Short films at the Playhouse Theatre
24th January 2006
The Playhouse Theatre played host to writers and residents of Liverpool
on Tuesday when they were invited to a private screening of five short
The films were written by and starred people of the Dovecot area of the
city and marked the culmination of the Dovetales project.
The project - headed by Everyman and Playhouse writer in residence Tony
Green - gave the inhabitants of Dovecot the chance to develop their writing
skills and unearth their hidden passion for the arts.
Dovetales - which was funded by Five and the Arts Council England - encouraged
the writers to discuss and document issues that were important to them
and their community.
Emphasis was placed on the participants finding their own voice through
the writing; the films dealt with issues such as self-exploration, debt
and domestic abuse.
The audience showed their appreciation with heart-felt applause after
the screening, which was then followed by a presentation to the five writers
and a speech by Tony Green.
Mr Green spoke of the richness of talent within the city and his hope
that the Dovetales project was just the start of the people of Liverpool
exploring themselves through writing.
He also spoke of his difficulty in choosing just five scripts to be recorded
by Hurricane Films and continued to praise the community spirit of those
whose work was not chosen.
The partnership between Five and the Arts Council is collectively known
as Fivearts cities and is dedicated to spotlighting the arts in the great
cities of England and enabling people to develop their own creativity.
Stephen Roberts, project manager of Fivearts cities, said: “Five
and Arts Council England are delighted with the way Liverpool has responded
to Fivearts cities and we are thoroughly enjoying working with the people
and arts venues of the city on such a pathfinding project.”
Fivearts cities has also published ‘The Treasures of Liverpool’
book which is a full colour guidebook to the cultural treasures of Liverpool
today, from the contemporary art scene to architectural highlights.