Still searching for the perfect Father’s Day gift for your Toffee-mad dad? Why not treat him to an evening at the theatre to celebrate the history of his favourite football club?
Produced by Blue Park Productions in association with The Epstein Theatre and written by Evertonian Kenny O’Connell, From the Heart of Everton’s Badge to The Grand Old Lady will run from Thursday, August 29 to Saturday, August 31.
The play, which makes its comeback following a successful run last year, immerses the audience in the extraordinary history of Everton Football Club, its Goodison Park home and some of the city’s most famous football and non-footballing characters.
The story is based around Prince Rupert’s Tower or the ‘Everton lock-up’ as it is known locally. The tower has stood at the peak of Everton Brow since 1787 and also sits proudly on the Club’s crest.
In the plot of the play, the Club has organised an event outside the ‘lock-up’ to promote its move to a new home at Bramley-Moore Dock. Two Evertonians, Jamie and Robbo, manage to lock themselves in the tower after the crowds disperse, with the aim of finding the lost ‘Prince Rupert’s gold'.
While locked in, they stumble across a secret tunnel and unwittingly release the ghosts of Everton and the city’s past: Dixie Dean, Molly Bushell, Prince Rupert and Bessie Braddock. Each ghost takes them on a historical journey and they discover the true meaning behind being inside the heart of Everton’s badge.
Father's Day is on Sunday 16 June, and you can treat your dad to a special Everton-themed present with tickets to the play, which are priced at just £12. They available online by clicking here, by calling 0844 888 4411 or by attending in person at The Epstein Theatre Box Office.
Playwright Kenny O’Connell said: "It’s a story about an amazing football club and its history. It will pull on the heart strings as it about more than just football, it’s about family, love and struggle. Its themes are universal and will resonate with everyone.”
The play has been given a re-run at The Epstein Theatre following the success of last year’s showing as well as the stage production of Ball of Fire which played to sold-out audiences at the popular city centre venue.