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Stags & Hens in its 30th year 2008 at the Liverpool Royal Court

Photo Credit: Dave Evans

Photo Credit: Dave Evans

Photo Credit: Dave Evans

Photo Credit: Dave Evans

Photo Credit: Dave Evans

Photo Credit: Dave Evans

Photo Credit: Dave Evans
With thanks to The Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool

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Stags & Hens - The Remix...

The Remix
The idea of Stags & Hens - The Remix, began when former Everyman Theatre director Bob Eaton came to Liverpool to direct the comedy, Brick Up the Mersey Tunnels, at the Royal Court. He and Willy are old pals and met up for supper where Eaton suggested Willy Russell do something for the Court, now being run by Kevin Fearon, who had also worked at the Everyman.

Bob Eaton suggested Stags and Hens, Russell’s comedy from 1978, first staged at the Everyman, about stag and hen parties meeting up in a club. Russell realised it was 30 years old and doubtful about it, but took a look at his old script.

He thought it was fine but needed an overhaul. So he has done a rewrite keeping it to the period. He calls it a remix version. “It was like a music recording, you develop the bass line, maybe put the treble back and add a couple of new drum lines. It is also told at a much faster 21st-century pace. “Thirty years ago, one told stories at a different pace and moments that held audiences back then now seem like longeurs.” extracts taken from an interview with Philip Key - Liverpool Daily Post

The Play

The action takes place in the Gents and Ladies loos of a tacky Liverpool club, Bransky's, where Dave and Linda (bride and groom-to-be) have decided, unbeknownst to each other, to hold their stag and hen parties.

Linda runs into her old boyfriend, Peter, a musician with a single climbing up the pop charts, but who is back in Liverpool on this particular night - playing a gig at Branskys.

Whilst entering the club, Dave, in a drunken stupor, becomes ill from the indian curry he ate (washed down with a copious mix of cider and Guiness) and spends the remainder of the evening (and the play) in the Gents, with his head down the lavatory bowl!

His mates, including Kas, and gang leader Eddie decide to take the law into their own hands when they suspect that Linda has developed a crush on Peter and may be having second thoughts about marrying Dave.

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Photo Credit: Dave Evans
Photo Credit: Dave Evans
 

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