Author: Natasha McKinnon

Theatre Review: Twopence to Cross the Mersey

Elms and Fennah have done a remarkable job indeed, with this latest adaptation of the world-famous Twopence to Cross the Mersey, based on the childhood life of Helen Forrester. Although the set is minimalistic – two chairs, doorways and a table – the props used and the costume designs are enough to bring this play to life. The soundtrack, mostly the crying of seagulls or the sound of the river, is atmospheric and helps create that image of the Depression in Liverpool, the desolation of the Forrester family and the hopelessness felt by Helen. Although the set design and...

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An Interview with Maria Lovelady, Star of Upcoming Play ‘Twopence to Cross the Mersey’

The characteristic Epstein Theatre is soon to play host to a stage revival of Helen Forrester’s ‘Twopence to Cross the Mersey’. In the theatre bar, which is filled with the sound of laughter and chatter, I meet Maria Lovelady, a young actress who will be playing Young Helen in this revival. Can you tell me a little more about Young Helen Forrester, your character? What do you feel you can bring to the role? ML: It’s scary for me, as it’s the first time I’ve ever played a real person. I’ve been reading all the books – she’s got...

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