Fresh from recent regional success, raucous comedy The Ale House is back in the city where it was first brewed from 25 February until 19 March 2016.
Actors, Philip Olivier (Brookside, Benidorm) and Jake Abraham (Game of Thrones), who recently starred in a production of the show at St Helens Theatre Royal, have decided a second round is in order.
They have joined forces with the writers of Night Collar to co-direct their own site-specific version of The Ale House, at The Dome in Grand Central on Liverpool’s Renshaw Street.
It will be the first experience of directing for the duo. They are particularly excited to be directing for The Dome in Grand Central Hall, which they describe as “Liverpool’s hidden gem!”
Philip Olivier said: “The comedy has been really successful so far because it’s so true to life. It portrays life in a typical boozer with all the characters and shenanigans that go on.
“And of course it is what this talented bunch of actors have brought to the table, definitely the funniest show I have worked on. Jake and I have been given the opportunity to direct and we are grasping it with both hands!”
The Ale House gives the audience a glimpse inside a local drinking establishment and become familiar with the regular clientele.
Actress Lindzi Germain is behind the bar as the big hearted landlady Lucy, serving an eclectic mix of crazy characters. Olivier plays Yogi, your typical bragging looney tune and Abraham plays Trevor, a Tourettes-suffering war veteran with uncannily timed ticks.
“It’s the same old story that audiences know and love but with a few new twists,”Abraham explains.
“We’ve made a few changes to the choreography and lighting and we’ve added more musical numbers, as well as a fantastic studio set with a real working bar!”