Single performances of ‘A Role’ cancelled

Please note that, due to casting difficulties, the single performances of ‘A Role’ on Friday 15 (12:00pm) and Saturday 16 (12:30pm) have been cancelled. All other shows will go ahead as scheduled.

For the ‘Scouse and a Show – the Cult of Celebrity’ evening on the 13th April at Fruit and Fibres, it is planned that a directed reading of ‘A Role’ will be performed – this will be a script-in-hand presentation. ‘The Reluctant Celebrity’ will be presented as a fully staged play as planned. Those who have already bought tickets on line, please contact us either via EventBrite or the contact form.

Page to Stage apologises for any inconvenience or confusion that this has caused.


The North-West’s only festival of new writing for theatre launched at the weekend with two week run of previously unproduced plays.

Supported by local celebrities such as John McArdle, Pauline Daniels and Simon O’Brien, the not-for-profit festival showcases eight one act plays over the course of two beginning 4 April. Historical fantasy, care-giving, celebrity, and dystopian futures are some of the subjects covered.Page-to-Stage-plus-YEAR-Facebook

Appearing in venues across the city including The Treasurehouse (World Museum), Zanzibar Club, Ship & Mitre Pub, Quaker Meeting House, and The Small Cinema in Victoria Street, the eight plays will perform five times during the festival. The last four nights will feature “Scouse and Show” themed double bills plus all-you-can-eat scouse at the Fruit and Fibres Canteen in the Baltic Triangle.

The festival began early on Sunday evening with a launch event that featured live trailers of most of the shows at the Zanzibar in Liverpool City Centre.

Issues covered include problems faced by carers of the elderly and autistic children, the cult of celebrity, historical fantasy/time travel and dystopian future

For further details about the shows including ticket information visit Plays section.

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Local Celebrities support Page to Stage

Liverpool celebrities have expressed their support for Liverpool and the North West’s only festival dedicated to showcasing new stage writing talent.

Actress and Comedienne, Pauline Daniels; Brookside Actor, John McArdle; Corrie Actress, Pauline Flemming; Poet and Playwright, Roger McGough; Actor Joe McGann; Historian, writer and radio presenter Frank Carlysle, have all offered support for Page to Stage festival, while one of the plays is directed by Emma Bird (Casualty’s Maxine Price)

Page To Stage is a festival of new writing for theatre running from 3rd to 17th April. Showcasing eight new plays from non-professional playwrights over two weeks, it gives new and emerging writers valuable experience in producing, casting and staging their own plays under the guidance of the festival director

“I believe in nurturing new talent” explains organiser John McArdle. “A festival like this is the ideal place for new writing and new productions”.

Actress Pauline Daniels added “It is imperative that something as important as Page To Stage Festival happens here.

“Merseyside and the North West are renowned for their wealth of talent”

Each play is performed five times in a variety of venues around the city centre,” giving the writers experience of touring their work in the relatively safety of a festival.”

John launched the festival back in September 2014 as Liverpool’s answer to Manchester’s 24:7 following the demise of the four-year-old Write Now Festival. “It just didn’t feel right leaving such a vacuum” explains John. “Where would be the outlet for new writing in Liverpool? And what about all the missed opportunities for actors, directors and stage crew?”

With 24:7’s recent announcement that they will no longer run as a festival, Page To Stage is left as the only such festival of new writing in the North West.

“Our Gift” is a play about the difficulties of grandparents caring for a severely autistic teenager. “A particularly poignant piece for autism awareness week,” said John. At the other end of the caring spectrum, “Bricks” deals with two sisters’ disagreements about the care of their aging father.

Celebrity culture is covered by “A Role”, when an actor decides to shadow a career criminal to research a part, while a father becomes an internet sensation when his son videos his heart attack in “A Reluctant Celebrity”.

Visions of dystopian futures are provided by the Orwellian “Welcome to Paradise Road” where Neighbourhood Watch really does watch the neighbours and dissidents disappear overnight, while a married couple in “An Everyday Apocalypse” fight for the survival of their relationship from the zombies knocking on the door.

The fantasy dramas, “Chamber of Beheaded Queens” and “Truly Exotic” add an historical element to the festival. Four Queens meet up in an afterlife chamber and discuss their various stories and beheadings while a time travelling trouble maker meets one of Elizabeth’s courtiers recently returned from exotic lands.

“A number of venues are on board,” says John, “Including the Zanzibar, Ship and Mitre, Small Cinema, Quaker Meeting House and The Treasurehouse Theatre in the World Museum; who knew about that one?”

In addition to these, there are four “Scouse and Show” double-bill evenings at Fruit and Fibres Canteen with all-you-can-eat scouse thrown in.

