Network news: August

Hello Networkers! Here is an update of what LNTG is currently up to 🙂 

Summer show

It’s already almost two weeks since we completed our summer play, The Taming of the Shrew, which was graced with very good audience numbers, very high energy, very mixed weather and a very positive response from those who saw it. So thanks to everyone who came out to experience the show and support your favourite community theatre group! You can read a review by Mark Davoren at North West End at the following link:

We also introduced a beautiful new outdoor venue into our annual tour this year – below is an impression of the cast in full flow at the Seafront Gardens in Waterloo.


As always, our weekly Tuesday workshops persevere, with varying topics and exercises each week. The next one (8th August) will be led by Networker Adrian Rawsthorne and is entitled “A big bag of tools for Creating Character”.

Workshops take place every Tuesday, 7-9pm at “Hope St. Ltd” on Lord Street (entrance between McDonald’s and Specsavers, ring the bell for the fourth floor. The building/workshop space is wheelchair accessible.) They are run on a drop-in basis and attract a wide range of ages and acting experience (beginners welcome)! We ask for a contribution of £3 (£1.50 unwaged) per person.

We are also planning two consecutive workshops (19th and 26th September) which will focus on directing, giving workshop participants a chance to try their hand at this discipline, and others to be directed by them. 

The best way to find up-to-date information is to check our Facebook group at:

We will also be announcing other events in the coming weeks/months, such as a Network pub quiz, our annual Christmas revue and any news about forthcoming productions.


Happy Networking and see you soon. 

Sandra on behalf of LNTG x

Tickets for Humble Boy now on sale!

Liverpool Network Theatre Group are delighted to present ‘Humble Boy’, the award-winning play (2001 Critics Theatre Award for New Play) by Charlotte Jones.

Take a stammering astrophysicist, add his waspish mother, her boorish beau and his free-spirited daughter, sprinkle with a nervous family friend and garnish with a wise gardener. Place all in the warmth of an idyllic British summer and watch the desperately cultivated veneer of civility disintegrate deliciously. Humble Boy is a gorgeous celebration of language and the madness of life, like the bees that buzz in Felix’s head even though they have been banished from the beehive. It is thematically rich and boldly theatrical whilst remaining uncompromisingly and intimately human with plenty to think about once the sun has finally set on the Humbles’ garden.

Humble Boy runs from the 16th to 18th November, 2016 at Blackburne House, starting at 1900 and running for approximately two hours, including an intermission. Tickets are £8/6 available from

Blackburne House’s cafe/bistro and bar will be open throughout the evening and offer a pre-theatre menu which can be booked either on 0151 708 3929 or via In addition, there is a 10% discount on all food purchased directly at the counter.


LNTG Shakespeare workshops at Central Library, 23rd/24th April

As you may have heard/read already, we Network people are putting on two free Shakespeare Workshops, imaginatively titled ‘Doing Shakespeare’, at Liverpool Central Library on Sat 23 and Sun 24 April (2-4pm). Yes, they’re free to take part in, but spaces are limited and you need to book at the Library or by email to
So hurry, while there are still spaces!
These workshops form part of the St George’s Quarter festival – full information can be found in the flyer below:
Hope to see you there!

Summer play 2016: The Merchant of Venice – production team members wanted

Those who follow our Facebook group might have already seen the announcement that the Network Summer play for 2016 has now been decided: Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, to be directed by Lauren Steele.

Audition dates are still to be confirmed, so stay tuned for more news around March. In the meantime, the Merchant of Venice team is seeking some backstage talent:

“Calling all theatre enthusiasts! We need artists, carpenters, drivers, costume experts, make up specialists, Social media wizards and especially budding assistant Directors to help create something wonderful with our latest summer production of Merchant of Venice. If you feel that you can contribute something special to our team, please message us!”

Performance dates will be in mid to late July. If you are interested in being a part of the production team for Network’s summer play 2016, you can send a message via the Facebook page set up for the production or email

Exciting times!



The Picture of Dorian Gray in rehearsal

With rehearsals now in their third week for The Picture of Dorian Gray, the cast are feeling their way into the characters, themes and relationships within Oscar Wilde’s dark tale of a man who trades his soul for eternal youth and beauty.

Below are some impressions of the cast working on the first few scenes of the play (all photos by Rowan Dyer).

Liverpool Network Theatre Group’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray” will be performed at the Lantern Theatre on April 7th, 8th and 9th.


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Update: The Picture of Dorian Gray

Following our very well-attended audition on Monday 11th, director Elaine says:

“The Picture of Dorian Gray has now been cast. I was very impressed by the high standard of acting during the auditions and had some difficult decisions to make. Thank you to everyone who auditioned and please look out for audition calls for our next production. Thanks Elaine x”

Call for proposals – Summer 2016

More exciting NEWS!

We are now looking for proposals for Network’s summer show in 2016. The deadline for submitting initial proposals is 25th January and any proposals we receive will be reviewed at the committee’s next meeting on the same date (so please get your emails/messages in before 6pm).

Dates and venues are still to be confirmed at this point, but the performances typically take place towards the middle/end of July. Please bear in mind that the chosen show will be performed at several different venues, and will include outdoor performances!

If you do have an idea, then please submit your proposal to, including a few sentences about why you think this play would be a good choice and some initial ideas on staging. Both a director and production manager should be included on the proposal.

If you need any advice or have any questions, please feel free to get in touch before you submit. If you have any ideas for a smaller show outside of our usual April/July/October windows, we will be happy to hear from you. Send us an email and we can discuss your plans.

As we mentioned last time, if you have never directed for us before, the self-proclaimed Wicked Uncle of Network, Andy Kerr, has some entertaining and helpful tips which are embedded in this previous post:

Stay tuned for more details about proposals for the Autumn show, which will complete our line-up for a fun and productive Network-2016!

All the best from your friendly neighbourhood Network Comms team x


Network April 2016 Production: The Picture of Dorian Gray

Liverpool Network Theatre Group is delighted to announce that our next production will be Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, adapted by Neil Bartlett, to be staged at the Lantern on 7-9 April 2016 and directed by Elaine Stewart.

Auditions to be held in early January, with exact dates coming very soon. For everyone happier backstage, there will also be opportunities. Watch this space!

Network Christmas Revue!

Where have the last twelve months gone? It’s almost time for our CHRISTMAS REVUE!!!!! This once in a lifetime (OK, once in a year) event will take place upstairs at The Pilgrim pub from 7-9 p.m. next Tuesday.

Hosted by the magical Matt Wade and Matt Davies, it’s our annual shindig, where actors pretend to be reluctant to show off in front of their peers… and everyone gets too pissed to notice.

We are still looking for performers, so if you can dance, sing, act, beatbox, do impressions, hotwire a car or turn into an animal, this is your opportunity! Get in touch with Matt and get