LIVERPOOL’S Royal Court is out to show that the old ones are the best with a brand new comedy from Dave Simpson. The show is a comedy that is packed with 50s and 60s music. Set in a Day Care Centre, a group of 60-somethings get together to form a choir. An old rocker persuades them to add in a few more upbeat numbers and they soon find themselves entered into a Battle Of The Bands. The full cast is now confirmed as: Ruth Alexander, Eithne Browne, Dennis Conlon, Annie Edwards, Greg Fossard, Hayley Hampson, Phil Hearne, Paul Kissaun and Olwen Rees. They are joined by members of the Royal Court Community Choir and other local choirs. Dave Simpson is best known for plays The Naked Truth and Raving Beauties. He has also written for Emmerdale and Coronation Street and was writer in residence at Manchester’s Library Theatre for a number of years. The show is directed by Royal Court regular Bob Eaton. Queens Drive Day Centre is a place for relaxation, winding down and de-stressing in your later years. A few board games, Countryfile on the telly and the occasional day trip to Dobbies is about as exciting as it gets. There is choir on a Tuesday which is usually a peaceful affair. That is until Benny, an old 60s rock ’n’ roller, arrives to spice things up a bit. Everything suddenly goes up tempo and before they know it they have been entered into a Battle Of The Bands. It’s time to ditch the walkers and grab a guitar as the old rockers square off against the best young talent around. Can the old guard still cut it? Will hip op beat hip hop? Will they get back in time for Countdown? The show contains some great 1950s and 1960s songs including: Shaking All Over, Duke Of Earl, Book Of Love, Stand by Me, Dock Of The Bay, Why Do Fools Fall In Love, Pretty Woman and You’re All I Need To Get By. Dave Simpson is looking forward to the show: “The Golden Oldies is a funny, warm, uplifting look at love and romance in the over 60s set against the soundtrack of their youth. It’s going to be huge fun with great songs and it will appeal to both the young and the old.” Kevin Fearon, Chief Executive of Royal Court Liverpool, said “As soon as we read this play we thought that it would work really well here. It’s full of great characters and music as well as being very, very funny.” As with all Royal Court productions, dinner will be available before the show in the stalls.
The Golden Oldies runs from Friday 15 April to Saturday 14 May 2016. Tickets and information are available from www.royalcourtliverpool.com or on 0151 709 4321