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The second issue of Everyman News, to keep you up to date with the redevelopment of Liverpool’s Everyman theatre.



    MARCH 2012

    BU i l d i ngBeg ins


    Front Row L-R: Ivor Wilson (Gilbert-Ash), Raymond Gilroy (Gilbert-Ash), Anthony Roberts (YEP), Whitney Suku (YEP),Kellie Smith (Writer)Back Row L-R: Steve Tompkins (Haworth Tompkins Architects), Laurence Wilson (Writer), Leanne Best (Actor)

    On Tuesday 31 January the official new Everyman Groundbreaking ceremonymarked the start of thebuilding work on site and launched the Everyone forthe Everyman public appeal.

    Everyman and Playhouse Artistic Director Gemma Bodinetz and Executive Director Deborah Aydon on groundbreaking day, 31 January 2012. Architect Steve Tompkins sketching the plans

    for the new Everyman on groundbreaking day, 31 January 2012.

    The crane arrives, 17 February 2012.

    View from the top of the crane.Groundbreaking day photographs by James Maloney / Liverpool ECHO

  • Many people have already donated through this appeal, joining us on the journey and becoming an integral part of the Everymans future. We would like to say thank you to each and every one of them (listed at www.everymanplayhouse.com/New Everyman Supporters) and invite others to come aboard.

    Together we can create a new world of possibility for brave and brilliant theatre in Liverpool.


    The groundbreaking on the previous pages was a hugely important milestone in the Everymans journey.

    Standing in the bare earth where the new stage will be; looking around at the space that will house the new Bistro; showing Young Everyman-Playhouse members where their own, dedicated space will be, made it possible to visualise the future in a new and powerful way.

    With this focus on the future, we launched the Everyone for the Everyman public appeal, to raise the final slice of funding needed to make the new Everyman, and everything

    that happens inside it, the best it can be.Importantly, this appeal is not only for the building: it will make it possible to establish a Talent Fund which we will invest in developing new plays and nurturing new talent in the coming years.

    The new theatre is not the end of the story; its the beginning. It will allow us to create and present plays in new ways; to involve many hundreds of young people; to bring community groups into the heart of the theatre, and to train and support the actors, writers, directors and craftspeople who will stimulate and delight us for decades to come.



    Thanks on our website and in a special Everyman launch publication

    A certificate and Everyman badge

    As above, and Regular updates on the construction of the

    new Everyman Regular updates on the impact of your

    support on the development of new work and new talent

    Priority booking for the opening season at the new Everyman

    As above, andAn invitation for two to an update event

    in 2013 and to the announcement of the Everymans opening season

    A chance to explore the new building before it opens to the public and meet some of our young artists

    As above, andThe opportunity to name or dedicate a

    seat in the new Everyman

    As above, andAn invitation for two to the official opening

    party for the new EverymanA limited edition print of the new building

    Every donation of whatever size

    100+ Or 4.17/month+

    250+ Or 10.42/month+

    500+ Or 20.83/month+

    1,000+ Or 41.67/month+

    HOW YOU cANPLAY YOUR PART By making a regular gift, monthly or

    annually for a minimum of two years

    By making a single donation By naming or dedicating a seat in the

    new Everyman

    Using Gift Aid will increase the value of your gift by 25%, at no cost to you, and all gifts up to the first 250,000 raised towards our work will be matched by the Esme Fairbairn Foundation.

    THe DIFFERENCE YOURSupport could make With 50 people giving 100 we could run a term-long schools

    programme and equip the new writers room.

    With 100 people giving 100 we could furnish the new dressing rooms and commission a new play.

    With 50 people giving 250 we could train a young technician and build the bar in the new Bistro.

    With 50 people giving 500 we could fit out the new costume workshop and create a new Young Everyman Playhouse production.

    With 50 people giving 1,000 we could support a young actors training and light up the Everyman with its iconic red sign.

