By Edua Guerra
In times when a gentle reminder of how life was before lockdown is what we need most, the Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse Theatre has come up with a remarkable digital project, which gives us both reminiscence of brighter days and the hope that soon they will come back.
Love Liverpool: an A-Z of Hope comprises four letters holding stories, videos and even recipes made by the Everyman’s commissioned artists and the public.
The letters display the love and heartfelt feeling for the city of Liverpool, its bars, its streets, its music and, above all things, its people.
It’s not long into ‘Letter 1: On our Way To Liverpool’, before we feel related to the emotions and sensations that embrace us when we first arrive in Liverpool.
“You are now approaching: Liverpool Lime St” we hear, emphasized by The B Collective’s video of a wide eyed girl from the Midlands moving into the city. This aspirational feeling that comes with arriving at the beloved train station doesn’t end there. It is also shared between a mother and daughter crossing the Mersey river on top of a colourful ferry, in Freya Hannan-Mills video ‘Crossing Over’.
‘Letter 2: Home is Where Your Hope Is’ is possibly the most vivid part of this project. It revolves around the wishful thinking everybody has when they step into the iconic Hope Street. The hopes of a student girl pursuing a career in acting in ‘The Audition’ by Emily Horrex, perfectly aligns with the hopes of freshers arriving to start a new phase of their lives in the city every September.
The story ‘Hope on Hope Street’ by Daniel Allen could easily be re titled as “Scouse and The City”. It is an honest story about what it feels like to go on a date night on the Georgian Quarter’s vibrant street, which is an important part of romance in Liverpool.
Love, Liverpool: An A-Z of Hope continues sharing nostalgia for the city in ‘Letter 3: A Good Night Out’.
The video by Rubi Baines ’24 Kitchen Street’, narrates the friendship and fun that she has experienced in the venue located in the Baltic Triangle, as people from different generations gathered in a welcoming place.
In ‘Letter 4: Goodbye Liverpool… For Now’, Hannah Norris opens up in her video ‘Homecoming’. She narrates what it feels like to be away from the city and everything it has to offer – A perfect mirroring of the current situation.
What started as a project to be as close to their audience as possible in times when social distancing has become the norm, the Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse project quickly became a way to reconnect with our city.
Love, Liverpool: An A-Z of Hope makes us miss our streets and the people so much, but nonetheless gives us hope that better days are to come.