dolls imageHand in Hand Theatre Productions is a not-for-profit organisation set-up by writer/director Bev Clark. Our aims are to bring performance art to local communities and to work in partnership with others to produce new and original Theatre Events.

Latest news

August 2016 Liverpool St Georges Hall
July 2016 BAY TV, NDFA, St Georges Hall.
May 2016 Winners of Leverhulme & AETF Northern Semi Finals
April 2016 R.I.P Mr Shakespeare tour begins...
March 2016 Cast List for our latest production
February 2016 The Black Eyes premiere in Birmingham
January 2016 About our next production - R.I.P. Mr Shakespeare
Oct 2015  TheatreFest15
Sept 2015 Valerie Marshall Obituary go to news page 
Aug 2015 A new website is now offering some of Bev's original scripts for licence. go to news page

photo by Tristan Mullany (WAPS)

"A triumphant celebration of clowning and physical theatre"


★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Peter Grant

"I literally had goosebumps"

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Alan Harbottle

"such stuff as dreams are made on"

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Budge Grounsell

"Fun,  frivoulous & littered with dark humour"

Natalie Denny
Urbanista UK

"An affectionate and humourous tribute to the Bard"

Colin Sergent
Nerve Magazine.

Just some of the glowing 5 star reviews we have received.
Thank You.

Please follow the links below to read the reviews in full.

Hot of the stage - Wirral actors hand in hand for slick tribute to Shakespeare - Peter Grant - Wirral Globe

R.I.P Mr Shakespeare - St George's Hall Liverpool - Alan Harbottle - North West End.

R.I.P Mr Shakespeare at St George's Hall - Natalie Denny - Urbanista UK

R.I.P Mr Shakespeare Review - Colin Sergent - Nerve Magazine

Farewell. Farewell ….

Our revels now are ended.

After months of rehearsals and putting on the grease paint Hand in Hand Theatre are hanging up their clown hats, silly shoes and neck ruffs after winning 7 trophies, appearing at both the AETF Final and the NDFA All Winners Final, receiving 5 star reviews and many, many tributes for this colourful cavalcade of clowning-about with Shakespeare…it’s time for a “little sleep”.

We have performed  R.I.P. Mr Shakespeare at The World Museum Liverpool, Central library Wallasey, Melrose Hall Hoylake, twice at The Gladstone Theatre Port Sunlight, Norden Farm Art centre Maidenhead and Hertford theatre, Hertford and finally at St George’s Hall Liverpool.

The large ensemble cast are now off to pursue other dreams

Well, that’s such stuff as we are made on…

Many thanks to all of you who supported us.

Bev Clark

Artistic Director

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News Roundup: BAY TV, NDFA, St Georges Hall

The last performance of RIP Mr Shakespeare will be at the prestigious Concert room in St George's Hall Liverpool.

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Thursday 11th August at 7.30PM Tickets

Before that we are off to Hertford to perform in the All Winners Final of the National Drama Festival on Sunday 31st July.

Stop press - See us on BAY TV Theatre and Arts programme Wednesday 13th JULY at 9.30PM with repeats throughout the week.

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Crowdfunding Page


thank you to HOYLAKE AND WEST KIRBY ROUNDTABLE for their generous support and to all the people who donated on our just giving page.

we have reached 550 to date to help us on our journey to Maidenhead 4th June  ... and hopefully other finals in July.

Our Story

Our community theatre group has been delivering original, innovative award winning theatre projects since 2008 on Wirral Merseyside. Last month we won the preliminary round of the All England Theatre Festival as Merseyside winners and then faced five winning teams from across the north and won again to becoming the Northern champions.

We now go to the English Final in Maidenhead in June, If we win there it's off to Cardiff for the British Finals and we are also hoping to to the ALL WINNERS final of the national drama festival in Hertfordshire at the end of July. We need to fund our journey and accommodation so we can bring back the silverware for the north!