    Call 0151 706 9124 Email donate@everymanplayhouse.com Visit www.everymanplayhouse.comOr pick up a leaflet from the Box Office





    The Monument Trust

    Garfield Weston Foundation

    Foyle Foundation

    The Johnson Foundation

    The Wolfson Foundation

    J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust

    The Granada Foundation

    The Oglesby Charitable Trust

    The Hemby Trust

    The J P Jacobs Charitable Trust

    The Oliver Stanley Charitable Trust

    AND EVERYONE WHO HAS SUPPORTED THE APPEAL SO FARwww.everymanplayhouse.com/NewEverymanSupporters

    Illustrations Haworth Tompkins

  • Portrait wall Portrait wall06 07

    ABOUT DAN KENYONDan Kenyon was born in Hull. After studying the History of Art and Photography at Sussex University, he worked in London as a photographer and Art Director. He assisted fashion photographers such as Michel Haddi, Pamela Hanson and Mario Testino and since embarking on his own career has worked with clients such as Orange, O2, Pfizer and BT and produced editorial work for The Guardian, Waitrose Food Illustrated, Cond Nast, Gourmet, Coast magazine and more recently Very.

    Dan has a number of portraits with the National Portrait Gallery Photographic Collection. His work for the 2008 book Liverpool: Sung & Unsung was showcased in the Creative Review Photography Annual. He is a visiting lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University, lectured at UCLAN, and presented in photography at FOCUS at Birmingham NEC. Dan lives in Crosby, North Liverpool with his wife and two children.


    HOW THE SHUTTERS will be madeThe images created by Dan Kenyon will be developed using pioneering technology to cut each shutter from aluminium plates. A series of test images have already been developed to manufacture sample shutter panels for a full size prototype (approx 800mm wide x 1900mm high).

    Original Photo Cutting Image Shutter Prototype

    the new Everymanportrait wall

    Over the coming months well be working on a photography project to create a portrait wall on the front of the new Everyman. The portrait wall will form the defining signature to the new building. The Everyman has always celebrated difference and individualism, and so it is that these shutters, etched with the very real portraits of very real people of this city caught in a moment in time, will be a poetic and witty expression not just of the name itself but of the very spirit of the theatre.

    Liverpool-based portrait photographer Dan Kenyon was appointed last year as the photographer for the project. A visiting lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University, Dan is well known for his 2008 book Liverpool: Sung and Unsung, 86 portraits of such diverse figures as Ken Dodd; former Chief Constable, Bernard Hogan-Howe; Speke Headteacher, Alan Smithies; and cultural historian of the Black Community and social campaigner, Dorothy Kuya. He said: This is a really exciting project for me as a photographer. My job is both to draw out the subjects personalities but also fulfill the technical and compositional requirements of the manufacturing process for each individual shutter.

    This beautiful faade, representing the people of Liverpool, will further encapsulate a building that truly will be an Everymanfor Everyone.

    Model showing the front of the new Everyman

    Were photographing 105 extraordinarypeople And we believe everyone is extraordinary. Gemma Bodinetz

    For more information call 0151 709 4776 or email: ev4everyone@everymanplayhouse.com


  • BURIED WELLTo the south east of the site on removing an old buried flagstone a brick well shaft was uncovered. Below a depth of about 6m the well was filled with rubble. The well was in exactly the position of one of the new pad foundations so we have had to amend the foundations in this area.

    In 2009 a desk-based archaeological assessment was undertaken by Archaeological Research Services that examined the potential for finds and the implications of the construction using the local records office and local studies library, various local and national records and archives as well as web sources. The resulting report examines the history of the site from the Prehistoric period through to modern times. Perched up on the sandstone ridge to the east of the Mersey, it seems the site was remote from much activity until the late 17th century and the report considered there was little likelihood of finds from before this time.

    The Merseyside Historic Environment Record identified a bowling green either very close to or within the actual development site in the early 1700s. A fascinating map regression taking us back from today to 1768 tells us more about the history of the site. Charles Eyes Map of Liverpool from 1785 1 actually identifies the bowling green partly within the site, to the north of a lane that bisected the site and is later identified as St Marys Lane. The 1800 Harding Map is the first to show any buildings within the site, believed in the report to be dwellings. More detail is apparent from 1803 with what appears to be a house

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