Above is the finale of the the Everyman Finale night.

There is a great site which shows in real time the new theatre being built and which has lots of interviews and more. Visit it by clicking here.

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With any street, even a few yards of a street, stopping to pause, look at details reveals another level of the street’s life. The images in the slideshow are taken on Hope Street or in Arrad Street which runs behind and which contains the home of Liverpool Theatre Network. Sean writes:

Come gather round people wherever you roam and loan your ego to the brothers and sisters 

Who passionately find joy in the backstreets of Hope

Ladies and gentlemen this is Network theatre. 

Established in Orwells ’84’ fifty years after the birth of its ancestor ‘Merseyside Left theatre group’, Network was created after the closure of ‘Merseyside Unity Theatre ‘ and strives every Tuesday to continue encouragement, participation, performance and innovative theatrical writing for Liverpool.
See also the earlier post, Three Unities.

Hope Street Area

Posted: October 20, 2011 in Heritage and Development

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The Hope Street area, the Hope Street Quarter, the Cultural Quarter, the Georgian Quarter, the Bohemian Quarter….


We’ve come across many of the streets already: Canning, Huskisson, Catharine. The area includes these and many more. We have just seen in the last post how the Knowledge Quarter is joined up with the Hope Street Quarter.


We’ll be looking soon at other ‘quarters’ soon.

Looking towards the Knowledge Quarter

What is Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter? According to the prospectus which you can get as a pdf here :

Liverpool Knowledge Quarter stretches from the City’s Anglican Cathedral to the South, through the core facilities of Liverpool John

Moores University and University of Liverpool, taking in the Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool Science Park, Hope Street‘s cultural

offering and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine at its Northern fringe. The

Knowledge Quarter also reaches out to and includes John Moores University’s City campus on Byrom Street, an important gateway

to the city centre from north Liverpool where much of their science and technology research is based. The Quarter’s role as a centre

of learning is further enhanced by Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool Community College and Liverpool Institute for Performing

Arts (LIPA). Together these institutions house a concentration of expertise, knowledge and wealth creating potential, which we

believe is unrivalled in the UK.

We can add to those locations Copperas Hill, the old mail sorting office which is now to be developed by John Moores University.

The image above taken from the top of Hope Street shows how the new road surfaces and pavements have been continued towards the knowledge quarter. It’s well worth looking at the prospectus as it shows images of Hope Street itself, even street signs, certainly restauarants and bistros. The ambience of Hope Street being marketed here is seen as an important part of the  perceived ambience of  the Knowledge Quarter as a whole.

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The light, the skies, seasons, shadows, weather – each, always changing, gives Hope Street a different presence. Here’s some images from Spiderphoto. When it stops raining we’ll get some moving images. Yes! movies!

Hope Street Peeps

Posted: October 6, 2011 in people, Uncategorized

Visit the great new site Hope Street Peeps. The Spiderphoto group went out with lights and cameras onto Hope Street and took pictures of some of the people they met. A street, a place, at any one time is more to do with the people than the stones and glass, and this site catches the variety of people who contribute to the street, the city, humanity.

Roxie Roulette

‘Real name – Hannah Cruse, The vintage vibe around Hope Street is buzzing ! I’m always finding amazing bargains looking around my historic surroundings.’

David Brewitt – Owner Hope Street Hotel

‘I came to Liverpool University in the wake of the riots in 1981. Hope Street is now transformed into one of the best streets in Europe ! With two Cathedrals and two world class Universities, the RLPO, The Everyman and many other fantastic local and independent businesses.’

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Marks of time in Hope Street. Chiselled grafitti from 1727, perhaps a worker in the quarry that is now St James Cemetry… Leaves, shadows, carvings, patches of water – some are gone with the wind or the movement of the sun, some endure. All speak of different passages of time, each happening on top of the others.

These images were taken last week by the Spiderphoto group (who, incidentally, have a brilliant exhibition running through October at FACT in Wood Street).

St James Cemetry and the quarry before it, their history and how they are today, we’ll be looking at over the next few weeks in detail with video and photography. We’re indebted, as everyone should be, to the marvellous site initiated and maintained by Mike Faulkner. This is a mine of information which has helped us as it will everybody with research.

Vivaldi and Jimi Hendrix! Sort of catches the spectrum of a great event. The video ends with the West Everton Super Strings. See our early post of the brilliant Harmony initiative to give all four year olds in West Everton tuition in stringed instruments.

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Some images from the great Hope Street Feast on 18th September. There was a marvellous range of foods, of course, and the atmosphere was wonderful as all ages enjoyed what seemed like never-ending entertainment. Songs, music, street theatre, dance and more than a touch of the surreal throughout the day. The Philharmonic Hall was open for children’s films, young people’s performing music and song, the Royal Philharmonic Choir, and performances from folk, to Chinese and Irish artists sharing their culture. Sole artists and duest performed songs at the Mount Street and Myrtle Street stages. The Masonic Hall was open for tours, as was the former Irish Centre, now sadly derelict. Local venues for smaller events included the Caledonia and the Hope Street Hotel.

You’ll get a taste of the day watching the short video which will be our next post.


We mark the end of the first phase of our Hope Street Chronicles project with this event. It has to be said that we haven’t  included even half of what we intended. We have an archive now of posts including pictures, stories, poems and histories waiting to be published when time permits (We only meet two hours a week). And there is more and more new stuff suggesting itself every week. It’s been fascinating, and a great learning process, to see how much thre is to be discovered from one street.