Thank you so kindly for those who have donated so far. If you wish to make a donation, please visit  the following link

Just Giving page for Hand In Hand Theatre Productions.

Winners of Leverhulme Theatre Festival & AETF Semi-Finals

HAND IN HAND THEATRE are delighted to have won the Northern final of the All England Theatre Festival and are now off to ENGLISH FINAL in Maidenhead in June.

Well done to the other five semi-finalist teams.

Last weekend Hand In Hand Theatre won the Leverhulme Theatre Festival and then returned to the Gladstone Theatre to represent Merseyside in the AETF Semi - Finals.

Part of the RSC OPEN STAGES in this the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death,  this  mad cap whirlwind of Shakespearean  plays, characters and quotes in a " visual and aural feast" likened to a mix of Reduced Shakespeare, horrible histories and cirque du Soleil - cant get any madder than that!

A 16 strong cast clown their way through this clever, inventive and entertaining piece.

All England Theatre Festival Celebration
trophies AETF
Hand In Hand Theatre Winners
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Photos from the winning performance of R.I.P Mr Shakespeare

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R.I.P. Mr Shakespeare tour promos - Shakespeare Solos

R.I.P. Mr Shakespeare Tour opens with free preview at the Treasure House Theatre, World Museum Liverpool 

treasure house theatre free preview rip mr shakespeare

R.I.P. Mr Shakespeare previews at the world museum this Sunday at 2pm. This is a free event with collections taken for Pancreatic Cancer UK.

Then we go onto Melrose Hall Hoylake 16th April and Gladstone Theatre Port Sunlight 22nd April as part of Leverhulme Festival.

Tickets for those events are available from Tickets Wirral and The Gladstone Theatre.

Go along and support us and the other acts it is sure to be an entertaining festival.

See our events page for more details and flyers.

A NEW PRODUCTION - R.I.P. Mr Shakespeare

Shakespeare 400 RIP Mr Shakespeare Hand In Hand Theatre Productions

23rd April 2016 sees the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and across the world theatre companies, local groups, schools and many other organisations will be celebrating with performances of his work or Shakespeare-themed productions.

The RSC will be touring A Midsummer Night’s Dream and working with amateur groups and local schools across the UK. Hand in Hand Theatre have been involved with the RSC Open Stages project since 2012 when they presented After The Dream - a modern sequel to A Midsummer Night’s Dream and again in 2015 when they presented a highly imaginative and visual version of The Winter’s Tale.

They have worked with RSC facilitators and performed at both Stratford upon Avon and Contact Theatre Manchester. Director Bev Clark was also mentored under the Open Stages scheme for a year. R.I.P. Mr Shakespeare is a light-hearted homage to the Bard using both his text and modern day language in a stylised ensemble piece of theatre.

The project started life in devised workshops and from those initial ideas Bev and designer Keith Hill put together a script. This new play is dedicated to the memory of Val Marshall who sadly died in 2015 but had been a leading actress and stage designer for the company.

Next Production - R.I.P. Mr Shakespeare

Hand in Hand Theatre have had a short break since their last performance in August at RSC Open stages and our next production R.I.P. Mr Shakespeare will start rehearsals in November for performances in April 2016 including The Leverhulme Drama Festival at Port Sunlight.

This new play will be dedicated to the memory of Val Marshall.

Val Marshall

Valerie Marshall as Paulina in The Winter's Tale

It is with the greatest sadness we have to report the death of our beautiful and talented friend and fellow actor Val Marshall who has performed with Hand in Hand Theatre since 2011.

Val lost her short battle with cancer on 31st August 2015 but leaves a treasured memory for all of us.

A much-loved wife, mother, grand-mother and teacher Val was a fine actress and amazing artist. She lit up a room with a smile and it was such a pleasure spending time with her. We are all devastated by her loss.

