Helen Forrester's By The Waters Of Liverpool is set to embark on a major tour in Spring 2020.
By The Waters Of Liverpool is a period drama set in the 1930s. The story opens in 1935. Helen Forrester is sixteen years old and fighting a bitter battle with her parents for the right to educate herself and go out to work.
During the Great Depression, Helen's father lost his fortune when the stock market and the family were suddenly thrown into poverty. Leaving behind the nannies, servants and comfortable middle-class life in the South West of England, the Forrester's chose Liverpool as the place to start over. They were in for a terrible shock. Taken out of school to care for her younger brothers and sisters while her parents struggled to re-build their shattered lives, Helen is treated as an unpaid slave and desperate to escape.
By 1939, now aged twenty and with Britain on the brink of war, she has never been kissed by a man. But things start looking up for Helen when she meets a tall strong seaman and falls in love.
The By The Waters Of Liverpool Tour follows a highly acclaimed run at the Liverpool Empire in 2018. The production follows the smash-hit success of Forrester's Twopence To Cross The Mersey and is being brought to audiences by the team behind both the musical and stage play versions of the award-winning true story.
Millions of people know Helen Forrester’s life story told through her best-selling volumes of autobiography, Twopence to Cross the Mersey, Liverpool Miss and By The Waters Of Liverpool.
By The Waters Of Liverpool Spring 2020 UK Tour will open on Tuesday 3 March at the New Brighton Floral Pavilion in Wirral – just a few miles from where Helen Forrester was born.
The stellar cast features star names from stage and screen, including Sian Reeves and Mark Moraghan.
Sian has recently been seen in living rooms across the country appearing in Coronation Street – the world’s longest-running TV soap opera. And she will be returning to the cobbles in late January as part of a key storyline.
The touring cast also features Parry Glasspool, Lucy Dixon, Eric Potts, Lynn Francis, Danny O’Brien, Roy Carruthers, and Chloe McDonald.
Writer and friend of Helen Forrester, Rob Fennah has written both the stage play versions of Twopence To Cross The Mersey and By The Waters Of Liverpool. The new touring production is again produced by Pulse Records Limited in association with Bill Elms, and is directed by Gareth Tudor Price.
BY THE WATERS OF LIVERPOOL UK TOUR 2020
3 – 8 March 2020
Floral Pavillion Brighton
10 – 12 March 2020
14 – 15 March 2020
17 – 21 March 2020
St Helens Theatre Royal
23 – 24 March 2020
Lancaster Grand Theatre
25 – 26 March 2020
6 – 7 April 2020
Grand Theatre Swansea
9 – 11 April 2020
14 – 15 April 2020
17 – 18 April 2020
Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne
23 – 25 April 2020
Gaiety Theatre, Isle Of Man
27 – 29 April 2020
Beck Theatre, Hayes
30 April – 2 May 2020
Theatre Royal Winchester
4 – 9 May 2020
Epstein Theatre, Liverpool
11 – 13 May 2020
Grand Theatre, Blackpool