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Preview: By The Waters of Liverpool at Darlington Hippodrome


Liverpool Play Returns To The Stage


Helen Forrester’s play By The Waters of Liverpool is coming to Darlington Hippodrome in September.


By The Waters of Liverpool

Darlington Hippodrome

Wednesday 15th - Thursday 16th September 2021


The acclaimed stage production of Helen Forrester’s By The Waters Of Liverpool was cut short last March after just three venues into a seventeen venue tour; but now producers have announced the continuation of their UK tour in Autumn 2021.


Sian Reeves and Mark Moraghan as Mother and Father

Writer and Co-producer Rob Fennah said: “When we launched By The Waters Of Liverpool last year the response was so overwhelming we were determined not to let the pandemic get the better of us. We have a mantra when things get tough, ‘don’t give up – don’t give in!’


“By The Waters is not only returning to the stage in September, it is going to be bigger, bolder and more glorious than ever.”


Co-producer Bill Elms added: “With the vaccine roll-out going so well, we can now see the light at the end of a dark tunnel for the theatre industry and we just hope people will feel safe enough to come back in their droves; embracing theatre and live performance more than ever before.”


Roy Carruthers, Lucy Dixon and Mark Moraghan

The stellar cast featured star names from stage and screen, including Sian Reeves, Mark Moraghan, Parry Glasspool, Lucy Dixon, Eric Potts, Lynn Francis, Danny O’Brien, Roy Carruthers, and Chloe McDonald.


By The Waters Of Liverpool is set in the 1930s after Helen’s father went bankrupt during the Depression. Her family were forced to leave behind the nannies, servants and comfortable middle-class life in the South West of England. The Forrester’s chose Liverpool to rebuild their shattered lives, but they were in for a terrible shock. Taken out of school to look after her young siblings, Helen is treated as an unpaid slave. So begins a bitter fight with her parents for the right to go out to work and make her own way in life. But by 1939 and with Britain on the verge of war, Helen now aged 20, has still never been kissed by a man. But things start looking up for her when she meets a tall strong seaman and falls in love.


Photos: Anthony Robling



By The Waters of Liverpool runs at Darlington Hippodrome on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 September. For full details or to book please visit

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