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21 Nov 2014 to 17 JaN 2015

Welcome to this performance of L I V E R P O O L

sex and the suburbs

Special Measures is exciting for us on a number of levels.

by fred LawLess directed by

howard Gray

GoiNG where sNowmaN has GoNe before

Kevin Fearon Chief Executive

0870 787 1866

A Message from Claire This is the first show that I’ve ever written and I’m thankful and honoured to be launching it here at the Royal Court. It’s been more than two years of hard work with my co-writer Mandy Muden and I feel blessed to have had such a wonderful team involved. Ken Alexander, the Director, has nursed us through all of this year to get it onto the stage. He has done a wonderful job. Special thanks must go to Carl Patrick who has been involved and added wonderful input into the show from the beginning of the year and of course Lindzi who stepped in so brilliantly to replace Mandy when she fell ill. We’ve got a great backstage team as well who have all been great. One final thank you has to go to Kevin Fearon and Jamie Wilson, our producers, for believing in us all this time. I can’t not mention my family and friends and all of my dodgy dates who have given me all of the material for the show! Hope you enjoy it!

An Introduction to Royal Court Liverpool Trust Welcome back to the Royal Court. If you have not been here since we renovated the theatre, we hope you like it! We have the Heritage Lottery Fund to thank for enabling us to spend £1.2 million to renovate the auditorium and make it more comfortable for you to enjoy. We have now finished Act 1 of our £11.9 million production to transform the theatre. Now we need to concentrate our efforts to raise funds to begin Act 2.

Act 2 The Entrance £3 million Act 3 Internal Improvements £2.3 million Act 4 Finale £5.5 million We are extremely grateful for all the support you have given us so far. £1 from every ticket you buy to see a show here goes towards the capital campaign. You have helped us to raise over £200,000 to date which is fantastic.

There are more ways you can help us if you are able to.

You can: Adopt A Seat

in the Grand Circle £250

Join the Corporate Club From £1000

Join The Club From £35

Sponsor A Show Get in touch

Sponsor A Flybar From £500

You can find out more about the Trust at and you can follow us on Twitter and Facebook too. Thanks again for your support and we hope you enjoy the show and the building!

Gillian Miller Chief Executive, Founder Royal Court Liverpool Trust

Royal Court Liverpool Trust Adopt a Seat The Royal Court Theatre Liverpool has an £11.9m plan to renovate the magnificent grade II listed theatre for future generations and

to improve access and comfort for current audiences. You can help us to renovate the theatre in Act 2 by adopting a seat in the Royal Court.

You may want to adopt a seat to:

When you adopt a seat, you will:

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Acknowledge a special date or other occasion Dedicate in memoriam to a friend, colleague or family member Be a part of the renovation Raise awareness of your community group or business To leave a legacy

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Have your name and message on a seat for 10 years Be acknowledged on the Royal Court Trust website and plasma screens in the auditorium Receive priority booking opportunities for shows at the Royal Court

Thank you to those who have already adopted a seat! Alan and Julia Bleasdale Andrew Beeston Anfield Infant School Archbishop Blanch C.E Voluntary Aided High School Bryan and Lillias Miller Dame Heather Beattie Denise Cosgrove Elaine Taylor Evertaut Seating Fred Lawless Geni-i Creations Gillian Miller & Kevin Fearon Graham Gavin Heather Hoy Her Honour Elizabeth Steel DL Heritage Lottery Fund Joanna Hargreaves

Elizabeth Kenworthy Ken & Fiona Miller Ken Dodd OBE & Anne Jones LIPA Liverpool Society of Chartered Accountants Lousie Ellman MP Mark Featherstone-Witty Martyn Best Medicash Modero Limited Mr J.D Mitchell Esq. Nicholas & Sheena Barber Nobles Construction Ltd Paul Day Raeanne Miller Rice Lane Infant & Nursery School Richard McCullagh

Robb Miller & Ryan Carey Robert Nadler Stacey Lavery & Eddie Smithwick Sue & Jurgen Fenney The Earl of Derby West Derby Boys School Sir Richard Stilgoe Dame Judi Dench CH, DBE Andrew Pearce Alison Steadman Ann Jones Elizabeth Kenworthy John Entwistle Sylvia Lewis Andrew Pearce

