UK premiere tour of best-selling book to spend weekend at Parr Hall

The UK premiere tour of one of acclaimed author Helen Forrester’s best-selling books is to spend a weekend at Parr Hall.

By the Waters of Liverpool is the third instalment of Helen’s autobiographical collection which also includes Twopence to Cross the Mersey and Little Miss; the stage adaptation will take to the Parr Hall stage three times over the weekend of Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 March 2020.

Described by The Stage as “a big sweeping story of real emotion”, this is the powerful tale of Helen Forrester’s childhood and adolescence in poverty-stricken Liverpool during the 1930s.

Helen Forrester is 16 and fighting a bitter battle with her parents for the right to educate herself and go out to work.

During the Great Depression, Helen’s father lost his fortune when the stock market crashed and the family were suddenly thrown into poverty.

Leaving behind the nannies, servants and comfortable middle-class life in the South West of England, the Forrester’s chose Liverpool as the place to start over; they were in for a terrible shock.

Taken out of school to care for her younger brothers and sisters while her parents struggled to re-build their shattered lives, Helen is treated like an unpaid slave and is desperate to escape.

By 1939, now aged twenty and with Britain on the brink of war, she has never been kissed by a man.

But things start looking up for Helen when she meets a tall strong seaman and falls in love.

By the Waters of Liverpool also features flashbacks to Helen’s first two volumes of autobiography so newcomers will get a complete picture of her life.

Adapted by Rob Fennah and directed by Gareth Tudor Price, the stage play is fully authorised by the Helen Forrester estate.