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Business tutor becomes stage producer with new wartime musical

blitz musical Friday 11 March 2016

Tony Bradley, Professional Tutor in Business, has written and will co-produce a musical which will be premiered in Liverpool this autumn to commemorate the 75th anniversary of The Blitz.

Liver Birdsong: The Liverpool Blitz Musical by Tony Bradley and Rebecca Myers, will be given its debut at the city’s Epstein Theatre in November to remember The Blitz, when Liverpool was bombarded by the German Luftwaffe during World War II.

The show follows Maggs, Carla, Daisy Mae and Lil from Kirkby Munitions Factory – as they battle not only the Nazis but also their own threats, fears and jealousies. The musical is set on the night of 28/29 November 1940, in the early phase of the Liverpool Blitz. The events of that night were, later, described by Winston Churchill as “the worst single (civilian) incident of the war”. It involved a direct hit by a parachute bomb on Durning Road Air Raid Shelter near Edge Lane which killed 180 people.

Tony lectures in social enterprise, innovation and entrepreneurship at Liverpool Hope Business School, and has also had a lifelong involvement in media, theatre, music and the arts. He was Development Director of Forward Vision Communications, a multi-media TV production company, for 10 years and later a producer/director with Sky. He is both co-producer and writer on this production.  

The show is also produced by Tony's composer daughter Rebecca Myers – their first joint venture into professional musical theatre. The musical has 18 brand new songs, with an all-professional company of actors and a live band.

Tony said: “Audiences will learn the story of our four Liver birds through drama, song, music and dance, showing the courageous and indomitable spirit of Liverpool people. Sadly these stories have faded and have largely been forgotten about on Merseyside. It reflects part of the untold story of Liverpool and its people – this is why Rebecca and I wanted to tell this really important, poignant story. As a Scouser myself, born and bred in Toxteth, I heard stories about the War when I was a youngster in the 1960s. And now Rebecca feels it’s time for her generation to also hear these lost stories and learn about the hundreds of lives who were affected by paying the ultimate price. Some Liver Birds fly, others fall, but everyone has a song to sing. We will remember them together.”

Liver Birdsong: The Liverpool Blitz Musical will run from Tuesday 29 November to Saturday 3 December.  

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