Royal Court Liverpool Trust Community & Education Royal Court Variety Lunch Club Provides high quality, accessible, daytime activities for people aged 60+. Ticket prices are subsidised with support from HLF, trust funds and foundations and Liverpool City Council. Since these events began in 2010 over 7000 people have taken part in activities and related workshop events. Access All Areas Provides opportunities for young people and schools to perform on stage and work with the professional technical team from the theatre. Over 250 young people have taken part and over 1200 young people have watched Access All Area performances since the project began. Tours & Talks The Royal Court is a unique resource for the local community with a rich history and heritage. The Trust runs heritage tours on a regular basis for groups and individuals. Full details of tours can be found on the website. Open Forum All of the Trust’s Community & Education programmes are developed in consultation with young people, community partners, funders and other key stakeholders. If you would like to be part of our Open Forum events, please contact us at

Royal Court Youth Theatre supporting and nurturing the next generation of Liverpool Talent The Trust started the first Royal Court Youth Theatre, which is open to all young people 11–25, in January 2011. There are weekly workshops in all aspects of musical theatre as well as opportunities to learn from the professionals who work in the theatre, both technical staff and actors, writers and directors. The Youth Theatre has been free to join from it’s formation. For further information about the Youth Theatre visit or call 0151 702 5892. Royal Court Community Choir The Royal Court Trust invites you to take part in our Community Choir. Sessions are open to everyone aged 14+ so bring along the whole family! Choir sessions are FREE to attend and open to all abilities. Come along, have a laugh, make new friends and enjoy yourself. If you are interested in coming along, just turn up to a session and if you need more information, contact education@

Royal Court Liverpool Youth Theatre

Royal Court Liverpool Trust Supporters We would like to thank the following for their continuing support:

The Zochonis Charitable Trust

Hemby Trust

Ravensdale Charitable Trust

Cast Willow Wallace

Claire Sweeney

Penny Crowe

Lindzi Germain

Rory Reynolds

Carl Patrick

Company Director

Ken Alexander

Musical Director

Howard Gray


Mark Walters

Lighting Designer

Ian Scott

Sound Designer

Kate Harvey

Wardrobe Supervisor

Marie Jones

Production Manager

Dave Gordon

Stage Manager Assistant Stage Manager

Lizzie O’Sullivan Katy Long

Chief Electrician

Jamie Haining

Sound Operator

Matthew Weeks

Thanks Mark Melia Ann Summers

Cast CLAIRE SWEENEY Willow Wallace

show Tell Me On A Sunday. Other theatre credits include White Christmas, Shout!, Fosse - The World Tour and The Play Wot I Wrote. She has also performed duets with International Opera stars Bryn Terfel and Jose Carreras at The Royal Albert Hall.

