Liverpool Pride Festival Main Saturday Programme
Sonia, Mason Noise And Lucy Spraggan Headline The Main Festival Day
Organisers of Liverpool Pride Festival 2016 revealed their full programme of entertainment last night at the official press launch at the city’s Epstein Theatre, for the main Festival day on Saturday, 30th July which runs across three stages.
Taking up its new position in the St George’s Quarter, from 1pm to 9pm, The Festival will host a full day of entertainment – with something for everyone whether its great music or classic burlesque that floats your boat. There will also be drag queens, comedy, dance, choirs, swing and all that jazz!
Hosted by Claire Simmo from Radio City 2, last night’s event had speeches from Liverpool Pride trustees Zoran Blackie and Joan Burnett, DC Tracy OHara, Chair of Merseyside Police LGBT network. There were also taster performances by Phoenix and Destiny from the cast of The Ruby Slippers and young singer Eleanor Nelly,both of which are appearing in the line-up. The Epstein Theatre was a fitting venue to host the event with Brian Epstein being a Liverpool Icon, which happens to be this year’s theme.
We’ve never stopped loving her and headlining the main Festival Stage will be Liverpool’s very own queen of pop Sonia! She will be joined by X Factor bad boy Mason Noise who will be whipping the crowd into a frenzy and also former X Factor contestant Lucy Spraggan with her own brand of original songs blending a mixture of acoustic, folk and hip hop with her heartfelt lyrics and quirky sense of humour. Eurovision’s Karl William Lundand Welsh singer songwriter Christopher Haul also perform the main stage.
The line-up also includes Rupaul’s Drag Race UK Ambassador – The Vivienne, Girl Talk, Butch Boiz, Jo Samuels, Miss Stylie, Darren Suarez, Beth Sherburn, Dorian Reyland, The Lotharios and Clare Sophia.
Meanwhile, a plethora of fabulous acts will take to the Plateau Stage including The Martini Lounge, The Ruby Slippers drag queens Destiny and Phoenix, Trash Bang Love, Sing Me Merseyside, Emma McGann, George Gallagher, Alan Cross and the Snazzy Swing Band and Gerry Potter.
For the first time, Liverpool Pride is supported by Awards for All to host a dedicated Find Your Pride Youth Zone. Pride has partnered with GYRO, Brook Wirral and The Action Youth Trans* project to provide a day of support and activities for people under 25.
Head over to St John's Gardens between 1-6pm and visit the Find Your Pride Marquee - events include content from GYRO and Action Youth, Wirral Brook's Working It Out, The What's Our Pride Story writers and the Garden Stage will host a full music programme throughout the day featuring Splintered Uke, Jack Woodward, Anthony O’Sullivan and Eleanor Nelly.
The YPAS Building by GYRO and Action Youth offers a safe space to ensure all LGBT+ young people have somewhere to go to think and be themselves in a supported environment. There will be workshops and social events throughout the day.
Throughout the day, the St George’s Quarter will come alive with the sound of music from Batala Mersey –Samba Reggae Drumming Band and the Ukulele Club.
And if all this entertainment makes you thirsty, head to the Champagne Bar for a well-deserved glass of fizz or a cocktail or two at the Plateau Beach Bar. And for a bite to eat, head to the Food Village and sample the wares of the Artisan Food Traders or try some Themed Street Food!
Lucy Day, Chair of Liverpool Pride Festival, said: “We're delighted to be working with a wide range of cultural partners and sponsors who have helped us to put together an exciting and different programme of entertainment for this year's festival, it is now two days and it is absolutely free. This year's Liverpool Pride festival has something for everyone, it is looking to be the best Pride to date and we look forward to entertaining the crowds.”
Liverpool Pride Festival 2016 offers a week-long programme of activity which culminates with a two-day event on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July. It takes place in a new, more prominent position in the St George’s Quarter and features the well-established Liverpool Pride March on the Saturday.
