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City Theatre Presents Gritty Play, WARNOCK, At The Hope Street Theatre In Liverpool City Centre

Updated: Mar 7, 2023

WARNOCK Will Have A 3-Night Run At Hope Street Theatre At The End Of March

The City Theatre Group presents a gritty play, WARNOCK, set in a Liverpool Detention Centre, at The Hope Street Theatre in Liverpool City Centre (Credit: City Theatre/Supplied By Publicist).
The City Theatre Group presents a gritty play, WARNOCK, set in a Liverpool Detention Centre, at The Hope Street Theatre in Liverpool City Centre (Credit: City Theatre/Supplied By Publicist).

This month, City Theatre presents the gritty play, WARNOCK, at the Hope Street Theatre in the heart of Liverpool City Centre.


The play is set in the Liverpool City Region at a youth detention centre for girls that will take you on a journey of emotions from start to finish. Directed by Becky Moreland, and with assistance from Leo Hewitson, WARNOCK tells the story of several inmates including Sasha Kilpatrick played by Shannon Griffiths.

'It’s been written not to be one dimensional, so a little humour is added, and the hope is that this play will stay in people’s memories for a long time to come. - WARNOCK Producer, Barry Levy of City Theatre.

We first see Sasha living rough on a beach with her best mate on the outside, 'Dodge', played by Johnny Sedgwick-Davies. Things quickly escalate after a poor plan to rob a warehouse on Knowsley Business Park goes pear-shaped and see’s Sasha back in the Detention Centre.

The City Theatre Group presents a gritty play, WARNOCK, set in a Liverpool Detention Centre, at The Hope Street Theatre in Liverpool City Centre (Credit: City Theatre/Supplied By Publicist).
The City Theatre Group presents a gritty play, WARNOCK, set in a Liverpool Detention Centre, at The Hope Street Theatre in Liverpool City Centre (Credit: City Theatre/Supplied By Publicist).

On the inside, we meet ‘Top Dog’ Kerry, Harlow, Gemma, Laura and Spider. All have their backstories, and all have one thing in common… to survive! This is not easy especially with the likes of Mr Abbott played by Alan McDonald walking the corridors of WARNOCK, with evil intentions towards the girls.


However, in the inmate’s corner is the fair but firm Governor of Warnock Detention Centre, Sara Davies, played by Gemma Harrison and the respected Officer Mr Hughes, played by Sam Jones. Together they strive to help whenever possible — but unfortunately these girls don’t make it easy.

City Theatre presents thier latest play, WARNOCK, with a cast including Johnny Sedgwick-Davies, Shannon Griffiths, Alan McDonald, Gemma Harrison, and Sam Jones, at The Hope Street Theatre in Liverpool City Centre (Credit: City Theatre/Supplied By Publicist).
City Theatre presents thier latest play, WARNOCK, with a cast including Johnny Sedgwick-Davies, Shannon Griffiths, Alan McDonald, Gemma Harrison, and Sam Jones, at The Hope Street Theatre in Liverpool City Centre (Credit: City Theatre/Supplied By Publicist).

WARNOCK has been described by the company as one of the hardest hitting plays to be produced by City Theatre. The City Theatre Group has shown the width and breadth of their theatrical expertise, having previously produced a wide variety of plays; from comedic performances such as the Sea Hawk Pirates, to ones such as WARNOCK which are heavier in nature, as well as putting on light-hearted pantomines such as Snow White & The Scouse Queen.


Writer and Producer for the play, Barry Levy, of City Theatre, said: 'It’s been written not to be one dimensional, so a little humour is added, and the hope is that this play will stay in people’s memories for a long time to come.'


Barry added: 'Hopefully, it will build a cult following that the performers in this play deserve.'


Tickets for WARNOCK at Hope Street Theatre are available from City Theatre's website.

City Theatre presents thier latest play, WARNOCK, with a cast including Johnny Sedgwick-Davies, Shannon Griffiths, Alan McDonald, Gemma Harrison, and Sam Jones, at The Hope Street Theatre in Liverpool City Centre (Credit: City Theatre/Supplied By Publicist).
City Theatre presents thier latest play, WARNOCK, with a cast including Johnny Sedgwick-Davies, Shannon Griffiths, Alan McDonald, Gemma Harrison, and Sam Jones, at The Hope Street Theatre in Liverpool City Centre (Credit: City Theatre/Supplied By Publicist).

Play Information

Directors: Rebekah Moreland, Leo Hewitson.

Backstage Managers: Eli Morgan.

Producers: Barry Levy.

Writers: Barry Levy.

Cast: Johnny Sedgwick-Davies, Shannon Griffiths, Alan McDonald, Gemma Harrison, Sam Jones.


Dates: 23rd, 24th & 25th of March.

Venue: Hope Street Theatre.


Location:

The Hope Street Theatre,

22 Hope Street,

The Knowledge Quarter,

Liverpool City Centre,

City of Liverpool, L1 9BY,

Liverpool City Region, UK.

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