Claire has worked as the Forces Sweetheart, entertaining British Troops Claire Sweeney trained abroad and was the first entertainer to visit at the Eliot Clark Stage the troops in Afghanistan and Oman. She School in Liverpool and the Italia Conti was delighted and honoured to perform Stage School in London. Her highly at A Party to Remember broadcast live on acclaimed work has included playing the BBC1 from Trafalgar Square in celebration regular character of ‘Lindsey Corkhill’ in of VE Day and sang live at The Royal Albert Brookside, the fiery character ‘Katrina’ in Hall for VE Day Live on the BBC. She also the award winning drama Clocking Off, ‘Roz’ mesmerised TV audiences at The Festival in BBC1’s hit drama Merseybeat and the of Commemoration in Horse Guards character of ‘Amanda’ in BBC1’s comedy Parade, performing live to celebrate the drama Candy Cabs. 60th anniversary of the end of World War II in the presence of HM the Queen. As a television presenter, Claire authored the one-hour ITV primetime documentary Claire’s solo album simply entitled ‘Claire’ Claire Sweeney: My Big Fat Diet. She (Telstar) featured in the top 5 of the UK presented four series of 60 Minute Makecharts. She featured on the album Give Me over (ITV1) and hosted Saturday night a Smile; a compilation of songs with the shows Here Comes the Sun (BBC1) and legendary composer and conductor Carl Challenge of a Lifetime (ITV1). Claire Davis. In 2010 Claire performed in a series presented three live specials of I’m Famous concerts with Carl entitled Battle of Britain and Frightened for Living TV. She appeared 70th Anniversary with three of the country’s in the first and most successful series of finest orchestras. Channel 4’s Celebrity Big Brother, as a panellist on Loose Women, Strictly Come Claire has been the face of Marks & Dancing and Celebrity Come Dine with Me. Spencer and an Ambassador for Fashion Claire has also enjoyed taking part in The World, designing her own range for their Royal Variety Show and BBC1’s primetime Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter Saturday night series Let’s Dance for collections. Comic Relief in which she made it through Claire is always in demand to host and/ to the final. or perform at various Awards ceremonies Claire’s West End roles include ‘Roxie and has previously hosted The Royal Hart’ in Chicago and ‘Miss Adelaide’ Television Society Awards, The Variety Club opposite Patrick Swayze in the award Show Business Awards, The Breathing Life winning production of Guys and Dolls. Awards for Channel 5 and the S&S Award Claire played the title role in Educating at the St James Theatre in London. Rita alongside Matthew Kelly and prior to Most recently Claire starred opposite John that played ‘Paulette’ in a UK Tour of the Thomson in the UK tour of John Godber’s award-winning Legally Blonde. In 2011, she starred in a new production of Andrew September in the Rain and as The Ice Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s one-woman Queen in Santa Claus the Musical at the Pavilion Theatres, Worthing.

LINDZI GERMAIN Penny Crowe A native of Liverpool, Lindzi’s career began at an early age at the Everyman Youth Theatre. She then went on to study here in Liverpool. Lindzi is a very well established cabaret entertainer singing everywhere from your local to the Philharmonic Hall for the Duchess of Kent. In 2004 Lindzi won Merseyside’s funniest woman for standup comedy and has appeared on Radio 1, BBC Les’s Liverpool and has opened the Liverpool Comedy Festival here at the Court! Lindzi is one of the Royal Court’s regulars, the theatre is becoming like a home from home! Theatre includes: Night Collar, Council Depot Blues, Lost Soul, A Midsummer’s Nights Dream, Two Pence To Cross The Mersey, Ale House, The Entertainer, Bon Voyage, Berserker Boys, Virgin Express, Beauty and The Beast, Merry Ding Dong, A Fistful Of Collars, Her Benny, The King and I, King Lear, Scouse Pacific, Our Bessie playing Bessie Braddock, Little Scouse on the Prairie, Reds And Blues - The Musical and A Nightmare On Lime St. TV Credits include: Above Suspicion by Lynda le Plante (ITV), Les’s Liverpool (BBC), Bodies II (ITV), Common as Muck (ITV), Emmerdale (Yorkshire), Prime Suspect (ITV), and The Barrymore Show (ITV). Lindzi also plays “Gwladys” in Dave Kirby’s 15 Minutes That Shook The World, Gwladys in Reds Ands Blues: The Ballad Of Dixie And Kenny and Tamla Rose in a Liverpool based Motown film, Adam, a short film with Dave Hart and Ged Hunter.

Lindzi has also worked in panto for Pele Productions in Cinderella (Lowry Theatre, Theatre Royal), Peter Pan (Lowry Theatre), Snow White (Neptune Theatre), Robin Hood (Guild Theatre). Lindzi has also just played a WAG in the new England song England 7th Best Team In The World. Lindzi also co-owns Totally U Dance & Drama School in Netherley.

