Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse Theatre – Set & Costume Design
A NEW PLAY BY JOE WARD-MUNROW
I don’t remember why it happened but I remember that it happened and that it was good. And that’s enough. That’s enough, the memories, however fragile they are all we’ve got, all that bind us.
Somewhere between the past and the present there is a truth. But who remembers best? And who is right?
Held is a captivating, poignant and at times touchingly funny story of a mother and two sons and the weave and weft of family life when a member of the family becomes ill. Pauline Daniels is Mary the mother remembering the loves, joy and pain of her life, while Alan Stocks and Ged McKenna are her mismatched sons.
This debut play, by YEP Writers graduate, Joe Ward Munrow, received a rehearsed reading at Everyword 2011 and is now in full production in the Studio. Directed by Lorne Campbell.
Liverpool Playhouse Studio Design Prize
Winner Best Design 2012 Liverpool Daily Post Arts Awards
The intimate surroundings of the Playhouse Studio have been transformed once more, this time by designer Katie Scott. This seats have been pushed back and now surround the stage, giving it an almost catwalk feel. We’re drawn in and pulled close to the actors, our attention flitting from one side to another. Space is something that’s been carefully considered here. We at times feel agonisingly distant, only to be thrown uncomfortably close together moments later. The full impact of the set becomes apparent as the play unfolds, making it rather elegant in its simplicity.
Katie Scott’s beguiling design has an underwater feel; and Lorne Campbell’s jittery production puts you permanently on edge. Held introduces a talent worth holding on to.