Waters Of Liverpool, Havana Nights, Augmented, Gibbon, Cockney Temple Dancer, Under my Skin

By The Waters Of Liverpool – tour starts 3 March

Best-selling By The Waters Of Liverpool has been adapted for the stage by Rob Fennah.

The book is part of a four-volume autobiography of Helen Forrester starting in the 1930s when the Depression and bankruptcy forced the Forresters to leave behind their comfortable middle-class existence for a new life of penury in Liverpool.

The story goes through to Helen reaching adulthood but in adapting the book Fennah provides a fuller picture of Helen Forrester by including material from the other volumes Liverpool Miss, Twopence To Cross The Mersey and Lime Street At Two.

Helen Forrester rose from poverty and found success as a novelist. Her books include Liverpool Daisy, A Cuppa Tea and an Aspirin, Three Women of Liverpool, Thursday's Child and The Latchkey Kid.

Coronation Street's Sian Reeves and Holby City's Mark Moraghan lead a cast that includes Hollyoaks' Parry Glasspool, Waterloo Road 's Lucy Dixon, and Coronation Street's Eric Potts.

They are joined by Lynn Francis, Danny O’Brien, Roy Carruthers, and Chloe McDonald.

Gareth Tudor Price directs.

By The Waters Of Liverpool was first seen in 2018 at the Liverpool Empire Theatre and is again produced by Pulse Records Limited in association with Bill Elms.

The tour opens at Floral Pavilion New Brighton and visits Stockport Plaza, Parr Hall Warrington, St Helen's Theatre Royal, Grand Theatre Lancaster, Lyceum Crewe, Southport Theatre, Pavilion Theatre Rhyl, Grand Theatre Swansea, Darlington Hippodrome, Malvern Theatres, Devonshire Park Theatre Eastbourne, Gaiety Theatre Isle Of Man, Beck Theatre Hayes, Theatre Royal Winchester, Epstein Theatre Liverpool and Grand Theatre Blackpool.

Havana Nightstour starts 3 March

Strictly Come Dancing's Graziano Di Prima starts on his first solo tour with new show Havana Nights.

Joining him, also from Strictly, is his fiancée Giada Lini. Together they will deliver a mix of Latin dances. Dancing alongside them in group numbers is their team of supporting dancers.

Havana Nights visits Civic Centre Chelmsford, Gordon Craig Theatre Stevenage, Stables Theatre Milton Keynes, Hawth Theatre Crawley, Assembly Hall Theatre Tunbridge Wells, The Apex Bury St Edmunds, Alban Arena St Albans, Lighthouse Theatre Kettering, Royal Spa Centre Leamington Spa, Corn Exchange Cambridge, Exmouth Pavilion, Regal Theatre Redruth, Town Hall Cheltenham, Wyvern Theatre Swindon, Westlands Theatre Yeovil, Wycombe Swan High Wycombe, Royal Concert Hall Glasgow, Assembly Rooms Edinburgh, Playhouse Theatre Whitley Bay, Marine Hall Fleetwood, Parr Hall Warrington, Glive Guildford, Hexagon Theatre Reading, Theatre Severn Shrewsbury, The Atkinson Southport and Garrick Theatre Lichfield.

Augmented – tour starts 5 March

Augmented is Sophie Woolley’s second solo show and is based on her experiences of becoming a “cyborg” with a cochlear implant after twenty years of deafness.

It looks at her re-entry to the hearing community from hereditary progressive hearing loss which started in her teenage years, and what this change meant to her life and relationships.

Augmented is directed by Rachel Bagshaw with movement direction from Rachel Drazek and video design by Joshua Pharo.

The play won the Pulse Festival Suitcase Day Prize.

Augmented is presented by Augmented Productions, the inaugural Associate Company of Told by an Idiot. It visits Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester, Birmingham Rep, Salisbury Playhouse, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Cambridge Junction.

Gibbon, Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer, Under my Skin – tours start on various dates

The Rural Touring Dance Initiative continues its programme of touring events with three further shows taking to the road in March.

The shows to be seen in village halls and rural venues across the UK are:

Gibbon – tour starts 5 March

Breakout juggling stars Chris Patfield and José Triguero combine juggling with dance and physical theatre in this humorous and surreal show about what drives us to try and try again.

Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer – tour starts 14 March

The east London childhood journey of Complicité associate Shane Shambhu is reflected in this is piece which explores how race, language, identity and culture have defined him.

Under my Skin – tour starts 20 March

This show, developed in association with a leading surgeon, looks at surgery and operating theatres drawing on classical Indian dance technique, Bharata Natyam and real-life surgical procedures.

The Rural Touring Dance Initiative is a partnership project led by The National Rural Touring Forum with The Place, China Plate and Take Art. Each show has been selected by local promoters as best suits their venue.

Gibbon visits Ropsley Village Hall Lincolnshire, Norwell Village Hall Nottinghamshire and Sawley Village Hall North Yorkshire.

Under My Skin visits St Georges Theatre Great Yarmouth, Gillingham School Dorset and The Market Theatre Ledbury.

Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer visits Rhosilli Village Hall Wales, The Small World Theatre Cardigan and Thimblemill Library Smethwich.