CARL PATRICK Rory Reynolds I trained at GSA, and since leaving I have enjoyed a very successful career. I have appeared in many commercials both in the UK and abroad including campaigns for Sony Playstation, Duracell, McCain Oven Chips and The Co-Op. I have over the last 10 years collaborated on many projects with Fevered Sleep and enjoyed that immensely. I have also had a varied theatre and film career and some of my favourite jobs include: London Road (a film directed by Rufus Norris), Present Laughter (PFT), TWO (PFT), Chorus of Disapproval (PFT), Liar Liar (Unicorn Theatre), Of Mice And Men (Watermill Theatre Newbury), And The Rain Falls Down (Tour/Young Vic, Fevered Sleep), Fulll Firearms (A Film By Emily Wardill), Guys And Dolls (Kilworth House Theatre), All The Fun Of The Fair (No 1 Tour), Sunshine On Leith (Dundee Repertory), Spend Spend Spend (Jeremy Sams), Half A Sixpence (Wyp).

Company KEN ALEXANDER DIRECTOR Ken Alexander was appointed as the Royal Court Theatre’s first Artistic Director earlier this year and Sons Of The Desert is his second production, the first being Ladies Day back in June. His recent work includes the premiere of Clinton The Musical (King’s Head Theatre, London), Hormonal Housewives (National Tour starring Toyah Willcox, Julie Coombe and Sarah Jane Buckley) and Two (Pitlochry Festival Theatre). Other work includes Dr Angelus and the premiere of Whisky Galore – A Musical! (nominated as ‘Best Director’ in the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland - Pitlochry Festival Theatre), tours of The Odd Couple, Parking Lot In Pittsburgh, Tally’s Blood, Ae Fond Kiss, and Bondagers. Ken also directed the premiere of Follow (Finborough Theatre, London), Lucky Numbers starring Sheila Reid and Michael Starke, and Dirty Dusting (Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool), Outlying Islands, Passing Places, Noises Off, Bus Stop and Stepping Out (Pitlochry Festival Theatre). He has been Artistic Director at the Byre Theatre, St Andrews and at Perth Repertory Theatre, where his work included the Scottish premieres of Into The Woods, A Passionate Woman, Master Class and The Secret Garden, new productions of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Oliver! (nominated for ‘Best Ensemble’ CATS Awards), Educating Rita, The Glass Menagerie, Our Day Out, Romeo And Juliet, Macbeth, Shirley Valentine, Mary Queen Of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off, the premiere of A Sense Of Justice starring Rula Lenska and Nicholas Bailey, and the Scottish premieres of Little Shop Of Horrors and Peace Child (Winner of the DK Thomson Award for Services to the Community).

Recent productions include The Steamie (Pitlochry Festival Theatre) The Hitchhiker’s Guide To Fazakerley by Fred Lawless (Royal Court Theatre) and Snow White with Craig Revel Horwood and Lisa Reilly (Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea).

HOWARD GRAY MUSICAL DIRECTOR For the Royal Court, Howard has been the Musical Director of Our Day Out - The Musical, Brick Up The Mersey Tunnels for all five outings, as well as Council Depot Blues in which he also played the part of Norman, Eight Miles High, Cinderella, Merry Ding Dong, both runs of Lennon, Scouse Pacific, You’ll Never Walk Alone Little Scouse On The Prairie, Reds And Blues The Musical, Sons of the Desert, The Hitchhiker’s Guide To Fazakerley and YNWA. He has been an associate artist at the Octagon Theatre in Bolton and was MD on Blonde Bombshells of 1943 which was a co-production with Hampstead Theatre and awarded the Manchester Evening News Best Production for 2006. It has toured nationally and internationally. Other work for the Octagon includes Looking For Buddy, Once Upon A Time In Wigan, Danny, The Champion of the World, Oh, What a Lovely War (nominated for MEN Best Production 2008), Song of Singapore, Eight Miles High, and I Just Stopped By to See the Man. At the Coliseum Theatre in Oldham his work includes Up On The Roof, Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis, Quartet, Dick Barton Special Agent (nominated for MEN Best Production 2008), Union Street, Women On the Verge Of HRT, Feed, Good Golly Miss Molly, Feels Like the First Time, Return to the Forbidden Planet, From A Jack To A King, Sweet Charity, Wake Up Little Susie, Brassed Off, Up On The Roof, The Road To Nab End, and a hatful of pantomimes. At Harrogate Theatre shows include Tears of a Clown, Up on the Roof, Of Mice And Men, Uncle Vanya and yet more pantomimes. Other work includes Alice in Boogie Wonderland and Puss in Blue Suede Boots at the Liverpool

Everyman, which he also co-wrote and A Taste of Honey at the New Vic, Stoke.

