Presented by Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse
Written By Jeff Young
Directed by Serdar Bilis
3rd October - 25th October 2014
Photograph by Jonathan Keenan
This compelling production is Jeff Young's heartfelt tribute to Liverpool
and its people, possessing a distinct sense of genuine love for the city.
To be honest I did not easily spot the references made to particular
genres and artistic creations, but apparently there are nods pertaining
to Moulin Rouge, Sondheim and Lord Of The Flies.
There is a surreal and intoxicating quality to Bright Phoenix, constantly
switching from one LSD-like trip to another. Fascinating to behold.
Lime Street and the old Futurist cinema are the epitome of the wanton
neglect inflicted on Lime Street, by so-called town planners, as well
as other areas, including parts of Garston, Speke and along Smithdown
Road. I could easily add to this list!
Lucas Firebright (Paul Duckworth) is the scouser returning to his roots
after twenty years away, having travelled around several parts of the
world, re-uniting, of sorts!, with his old gang of outsiders, street urchins
and those who live(d) on the edge of mainstream society.
They don't all welcome him back with open arms - some are hostile to
him, - particularly his ex-lover Lizzie Flynn (Penny Layden).
There is a distinct dream-like essence in the presentation, with a series
of switches from times past to contemporary days.
The grown-ups now represent themselves as children of yesteryear, which
Notable is the winged Alan 'Icarus' Flynn (Carl Au). Icarus flew too
close to the sun, according to Greek mythology. He reminded me of the
central character in the film 'Birdy'.
The inclusion of snippets of the film 'A Matter Of Life And Death', starring
David Niven, is bewitching, with the children watching it at the old Futurist,
with one of them reciting some of the dialogue of Niven as he prepares
Another top- notch production at the new Everyman.