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Hope graduates work on new Liver Birdsong musical

Liver Birdsong Friday 11 November 2016

A new musical set to premier in Liverpool next month has three Liverpool Hope University graduates working hard behind the scenes.

Liver Birdsong: The Liverpool Blitz Musical has been written and co-produced by Hope’s very own Professional Tutor in Business Tony Bradley.

The show commemorates the 75th anniversary of The Blitz and 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.

Musical Director Alan Moore, Costume Design Assistant Millie Swiderska and Stage Manager Amie Du Buisson Spargo all studied at Hope, before joining the production.  

Tony said: “As Writer/Producer for Liver Birdsong, it's wonderful for me to be working with such a talented team of creative professionals, and to have Hope graduates in our team has been particularly thrilling. 

“Alan is a quite remarkable Musical Director, for one so relatively young, building a splendid reputation in the North West already. Amie's involvement in the stage management team has been delightful, demonstrating her skill and level of commitment. While, Millie has been enormously helpful in connecting the show with NW Costumes, based at the Royal Court.”

The musical is set on the night of 28/29th 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.

Liver Birdsong is showing at The Epstein Theatre, Liverpool, from Tuesday 29th November to Saturday 3rd December. 

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