Snow White, Dick Whittington and Cinderella.


Currently Mark is working in America on Broadway, designing the big band musical, Over Here, with leading actor Dick Van Dyke.

Mark designed All The Fun Of the Fight He is particularly proud of playing piano on the by John Godber at Wakefield Theatre Royal. end of Dave Kirby’s film 15 Minutes That Shook Other Credits include: Fiddler On The Roof, Boogie Nights, Cinderella, Sleeping The World! Beauty, Jack And The Beanstalk and Beauty And The Beast. MARK WALTERS Mark trained in theatre and costume design at Rose Bruford College in London. He has been Head of Design at the Queens Theatre in Hornchurch for the past six years as well as pursuing freelance designs around the world. Mark is also resident designer for Royal Court Liverpool. Shows include Merry Ding Dong, A Fistful Of Collars, The Salon, Lucky Numbers, Scouse Pacific, You’ll Never Walk Alone, Little Scouse On The Prairie and Reds And Blues The Musical. He has worked with Willy Russell on Shirley Valentine and Stags & Hens - The Remix, as well as the last production of Our Day Out - The Musical.

IAN SCOTT LIGHTING DESIGN Ian has designed the lighting for many shows at the Royal Court including A Nightmare on Lime Street, Our Day Out, Scouse Pacific, On The Ledge, Eight Miles High and Council Depot Blues. In 2012 he designed the set and lighting for the Lodestar/Royal Court co-productions of Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Other recent projects: Marco Polo (Bergen National Opera), Where The Wild Things Are/ Higgelty Piggelty Pop (Aldeburgh Festival, Other set and costume designs include: Los Angeles Philharmonic & Barbican), The Little Shop of Horrors (New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich); Twinkle Little Star (York Theatre Royal, Victorian in the Wall (Will Adamsdale/Fuel), The Ugly Spirit (Fittings/South Bank), Touch Touring); At The Gates of Gaza (The Door Me (Coisceim Dance Theatre), Blok/Eko (The Birmingham rep, Touring); Aladdin, Straight Wrestling School), The 39 Steps (Criterion and Narrow, and Simply the Best (Oldham Coliseum); Empty Bed Blues (Touring); Krapps Theatre) and Reasons To Be Cheerful (Graeae). Last Tape (Touring); A Visit from Miss Prothero As an Associate Artist with the experimental (Lakeside Theatre, Nottingham); Jack and theatre company Suspect Culture Ian designed The Beanstalk (Nottingham Playhouse); I Do the set and lighting for much of the company’s (Blue Eyes Sole Dance Co, Touring); work including Timeless, Mainstream and The Revue (Jermyn St Theatre London). Lament. Mark has designed over ten pantomines for the Adam Smith Theatre in Kirkcaldy, including KATE HARVEY Cinderella, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and SOUND DESIGN Sleeping Beauty. Forbidden Broadway (Albery, Kate was born in Blackpool and at the age London) and Pageant (Vaudeville, London). of 15 went on work experience at Blackpool Mark spent over five years at the Opera House. Courtyard Theatre in Hereford where shows include: Fiddler on the Roof, The Diary of Anne At 16 she was offered the job of lighting operator on Danny La Rue’s summer season Frank, Guys and Dolls, Macbeth, They Shoot show and has enjoyed a career in technical Horses Don’t They?, One Flew Over The theatre ever since. Shows worked there Cuckoo’s Nest, Not About Heroes, The Sound include Blood Brothers, Dr. Dolittle, Grease, of Music and seven pantomimes including

