Where next for Brando? The River Leads to the Sea.
Still waters run deep, and the surface calm here at Waiting for Brando belies a tremendous amount of work below the surface to take some time to look at the experience of the tour and to begin planning the next stage of the play’s development. Ok, we’ve taken some time out to have a breather, but evaluating the response to the play in Liverpool and beyond has taken some time, and of course reporting back to our funders has been essential. You can see the general outline of the evaluation over here on the Blog page, but in summary – sell out audiences in Liverpool, 10 out of 10 reviews and glowing responses from audiences across the country all spell out success. The play travels well. Audiences get it, the play and the performances deserve an audience, and it would be a crying shame if we weren’t able to take it on the road again to reach new audiences. But what road? I say the Dock Road – the road that leads around the edge of the UK and Ireland. And that’s why we’re now working on a Port City Tour for Waiting for Brando. No dates confirmed as yet, but we’re already working on putting together the funding package to support the tour, and looking at new ways of developing the production to an even bigger scale than before. The port city Tour will take us to all the major ports in the UK and Ireland, playing theatres for as many nights as they can hold us, with a team going ahead, virtually and physically to announce the news and build the audiences. And of course, when we talk about Port Cities we will be building an ocean highway of support to get us to the port city that inspires the play, and of course, the port city where the play is set – New York. Watch this space…
Last Chance to Catch Brando in Liverpool!
After being awarded an unprecedented 10 out of 10 during it’s recent five night run at Liverpool’s Unity theatre, and attracting rave reviews on its first ever UK Tour, Waiting for Brando, the play everyone is talking about, appears in Liverpool for one last night at the Valley Community Theatre in Netherley.
Co-author and Producer Mike Morris said: ‘We really want to engage with local communities, and people who don’t normally attend theatre. We also want to support this important community based theatre and we feel the best way of doing this is bringing this high quality play out to Netherley for our last night in Liverpool.’
Martin Ball, the Director of Valley Community Theatre said, ‘Having such a prestigious play come out to Netherley is a huge boost for us and an important scoop for the community. This is serious drama, and I’m sure people in this area would appreciate its quality. I’d urge people to come and see this play and help support your local community theatre.
Once again we have negotiated a superb discount for Unison and Unite members who can get tickets for £6/£4 by quoting the code ‘Union’ at the box office.
‘Waiting for Brando’ is being performed at The Valley Community Theatre Theatre on Tuesday 14th May. Tickets cost £7/£5 concessions. For tickets click here or call the box office on 0151- 488- 0364.
Valley Community Theatre: Childwall Valley Road, Netherley, Liverpool, Merseyside, L27 3YA
For more details contact Co-writer and Producer, Mike Morris: 07841830628 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Liverpool Echo Awards Waiting for Brando 10 out of 10!
Two incredible review for Brando this week, including one form the Liverpool Echo that awarded the play 10 out of 10, with the comment, ‘Two great new playwrights in our midst – with an acting company to match. It really doesn’t come any better, and their subsequent tour will only go to show that Liverpool still exports the very best in drama.’ Click here to read the review in full
Vicki Goodwin calls the play ‘A truly captivating experience’ in her review in ‘The Public Reviews’ on-line magazine. Read the full review here.
Bay TV Liverpool have recorded a great interview with Mike and Carl including clips from the rehearsals.
Another Union offers its support to Waiting for Brando
Following on from Union North West’s support, Unite, the Union, North West, have also stepped forward to sponsor the play. Unite’s North West regional secretary, Mick Whitley, said, ‘It’s great to see a play, written by union members, make it to the stage and onto a national tour. It was hugely popular in 2012 when it first appeared and we want to give our members the opportunity to see a performance of the play everyone is talking about’. A discount code is now available for Unite members who wish to see the play. Click here to go to the page and access the code.
Waiting for Brando returns for a Spring Tour in April & May 2013
Click on the video below to view the new trailer.
Waiting for Brando returns for a five night run at The Unity Theatre Liverpool, April 16 – 20, followed by dates in Cockermouth – April 25, Tunbridge Wells – April 27th and Redhill, Surrey – April 29th. We’re then back in Liverpool for one night at the Valley Theatre in Netherley – May 14th, followed by two nights in the Wilde Theatre at the South Hill Arts Centre in Berkshire. Tickets are now on sale for all dates and can be bought by clicking on the links on the right hand side of the page. Looking forward to seeing you on the tour!
You can book Waiting for Brando for your theatre by emailing email@example.com.
All previous performances were sold out (see the review pages)
Waiting for Brando is a new play written by Mike Morris & Steve Higginson. Its debut was at The Unity Theatre, Liverpool, from Tuesday 22nd to Thursday 24th May 2012.
At present the writers and production team are developing plans for their next performances and working on raising the necessary support to take it touring around the UK.
America 1953 – A country made paranoid by McCarthy’s anti-communist witch-hunts is beginning to march to the sound of civil rights, the birth of rock and roll and the new ‘teenage’ rebel.
Two Liverpool merchant seamen, Eddie and Vinnie – both ‘Cunard Yanks’, meet up in a New York dockside bar to drink away the afternoon before their ship sails for home. But all is not as it seems, and past tensions threaten to overwhelm their future plans.
In a studio in New York, Legendary director Elia Kazan works on the screenplay for ‘On The Waterfront’, still haunted by his decision to ‘name names’ at Senator McCarthys witch-hunting hearings, with ex-brother in arms, playwright Arthur Miller, perched on his shoulder as the conscience of America.
And looming large over all is the smouldering presence of Marlon Brando, fresh from the critical acclaim of the Wild One and awaiting his entrance as longshoreman Terry Malloy in On The Water Front, the film that will truly launch him on to the world stage.
The play is supported by Arts Council England, The Unity Theatre’s Making Art scheme, and features as part of the 2012 Writing on the Wall Festival.