Hilarious Comedy Ale House Comes To The Dome

THE city’s media were invited to Doctor Duncan’s for the press launch and a sneak preview of Ale House – the raucous comedy that will be staged at The Dome Theatre in Grand Central Hall next month. From the writers of Night Collar, Ale House comes to The Dome on Renshaw Street for a four week run from 25 February to 19 March and gives the audience an hilarious glimpse inside a local drinking establishment and the regulars who frequent it. Lindzi Germain is behind the bar as the big-hearted landlady Lucy, serving a mix of crazy characters including Yogi played by Philip Olivier, a typical bragging looney tune and Trevor, played by Jake Abraham, who is a Tourettes suffering war veteran with uncannily timed outbursts. The other characters are Kick Off played by George Wilson (Ziggy from Grange Hill), Robbo played by James McMartin with a hangover from hell. Les O’Dochartaigh plays Father Flaherty, Bernie Foley plays Mary and Nelly while Kivan Dene plays Hawker and Les. And there’s also pint-guzzling old Joe played by Nick Birkinshaw. All in all, it’s a comedy mix of characters that you may well find familiar from your own local. Philip Olivier and Jake Abraham have joined forces to form their own production company and our co-directing this new production of Ale House which was originally written by Furlong & Powers. The comedy, which recently went down a storm at St Helens Theatre Royal, has been developed by Olivier and Abraham to include more light and shade to the storyline and characters.
Philip Olivier
Philip Olivier
Philip Olivier explained: “The comedy has been really successful so far because it’s so true to life. It portrays life in a typical boozer with all the shenanigans that go on. The audience can identify with the characters and are always saying ‘I know people like that in my pub!’ “We’ve just updated it and dragged it into the 21st century, we’ve added more emotion including a love story between two lost and lonely souls.” It’s a little darker in places too,” adds Jake. “One of the characters has become quite sinister…we’ve been working with Liverpool College creating prosthetics for the characters to make them more real. And we have added more musical numbers.” Liverpool indie rock band Space have written a piece of music to open the show and local band The Stamp will be playing live afterwards. The sneak preview given to the press was incredibly funny and I’m really looking forward to seeing the full show, especially as it’s at The Dome which is one Liverpool’s hidden gems when it comes to performance spaces. Tickets are priced at £20 with 2-4-1 midweek offers and are on sale from Ticketquarter. You can call on 0844 8000 410 or visit www.ticketquarter.co.uk