Associate director Nick Bagnall’s vision for Sweeney Todd at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre is unique, intense and exciting, bringing out the very best of the venue and its performers.
This particular ‘new town’ was designed to rehouse the overspill population from the poorer parts of Liverpool but the forced creation of new communities is rarely so simple as that, and it is this impact that McLean explores here, by following the thread of a 30 year friendship.
The story starts in 2009 with Paul, a fortysomething professional who works in computing, returning to his home town, Skelmersdale, a 1960s overspill from Liverpool. Now living in Dublin, he’s come to see his mother, Hazel, who migrated to Britain from Ireland because she was an unmarried mother.
New play about two friends who grow up together is well structured, if a bit slender.