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Video: Everyman topping out ceremony

Uncle Joe smashes bottle of beer on side of building (in a good way)

Published on June 21st 2013.

Video: Everyman topping out ceremony

IT was hard-hats all round earlier this week when the construction of the new Everyman Theatre reached a milestone.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson joined theatre chiefs, funders, builders Gilbert Ash and architects Haworth Tompkins to celebrate the topping Out of the Hope Street building.

Topping out is when the main structure is complete and Joe Anderson marked the occasion by breaking a bottle of Everyman beer on the highest part of the new fly tower.


Artistic Director Gemma Bodinetz said: "The building will be fully accessible and with natural ventilation throughout most public spaces, aspires to be one of the most sustainable theatres in the country. In short we have tried to take the extraordinary and particular ethos of this beloved theatre and make sure it’s housed in a building that will welcome and dazzle audiences of all ages for generations to come.”

The short video has just been released which shows the event better than the available pictures.

Confidential stumbled over one of the playwrights commissioned for the first season, in the pub, the other night. They said the new building is "fantastic".

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6 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousJune 21st 2013.

Some old fart will be along soon to bemoan the loss of another rickety old worn out building because its bricks ooze with emotion or some such And I bet he will have fought tooth and nail to buy a victorian 2 up 2 down with a binhole in the back jigger and an outside khazi, because he's so committed to preserving old things......as long as someone else has to work around their failings and shortcomings!!

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Jerry BuilderJuly 1st 2013.

It was an ugly 1970s eyesore, not the much more attractive (and longer-lasting) Hope Hall that it replaced. Something that can't last 34 years isn't worth saving.

John BradleyJuly 1st 2013.

Jerry it was hope hall with a new front. If you went round the back it was obvious.

ObserverJune 21st 2013.

Lot of ugly anger around in the internet in Liverpool at the moment. What for? Yes, it will probably be great and it has many supporters and judging by the plans and enthusiasm will probably be very successful. But many people think it's a shame the old one was demolished and not refurbed and if anyone dares to voice that they get a kicking. Get over it and stop making personal attacks about people. EVERYONE is entitles to a view about the EVERYMAN.

TonyJune 23rd 2013.

Oh the drama !

RamseyJune 23rd 2013.

I remember it as a cinema, the sibling of the Continental in Wallasey.

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