“One for fans of Forrester's novels”.
Based on Helen Forrester’s autobiographical novel of the same name, ‘By The Waters Of Liverpool’ is set in the 1930s, during the Great Depression- just after the great Wall Street crash. Britain is on the verge of war and a young southern girl, Helen, is longing for a life better than that which she is living. Penniless, lonely, and a slave to her family’s every whim, slowly, she begins a bitter fight against the cards that life has dealt her and strives to forge a more fulfilling existence. Worse still, at twenty years old, she’s never been kissed- until she meets a tall, strong seaman and falls in love.
Although set some 80+ years ago, the strains of that time echoed somewhat too familiarly around the The Auditorium at the M&S Bank Arena this evening. A venue which, frankly, drowned this humble production. We’re painfully reminded of the current economic climate, with the threat of war looming eerily around every corner throughout. What once may have been a night of theatrical escapism to a moment in history felt like a stark parallel to life as we know it today.