Val played the part of Iris Bentley is our production of Bentley: Road to Justice 2011, for which she was nominated for Best Actress. In 2012 she played Mia in After the Dream for RSC open stages. In 2013 she made a guest appearance in A Very Victorian Christmas. In 2014 she appeared in Forgotten Voices as part of the Festival of War Peace Remembrance and her finally performance was as Paulina in The Winter’s Tale for RSC open stages again - a part she really loved.

It was our privilege to have her as one of our company. She will be forever in our thoughts.

Hand In Hand Theatre selected for National Showcase at RSC OpenStages

Autolycus Ballads

Photo: WAPS

In February Hand in Hand Theatre performed their production of The Winter’s Tale described as imaginative, inspirational and original at the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton.

A cast of nearly 50 performers, dancers and musicians delighted audiences in this large 800 seater state of the art theatre over three performances.

In June, a group of the actors performed a short scene at the Regional Showcase for Open stages at Contact Theatre Manchester where all the northern groups got together to present their work. Hand in Hand Theatre were then selected to perform at Stratford upon Avon on the RSC stage as part of the National showcase on 9th August.

So the cast are getting out their costumes and props to present an extract once more and are excited at the prospect of treading such prestigious boards even if it is for just a short while. Director Bev Clark said “We are so delighted to be taking part in this event. In 2012 we were part of Open stages with After the Dream an original modern sequel to A Midsummer Night’s Dream and then we were so pleased to be part of the project for 2014-2015. Our Winter’s Tale was a highly visual piece with music and dance. The scene we are showcasing is when Autolycus the rogue meets the Clown for the first time. “

Tickets are available for the event from RSC Open Stages website

For more pictures of the recent production, please visit the Facebook page.

The Winters Tale

For more pictures of the recent production, please visit the Facebook page.

Chess Dance

Photo: Steve Carr

As 2014 comes to an end we look back at a really successful festival of War Peace and Remembrance. Over 1000 people saw 17 different productions- over 200 people were involved - researching, writing, performing and volunteering FOH backstage and in many other ways.

We received some wonderful feedback and some great reviews. 250+ school children from Wallasey wards were given FREE tickets (due to the generous funding from Wallasey Bright Ideas) Dozen of schools attended. FREE tickets were also given to charity groups. Many charity organisations and individuals made poppies for our Wall of Poppies and Wallasey Amateur Photographic Society took hundreds of images which were displayed in an exhibition at Birkenhead Park. A DVD will soon be available THANK YOU EVERYONE who was involved. Lots of photos can be viewed via our Facebook page.

We also said goodbye to BETHANY LING - Beth joined us for Bentley; Road to Justice and was an integral part of the group becoming treasurer in April. We wish her well in her new job and home and will miss her very much.

We are now in rehearsals for our long awaited RSC openstages production of the Winter's Tale with a new soundtrack by Andy Taylor and further music and images by Sheri Jones. Our cast now includes Adam Beaver in the part of Prince Mamillius - Adam at 10 is already quite a professional appearing in professional shows and a film - we are delighted he is part of the cast.

FV Group at end Forgotten voices

Pictures from Forgotten Voices as part of War, Peace and Remembrance

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Bev and her two assistant directors - Josh Stride (The Winters Tale) and Bethany Ling who worked on her final show in October

Forthcoming Production

Winters Tale

Festival of War, Peace & Remembrance

See the link below for a trailer for War, Peace & Remembrance

World Peace Day

Sun 21st September was World Peace Day and members of Hand in Hand met friends, volunteers and local cadets to promote A festival of War Peace & Remembrance - make a poppy for our commemoration wall of poppies - email for details.


Image: Steve Strowbridge WAPS

All day workshop for The Winter's Tale

Some of the cast gathered for a photo with workshop facilitators Keith Woodason and Gail Sixsmith. A great time was had by all!!


Festival of War Peace & Remembrance

Here is our flyer -please see events page for all details



Festival of War Peace & Remembrance Promo Showreel

Please see below for a video promo showreel for the Festival of War, Peace and Remembrance

Award for The Crucible

Another award - The Crucible is runner up at the Noda Drama Festival.


