Church bombsite for Liverpool production

Published: 13 January 2013
Reporter: David Upton

Tony Teardrop

In March, Liverpool’s iconic St Luke’s ‘bombed out’ Church will be the venue for the site specific world stage première of Tony Teardrop, the acclaimed play by award-winning Liverpool playwright Esther Wilson.

It was originally written as part of a regional voices scheme with the National Theatre in 2004 but has never been given a stage production until now.

Esther has also written an alternative radio version, based on true stories of homelessness in Manchester and working in collaboration with producer / director Pauline Harris, where they met and followed several characters over many months, and this was first aired last March on BBC Radio 3’s The Wire. It has since been re-commissioned as a Radio 4 drama for November 2013.

Tony Teardrop is a biting but humorous play about people living on the edges of society.