Sunset Boulevard and Boogie Nights. She then spent two years at Stageworks Worldwide Productions designing and operating two pantomimes and working many corporate and conference events. Six months at Butlins in sunny Skegness saw her sound engineer for famous acts such as Slade, Bad Manners, Chesney Hawkes, Sinitta, Right Said Fred and many more. A move to the ocean waves to work as a production technician for Island Cruises let her enjoy four months in Brazil and six months in the Mediterranean before securing a job as production manager for P&O cruises. Mixing sound to the stars all over the world including Jane McDonald, Brian Conley and Petula Clark she then felt it was time to come home. In June 2008 dry land was calling and Kate is now delighted to be working at Royal Court Liverpool where she recently designed Night Collar, Shirley Valentine, Our Day Out - The Musical, both the 2010 abd 2013 runs of Lennon, Scouse Pacific, You’ll Never Walk Alone, Little Scouse on the Prairie, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Reds And Blues - The Musical, Ladies Day.

MARIE JONES COSTUME SUPERVISOR Marie studied fashion and then moved on to theatre costume interpretation at Mabel Fletcher College. Marie’s work as a freelance costumier has included costumes for Oldham Coliseum, The Royal Exchange, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Jimmy McGovern’s film Liam, Beyond Friendship for Mersey Television and the many pantomime dames who have appeared on the Everyman stage. She has worked extensively at the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse and has recently been employed as full time Wardrobe Supervisor. Most recently Marie’s work at the Everyman and Playhouse has included: Much Ado About Nothing, The Electric Hills, The Flint Street Nativity, The Tempest, Unprotected, Billy Liar, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolfe, Urban Legend, Fly, Breezeblock Park, The Entertainer,

Still Life And The Astonished Heart, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Anniversary, Dr Faustus, The May Queen, Cruel Sea and All My Sons. Marie’s other credits include: Brick Up The Mersey Tunnels, Lost Soul, Good Golly Miss Molly, Stags and Hens - The Remix, On The Ledge, Misery, Eight Miles High, Council Depot Blues, Night Collar, Dirty Dusting, Shirley Valentine, Our Day Out - The Musical, The Salon, Funny Money, Merry Ding Dong, A Fistul Of Collars, Lucky Numbers, Lennon, Scouse Pacific, You’ll Never Walk Alone, Little Scouse on the Prairie, Reds And Blues - The Musical and Ladies Day for Royal Court Liverpool, Brouhaha International Street Festival, Working Class Hero on the recent Imagine DVD, Costume Supervisor for many shows at LIPA, The Splash Project at MYPT and Twopence To Cross The Mersey at the Liverpool Empire.

Royal Court Liverpool Staff Chief Executive Artistic Director Finance Director Assistant Producer Marketing Manager Technical Director Head Chef Finance Officer Front Of House Manager Sales Manager Box Office Manager Costume Supervisor Resident Stage Manager

Kevin Fearon Ken Alexander Kevin Dunn Jess Bolger Iain Christie David Gordon Simon Collard Alison Ward Steve Smith Jamie Jenkin Louise Hurd Marie Jones Mick Bawden

Box Office Assistants Rachel Delaney, Stephen Gent, Laura Lees, John Mather, Sarah Randle and Rebecca Smith Front of House Stephen Briggs, Collette Burgess, Mary Cassidy, Hayley Clarke, Lewis Edwards, Peter Gornell, Kathryn Heffron, Jake Jones, Sven Key, Christopher Kidd, Ricci Kinsella, Leah Little, Charlene Lim, Melanie Lovett, Michael Maher. Hazel Patterson, Siobahn Spear, Adam Thompson, Jessica Vale, Sophy Vicary, Christina Wiggins, and Thomas Wright Kitchen David Assall, Billie Chisam, Carl Chisam, Alicia Harris, Robert Hughes, Eileen Lawless, George Schott, and Doreen Uber Stage Door Allen Dodd, John Evans Cleaners Billie Chisam, Debbie Chisam and Doreen Uber And a big thank you to all of our security staff for their hard work throughout the year


“An amazing production ”

“All young people need to see this”

Councillor Wendy Simon


What do you do when you’re fifteen and live on an estate where you get street cred for being in a gang?

by Maurice Bessman

“This type of innovative theatre is a key resource.” Jane Kennedy

Merseyside Police And Crime Commissioner 2013

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