The Cast.

Shakespeare's 450th birthday and Arts Council funding celebration

Part of the company celebrated by holding a fun workshop and even had a cake to make the official launch of this amazing project.


See the News section for further details.


Hand in Hand Theatre have been winning awards since 2009 with their community theatre projects and they have just heard that not only are they runners-up in the Noda Full Length Drama Competition but are also in the running for two awards at the Noda North West Awards in May. THE CRUCIBLE, which received rave reviews in March 2013 when it was performed at The Floral Pavilion's Blue Lounge, is nominated in the Best Drama category and Michael Hetherington, who played John Proctor, is up for best actor again.

As a community arts organisation their work is very diverse and they have two exciting new projects planned for the next twelve months. A Festival of War Peace and Remembrance (Part of Wirral Remembers 2014-2018) which is encouraging local people and groups to take part in performing and writing new pieces - poetry, prose, drama, music and the visual arts. A full programme will be annouced after April. To be performed Oct 23-25th in The Blue Lounge once again. Anyone wishing to get involved or schools wishing to know more information please email


We are delighted to announce that the Eleanor Rathbone Charity are to support our RSC production by funding our "free ticket initiative" for children from areas of poverty or social deprivation. This is aimed at reaching families who cannot afford school theatre trips. Local schools will be contacted later this year.

Feb 2015: a new adaption of THE WINTER'S TALE as part of RSC Openstages. Hand in Hand were part of this amazing opportunity in 2012 and are delighted to be once again working with the professionals from The Royal Shakespeare Company and Contact Theatre Manchester who are mentoring the team. More details will be available from April on our website or email if you want to be involved in any way - performers, vounteer helpers, FOH, technicians and design team. This is a large scale community ensemble piece and we have partnered the excellent Hoylake School of Dance. It will be performed on the main stage at The Floral Pavilion - Wirral's only professional theatre venue.

If you are interested in being part of a winning team, learning new theatre skills and having fun please contact us.


Our five performances of our Christmas show played to packed houses every time. 3 lunchtime shows at The Floral Pavilion, 1 evening at the delightful Lyceum Hall in Port Sunlight in the presence of The Deputy Mayor and Mayoress and finally at the World Museum Liverpool. We would like to thank all our host venues and all the audiences who gave generously - we raised almost ?300 towards funds for our next show.

We received some lovely feedback and have some wonderful photos taken by members of WAPS.

Please see the Gallery section for some pictures of the performances.

Thank you for your support


What people said:

"Thanks for a wonderful time at the World Museum. It was an excellent performance. Very professional and wonderful voices. Looking forward to seeing the cast again."

Karen Forrest

Festival of Peace War & Remembrance

Our Festival of Peace War & Remembrance as part of Wirral Remembers will be launched February 2014. If you would like to submit a poem, short play, piece of prose or a song please email

The Winter's Tale

Our RSC OPENSTAGES project - The Winter's Tale will be launched January 2014 - keep watching the website for details.

Royal Shakespear Company

Festival of Peace War & Remembrance

Our Festival of Peace War & Remembrance as part of Wirral Remembers will be launched February 2014. If you would like to submit a poem, short play, piece of prose or a song please email


This December we will be presenting

A VERY VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS - a seasonal revue which will take place at The Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, The Lyceum Hall Port Sunlight and The World Museum Liverpool.

This hour long show is packed with well-loved Christmas carols and songs and extracts from Dickens and other famous writers creating a wonderful flavour of a by-gone era.

A cast of over twenty will be both gentlefolk and paupers bringing a truly Christmas-aura to those cold December days.

We are joined by some members of The Crucible cast - Alex, Adam, Bethany, Emma, Gareth, Jill, Keith and Sue.

Also members from past productions, helpers and backstage crew will perform - Adrian, Calli, Josh, Mark, Pat, Phyllis, Val and Tash

Finally, we welcome some new faces - Emlyn and son Finn, Ian, Joe, Megan, Tom and our Pianist Jack.


