THE St James’ Gardens Trust is hosting an outdoor production of Macbeth on July the 8th at 7pm in the gardens on the North side of the Anglican cathedral. When approached by a local family property firm “Poets Properties” who wanted to sponsor the professional, itinerant theatre group “Odd Socks” and their anarchic, comic, musical version of Macbeth, trustees gave it their full support. Oddsocks are one of the UKs best-loved touring theatre companies. They are passionate that every person in society has the right to access and enjoy theatre in a fun, informative and inclusive environment. Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a fantastic story of murderous ambition and supernatural soliciting, well suited to being performed in a former cemetery and Odd Socks have given it a Steampunk style and some pulsating tunes. The Gardens have had a chequered history starting life in the 17C as a quarry producing much of the stone from which Georgian Liverpool was built. Then in the 19C it became a cemetery. Services were held in the oratory prior to the deceased being taken by horse drawn hearse down the extensive ramparts to their final resting place on the floor of the quarry. It must have been quite a solemn, but at the same time rather theatrical event. In the 20C the cemetery fell into disrepair and became the haunt of some fairly unsavoury if colourful characters Since 2001 the friends of St James have worked extensively to create a family-friendly environment in the garden whilst encouraging greater use by both local people and visitors. The Trust hope that the ghosts of the some 57,000 people buried in St James’ appreciate the macabre nature of Macbeth. The Odd Socks production with a murderous body count of ten is dead funny! The gardens will be available from 6pm so bring your own chairs and rugs and start the evening with a picnic. However, please do not feed the actors who have been known to move amongst the audience prior to the show and “sample” what is on offer. All profits from the show will go to the St James Garden Trust. For tickets tel 01332 258328 or www.oddsocks.co.uk Advance ticket prices Full £14 conc £12 The production will go ahead whatever the weather so if it looks a bit doubtful come prepared.