With KEEP YOUR EYES DOWN and SAM O SHANKER, PLAYGROUND formed the triple bill, BLIND SCOUSE.
KEEP YOUR EYES DOWN, a fifty minute play, was first performed at St. Katherine’s College by the college drama society in December 1971, for their annual production. The Liverpool Echo reviewed the play. The work formed the basis for Willy’s later tv play, ‘ The Boy with the Transistor Radio’.
SAM O SHANKER was also produced at St. Katherines College, Liverpool the next year.
The success of KEEP YOUR EYES DOWN prompted the college drama group Cateysaints to present the play at the Fringe at Edinburgh Festival in August 1972.
The publicity stunt in Princess Gardens, Edinburgh.
BLIND SCOUSE first produced at St. Katherine's College and then at the Edinburgh Fringe - The Rifle Lodge, Broughton Terrace in 1972. The production was seen and admired in Edinburgh by John McGrath who was then instrumental in getting Willy his first professional commission for the Liverpool Everyman Company, then under the directorship of Alan Dossor.
...and in the streets of Edinburgh.
Willy Russell took the part of the Narrator in Sam O Shanker