The festival begins on Sunday 4 April with a secret launch event. Further details and ticket information are on the website –

The final words go to John McArdle – “I wish John Mc and his team the best of luck with it and hope it’s a huge success.” – and Pauline Daniels, “please support this festival WE NEED IT!”

Frank Carlyle Show and a Competition

John and Andrea, our Festival and Marketing Directors, were interviewed on the Frank Carlyle Show on Mersey Radio this Sunday. They discussed the Launch Event on the 3rd April, and the plays themselves. Get it on catch-up here.

At the same time, we announced a competition for a free full-festival ticket, with the details here.

Volunteers Needed

Page to Stage is back for 2016 and we’re looking for people to get involved with Merseyside’s biggest celebration of new writing. From April 3rd to April 17th, six venues across Liverpool will host a diverse range of brand new one-act-plays, as well as workshops, talks and panel discussions to accompany them.

We are looking for people to get involved in the following roles…

  • FRONT OF HOUSE VOLUNTEERS to help us organise the box office and act as ushers for the performance (and you’ll get to see the shows for free!)
  • ADMIN ASSISTANT for proof reading, sending out emails, inputting data and other general admin tasks
  • WEBMASTER to continue to develop our website before, during and after the festival
  • LIGHTING TECHNICIAN to help out during the performances

If you’d like to get involved and make new connections (or just watch some new theatre for free!) fill out our contact form here.

Participants in Page to Stage 2016

After a considerable deliberation, we are pleased to announce that in the Page to Stage Festival 2016, we will be presenting submissions from these writers.

  • Brian Coyle – Brian has been writing drama for around five years. Last year his full length play ‘The Reckoning’ was shortlisted for the 24:7 Theatre Festival in Manchester and had a rehearsed reading to industry guests in London. He’s had numerous short plays and one-act plays professionally performed over the last three years in London, Bristol and Bath, and won a couple of natiional playwriting competitions i.e. The British Theatre Challenge in 2014 for his one-act play ‘The Proposition’ and Pint Sized Plays in 2015. ‘Welcome To Paradise Road’ was shortlisted for the Bread and Roses Playwriting Competition in 2015.
  • Clarke McWilliam – Clarke’s scripts have been performed at various theatres around Manchester, including The Royal Exchange and the Contact Theatre. Keep it in the Family, a comedy about incest, was a runner-up in the BBC’s ‘Dangerous Comedy’ competition. He recently had a short script produced as part of the BBC’s Turn Up The Talent night at Media City and a monologue performed at The Bolton Octagon’s Best of Bolton evening.
  • Thomas Oléron Evans – Thomas Oléron Evans spends every scrap of free time he can find writing plays for stage and audio (at least, that’s what he would like you to believe) and hopes to have them all produced one day. During the week, he gives lectures in Mathematics at University College London, which makes life a little complicated, since he actually lives in Strasbourg, France.
  • KT Parker – KT Parker writes screenplays, plays, novels, children’s stories and blogs. History, both local and national, has long been a passion and source of inspiration. Her sweet spot is storytelling based on or inspired by true stories, particularly those showcasing women and marginalised voices, as well as literary adaptations with a twist. Recently, she won the period/historical drama category of the Final Draft “Big Break” contest and has won or placed in numerous other screenwriting competitions. “The Chamber Of Beheaded Queens” is her first play.
  • Robertino Patilea – Robertino Patilea has a full feature scriptwriting to his name (“Monies, cons and bones”) and two playwriting prizes (“The perfect democracy” and “The S industry”) – all in another language. “A role” is his first foray into writing in English.
  • Andrew Rimmer – Andrew Rimmer is a member of Liverpool Lantern Theatre’s Writers Development Group where two short plays have been performed at ‘scratch nights’ which are under development to be full length productions. His hour-long play ‘Follow/Unfollow’ exploring the rise of YouTube vloggers was in fringe festivals in Manchester, Buxton and Liverpool in July 2015.
  • Michael Rumney – Michael Rumney has had short plays performed as part of the 24:7 scratch night evenings. He has worked with Organised Chaos with their Chaotic Combinations performances writing two monologues and two duologues, one of which Hilltop was voted the best by the audience in 2011. In 2014 his short play Inference was performed at the King’s Arms Salford as part of the Organised Chaos Perspectives Programme. A rehearsed reading of his play Quantum was performed at the King’s Arms in February 2015. He has also had two sketches on the TV programme, Shoot the Writers.
  • Frank Swannak – Frank Swannack obtained a PhD in English Renaissance Literature from the University of Salford in 2010. He writes stories and plays set in the Elizabethan period, and is currently working on a themed short story collection under the working title ‘Elizabethan Nightmares’. He has published poetry and stories in a wide variety of magazines and anthologies.