The ‘We Are Family’ day on the Sunday is the latest addition to Liverpool Pride Festival 2016 which creates a festival atmosphere for all the family to enjoy. Other new initiatives for 2016 include LOOK’s Liverpool Icons, a photography exhibition in Liverpool ONE; ‘What’s Your Pride Story’ in partnership with Writing On The Wall;‘Dress With Pride’ to encourage customer facing businesses to dress up during the week of Pride to help raise funds for the Liverpool Pride charity; and ‘Come Out Of The Shadows’, a campaign to see the city’s iconic venues lit in the Pride rainbow colours in a bid to make Liverpool the most visibly LGBT friendly city in the UK, this is supported by the Police Commissioner’s Fund as a Hate Crime initiative.
As always, the festival coincides with the anniversary of murdered gay teenager Michael Causer, who tragically lost his life on 2 August 2008. The Liverpool Pride festival was specifically created in his memory as a way to celebrate his life and to empower the LGBT communities.
Liverpool Pride Festival is now a key highlight in the city’s Summer events programme, attracting more than 25,000 people each year to attend, take part and support the annual LGBT festival.
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Liverpool Pride 2016 Media Partner: Radio City
The Ruby Slippers Steps Into St Helens!
Love is a drag in the new comedy play which steps in to St Helens Theatre Royal this Autumn
Following its sell-out debut run in Liverpool, the exciting new comedy play The Ruby Slippers is coming to St Helens Theatre Royal for one night only and tickets are on sale now.
The Ruby Slippers is a play about love, friendship, identity and prejudice within the LGBT community, taking theatregoers on a rollercoaster of emotions. The show will run at St Helens Theatre Royal, on Thursday, 3rd November 2016.
Raz is on top of the world, owner of his paradise Blackpool drag club, The Ruby Slippers. He has met Ryan, the man of his dreams, however all is not as it seems. Business is poor and a rival club has opened which threatens to not only steal Raz’s customers but also his star acts, Drag Queens Phoenix and Destiny. Also Ryan has a secret that will change everything.
The two-act comedy drama comes from writers Emma Culshaw and David Paul and directed by Mark Heller, it explores a subject rarely seen on the theatre stage.
Writers Emma Culshaw and David Paul commented: “When creating The Ruby Slippers our main aim was to write an honest story that showed the highs and lows of being in love when there are difficult obstacles to cross. The play also tackles transgender issues and we hope audiences enjoy what we have set out to achieve, by creating a play full of compassion, humour and outrageous one-liners but with a strong underlying message.”
The talented cast is led by James Rogerson as Raz and Jamie Paul as Ryan, they are joined by Debra Redcliffe (Helen), Emma Vaudrey (Laura), Owen Richard Farrow (Destiny) and Jordan Simms (Phoenix).
The show is created by Break A Leg Production in association with Bill Elms.
Co-producer Bill Elms said “It has been a pleasure to follow the journey of this show from the page through to the stage, and watching the audience reaction to a great piece of accessible work. I believe this show will go far, it has all the elements for a great night out at the theatre, a great script, great comedy and most of all a great storyline. I am delighted to be a part of its growth, I know that audiences in St Helens are going to love it.”
Raz is hopelessly in love with his flat mate and barman, Ryan. The feeling is mutual. However, Ryan has a secret, known only by his mother Helen, who supports her son’s decision and encourages him to tell Raz the whole truth.
So put on your high heels, slap on your lipstick and get ready to strut your stuff down at The Ruby Slippers for a riotous, glamourous, comical, yet emotional evening where the power of love is tested and the truth is about to be revealed.
“A riotous night of entertainment for all… dynamic, accessible and unique theatre… extremely entertaining” North West End
“An important piece of writing for the LGBT community” Seen Magazine
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THE RUBY SLIPPERS
St Helens Theatre Royal
Thursday, 3 November 2016 – 7.30pm
Tickets £19.50 (concessions available)
1 in 10 goes free
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