Trouble for Lonely Hearts Beatles fan in new play at Unity

Internet dating meets Beatlemania in comedy drama ‘SHAKE IT UP BABY’ a new play coming to Liverpool on September 23 and 24th.

Writer Suzan Holder’s show tells the story of Beatles mad Beverley who is pushing fifty and wants a real man to share her life … and her love of the Fab Four. The results are both disastrous and hilarious.

Suzan has previously worked as a journalist, TV producer and theatre director. She was series producer of ITV daytime show Loose Women and produced comedy theatre productions for Brendan O’Carroll (BBC TV’S Mrs Brown’s Boys)

Suzan says: “The play explores life, love and lonely hearts in the suburbs of Liverpool. Bev has always been a good girl and not taken too many risks but when she joins an online dating agency she is really stretching herself out of her comfort zone. The play looks at whether it’s brave, or foolish to ‘shake things up’ in your life.”

The play is being shown as part of the Ticket to Write Festival, which is held annually in Liverpool and features plays with a Beatles connection. Sharing the bill is a play called ‘Drums Along the Mersey’ by Pete Harrison it tells the story of original Beatles drummer Pete Best.

Based in Cheshire, Suzan ran her own business, Dramarama, for ten years teaching drama to children. Her original scripts for shows she wrote and directed for a local youth drama group have sold to theatre companies all over the world.
She is married, with one son, Django, 21, who graduated this summer from LIPA, the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, with a degree in Sound Technology.

An early version of ‘Shake It Up Baby’ was performed in Manchester last year to sell out audiences and rave reviews. It won the North West Theatre Best New Play award.
Suzan says: “The play has been tweaked and improved since then and we have recast with Liverpool based actors for the Unity Theatre showcase. I’m excited to bring it to Liverpool where the story takes place. I think it will appeal to anyone who has ever tried internet dating, or knows someone who has…and Beatles fans, of course! “

“Suzan Holder has delivered a smartly written and observant character comedy which showcases a distinctive voice. Her experience in the world of sensationalist journalism bristles just below the surface .” Review: Julia Banim (ThreeMinuteTheatre)

The play is being produced and directed by LIPA graduates Max Emmerson and Francesca Goodridge who recently brought SHOUT! The Mod Musical to The Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool.


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