dolls image Hand 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.

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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

Josh Beth Bev

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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