show. Alex and Tim, both former pupils at St Michael in the Hamlet Primary School and St Margaret’s Academy, have been best friends since childhood and they still live two doors away from each other in Aigburth.
Tim is thrilled to be playing Kenny Willis in the UK tour of Cilla the Musical alongside his good friend Alex. He said: “I feel so blessed and so grateful. It’s fantastic to get such a big part and it makes it even better that me and my best mate get to play brothers on stage.
“We’ve done so much together over the years from going to the same schools as kids, training in musical theatre at Liverpool Theatre School and even working at the same pub until we both landed parts in the UK tour of Cilla the Musical.”
Alex, who plays Bobby Willis, explained: “We both had our first audition for the show on the same day. I was originally auditioning for the role of Kenny, while Tim auditioned for Bobby but we were asked to swap parts. The director then invited us to read together and we obviously had great chemistry on stage but we didn’t tell them we were mates until the final audition with Bill Kenwright. “We both found out at exactly the same time that we’d be joining the cast. As we live just two doors away from each other, we both ran outside straight away and we were jumping up and down celebrating together.
This is our first big break since graduating from Liverpool Theatre School so it was like winning the lottery. I couldn’t be happier!”
Maxine Ellis, Principal at Liverpool Theatre School, said: “Alex and Tim have always been very talented performers with real potential. As students at Liverpool Theatre School, they were a lot of fun to be around but they always worked extremely hard.
“Celebrating the success of our graduates means so much to me and the rest of the staff at Liverpool Theatre School. We’re all absolutely thrilled for them both and I am delighted that their hard work and dedication has paid off. I know I will be brimming with pride when I watch them perform in Cilla the Musical.” Alex and Tim graduated from Liverpool Theatre School in 2015.
The Aigburth theatre school is only one of two places in the north west to offer students the highly regarded Trinity College London diploma in both professional musical theatre
and professional acting. The college has also been selected as one of a handful of training organisations in the country to offer The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation scholarship.
The UK tour of Cilla the Musical runs until 1st December and the show will be returning to Merseyside from 23rd - 27th October when it will be on at The Floral Pavilion in New Brighton.
Liverpool Theatre School is among the first to have been granted the rights to perform the musical, which made its West End debut last summer at The London Palladium starring Rufus Hound, Denise Welch and Gary Wilmot. The Wind in the Willows musical, is set to keep audiences captivated with comedy, adventure and thrills as performers tell the story of Toad’s daring escape to defend Toad Hall after he is imprisoned by the inhabitants of the Wild Wood. The family show also features exuberant choreography by Liverpool Theatre School graduate Graeme Pickering.
Maxine Ellis, Principal at Liverpool Theatre School, whose students have gone on to appear in hit shows from the West End to Broadway, said: “We are hugely excited to be among the first to put on this brand new musical adaptation of The Wind in the Willows. “The family show is set to be a wild theatrical adventure and audiences are in for a real treat as students bring this much loved classic tale to life. Rehearsals are in full swing and we are looking forward to putting on a fantastic performance.” The Wind in the Willows has been adapted into a musical by Oscar winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes with Olivier award winning composer and lyricist duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.
Liverpool Theatre School, based on Aigburth Road, is only one of two places in the north west to offer students the highly regarded Trinity College London diploma in both professional musical theatre and professional acting.
Watch the preview of The Wind in the Willows musical at https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=18&v=hZN0i--R2b0 .
Liverpool Theatre School is celebrating its 80th Anniversary with a trip down musical memory lane, featuring students past and present from both the College and Academy as well as the students from the recently acquired Studio 76 performing arts college.
Liverpool Theatre School has provided training in performing arts since 1939 and is delighted to be showcasing todays talent at such an incredible venue. This performance will include many of your musical favourites from stage and screen. Showcasing many elements of Musical Theatre and luring the public into the magical world of Performing Arts. Magic of the Musicals will surely be a show to remember and will take you on an adventure that shall never be forgotten.
The show will not only enable everyone to relive the magic of past performances but will also be held in memory of our Patron, Sir Ken Dodd- featuring numbers from the one and only Diddy Men and so much more!
Liverpool Theatre School’s 80th Birthday celebration will take place at The Auditorium at Echo Arena Liverpool, and proceeds will go to Garston Animal Rescue (registered charity 701001).
We are thrilled to announce that Liverpool Theatre School is taking over one of Merseyside’s top dance academies, Studio 76. As part of the acquisition, Liverpool Theatre School Principal, Maxine Ellis, will head up both training organisations.
Studio 76, based on the edge of Liverpool city centre, provides fully funded dance training for young people from the age of 14. Places are limited to just 20 performers every year and students are required to pass an audition to secure a place on the training college’s BTEC courses. Academic results are also taken into account as part of the application process.
Maxine Ellis, Principal, said: “I am absolutely delighted to be taking over the running of Studio 76, which has a fantastic reputation for its dance training. Studio 76 attracts guest teachers and choreographers from the West End, as well as some of the best London dance academies and I am looking forward to ensuring the continued success of both the college and its students.
“Bringing Studio 76 together with Liverpool Theatre School is really going to help improve opportunities for the young performers training in the city, allowing them to move seamlessly from the age of 14 right up to a professional level.”
Both Studio 76 and Liverpool Theatre School attract students from across the UK.
Find out more about Studio 76 at www.studio76.org.uk