Sunday 1st December

The Floral Pavilion plaza lunchtime concert 1pm

Weds 4th December

The Lyceum Port sunlight 7.30pm Price of ?4 includes refreshments and will begin 7pm

Sat 7th December

The Floral plaza lunchtime concert 1pm

Sun 8th December

Rotary Christmas Fair at the Floral Fair begins 11am - performance at 1pm

Sat 14th December

The Treasure House Theatre, the World Museum Liverpool Performance 1pm

Please email for details.



The first read through for A VERY VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS will take place on Wed 11th September 2013.

This hour long entertainment includes songs, poems, prose, monologues and extracts to get us in the mood for the festive season and will be a Free show at lunchtimes in the Floral Pavilion's plaza lounge as well as other venues across the region.

If you would like to take part (must be 16yrs or over) please email for details.

Wirral Remembers

Our big project for 2014 is to present various shows and presentations to commemorate WW1.

Voices of Remembrance - words and music on the theme

Words of War - original offerings from local writers

L.I.F.E - a musical with a peaceful message for young people 16 - 30yrs plus much more

email for details

The Winter's Tale

The Winter's Tale - an adaptation of Shakespeare's wonderful late romance for 2015 - details to follow.

DVDs for The Crucible are now available

DVDs for The Crucible are now available ?2.50 ( box set of 4 discs) please email for ordering.

Hand in Hand will be part of WIRRAL REMEMBERS in 2014 producing commemorative performances during Sept-Nov 2014. An open meeting will take place for anyone interested in all events at the Floral Pavilion on Weds 19th June at 7pm. Eileen Willshaw Heritage officer will be in attendance to talk about funding.

On Sun 30th June we will be holding a FREE drama workshop at Melrose Hall. Booking is required so please email - see events page. Come along and have some fun with games, impros and devised theatre.

We have also applied for RSC OPENSTAGES again for a production in early 2015 anyone interested should email us.

If you haven't already please join our facebook page - hand in hand theatre.

Press Release - March 2013


Hand in Hand theatre are no strangers to success – over the past 6 years they have received much acclaim and praise and have won many awards but their latest production of THE CRUCIBLE has surpassed everything they have achieved. They also raised ?257.00 for Comic Relief with collections after performances.

4 performances in 2 days with a cast of 22; the atmosphere couldn’t have been more intense but audiences were riveted to this powerful drama. Not only did schools attend the school’s matinee but 5 schools attended on the Friday evening and sat, attentive and engaged, until they were on their feet clapping and cheering: The spectacular cast receiving overwhelming praise and a standing ovation.

What people said:-

“That wasn’t an amateur production ... they must have been professional!”

“Better than the playhouse! ”

“Amazing, brilliant, moving”

“The best play I have ever seen”

“Excellent production... a really powerful and impressive performance. Really impressed.”

“Stunning and breath-taking – the acting was so brilliant”

“Everything –the acting, the set, the costumes, the direction, everything was just fabulous”

With another stunning soundtrack from Andy Taylor this production was atmospheric and powerful.

PHOTOS can be seen:

Soundtrack can be heard:

Hand in Hand Theatre would like to thank the Floral Pavilion for their help and support.

Please keep watching our website or our group on face-book for further details.


This week also saw Hand in Hand win at the Quarter Finals of the All England Theatre Festival at Grange over Sands and they will now perform their current production BENTLEY: Road to Justice at Todmorden on 21st May.

Remembrance Day Revisited

This November, Bev Clark's awarding play Remembrance Day is to be featured again on Vintage Radio during Remembrance week- available to listen on line at Vintage Radio. The programme will go out as part of a 2 hour programme on 11/11/10 and on the following Sunday (Remembrance Sunday). The first hour contains a variety of things including an extract of the interview you did with me and the second hour contains the play

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