Review: Liver Birds Flying Home at the Epstein Theatre

by Andy Green

WOW! It’s not often you can say that you were one of the first to see a show that’s going to be huge. Well, after last night’s concert performance of Liver Birds Flying Home at the Epstein, I think I can. It was sensational.

It being a ‘concert performance’ I was just expecting the songs but no, we got some jolly good acting too!

This performance was the result of a workshop of the first draft of the script – the book is by Barb Jungr and local BBC presenter Linda McDermott and the music is written by Level 42’s Mike Lindup, Jungr also wrote the lyrics. 

Those of us of a certain age will have fond memories of Carla Lane’s Liverpool-based sit-com and this takes us to what happened next – and it will surprise you. Flashbacks are a plenty and the young Sandra and Beryl are brilliantly portrayed by Nicola Munns and Julie Atherton respectively. The present day Liver Birds are played by Lesley Molony (Beryl) and Joanna Monro (Sandra) and despite the fact that they had the scripts in front of them they gave utterly convincing performances.

Mark Rice-Oxley plays all of the male roles and he’s obviously (but not in a bad way) holding back with that huge singing voice of his.

The plan is to bring a full staging of the show back in October and they’ve set up a crowdfunding appeal to do just that. A pledge is not a donation though – you’ll get the value back in tickets. The website is www.liverbirdsmusical.com.

I’m going to stick my neck out here… this could be the next Blood Brothers.

Yes, it’s that good.