Didn’t we have a lovely time the day we went to… Liverpool. Mary has close family connections to the newly refurbished (and Sterling prize winning) Everyman Theatre. That connection includes knowing the Chis Exec (Deborah) really well. So, along with seeing Fiddler on the Roof, we would also get shown around the theatre.
We drove up on Friday and went straight to ‘Another Place’ at Crosby. This is Anthony Gormley’s massive sculpture on the beach. One hundred steel Gormleys looking out to sea. We’ve been before, but that didn’t dampen the excitement. Most of the Gormleys are submerged at full tide – and they eerily rise from the water as the tide comes in. We got there at low tide and I was able to go almost half a mile to the waters edge and say hello to one of the furthest Gormleys, who looked pleased to be drying his knees.
We stayed in the Aachen Hotel (which is not in Aachen, but chosen by the originally military owner – who served in Germany – so it would be first in Yellow Pages. Remember those?). It’s a blog on its own. We chose it because it had walls and was cheap. Little did we know that it was as idiosyncratic as Dali painting. But it did have walls, was cheap and served a huge breakfast.
Before a tour of of the theatre (thanks – Deborah. We got the full one-hour tour followed by supper) and Fiddler on the Roof (which was fab-u-lous) we walked Liverpool in the pouring rain. We did the Tate and saw Tracy Emin’s bed. Yeah, I’m not sure I get that, in fact I’m not sure I get much in the Tate. But I am a philistine. Then the Walker gallery, which was much more up my street. But for me the highlight was Hope University’s marketing double-decker bus, which opened at the side, and out poured a student covers-rock band. C and Mary continued shopping whilst I tapped my feet to four students bringing happiness to lots of shoppers. Many of whom danced in the rain. Brill.
And, as I write, I am 2 scenes from completing the screenplay. I will print it out today, and next week I shall run a ruler over it. It will be with my director chap next weekend. One month ahead of schedule. Hurrah!
Hope your weekend was as fun as ours!