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Final Act

It’s the last couple of days of Wall Talks and, as they say in Aldi, when it's gone it's gone. Claire Rider steps out of her comfort zone to tell you why you should catch it

Published on June 29th 2007.


Final Act

What better time to stage an evocative ride through Liverpool's history than on its 800th birthday? And what better place to jump on board for the journey than the Tobacco Warehouse?

Liverpool-based writers Andrew Sherlock and Jen Heyes had all this in mind when they invited audiences to the Stanley Dock to see their production, Wall Talks. But then it all went horribly wrong when the place was closed down, along with the show, earlier this week.

Then it was on at the Albert Dock, now it's back at the Stanley Dock. All to do with the Heritage Market being closed down. But don't worry you head about all this, everything is back how it should be. But now the tickets are free.

The Tobacco Warehouse was specifically chosen for the richness of its unique industrial history, and Wall Talks is all the more interesting for being set there, providing an imaginative backdrop for scenes on ships, car parks, quaysides and raves.

For audiences, this means catching a bus form the city centre or parking your car across the road, whereupon swift drinks can be obtained in the temporary bar between the buildings.

Then, before you know it, the security staff switch on their torches, usher the audience into a line, issue them with fold-up chairs and guide the crowd into the darkness. At first, it's all black and scary, but you then get the hang of pitching your seat, watching a scene and being guided around to somewhere else in the building.

Commissioned by the Liverpool Culture Co, Wall Talks is one-and-a-half-hours in duration, which is long enough to be in the dark, probably needing an extra jumper. But there’s still time get some eats afterwards, and you’ll need them to warm you up.

After all the to-ing and fro-ing, Jen Heyes, said: "Andrew and I are certain that the audiences will find the show reflects the turbulent times we have already lived through in our city and are living in now, it is quite clearly a case of art becoming reality."

Wall Talks, Tobacco Warehouse, Stanley Dock, Regent Road, Liverpool 3. Until Saturday June 30. 7.30pm. All existing tickets valid. Otherwise, admission free.

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