YNWA - Let’s Talk About Six ...Baby
Royal Court Liverpool
Review by Peter Rimmer
THERE is another play about Merseyside life being presented at the Royal Court in Liverpool.
YNWA - Let’s Talk About Six… Baby was written by Nicky Alt and is a revival and rewrite of the original 2011 production, which is all about the history of Liverpool Football Club.
As ever with the Royal Court productions it’s full of laughs, knockabout antics and as you might expect if you talking about Liverpool FC, you will get some tragic and emotional scenes.
Many people get to the Royal Court early for food and drink and this time you are greeted to the sight of the incredible stage set. There is a large screen and steps similar to those in front of the Kop and a Pub. These are squeezed on to the stage together with a four piece live band to make a spectacle even before the action starts.
The history of Liverpool Football Club goes back a long way and all the highs and lows are mentioned. The show features Tommy (Mark Moragan) and the different trips he makes to LFC games with his best friend Gerry (Jake Abraham). How fashions have changed over the years is shown when they turn up to a match wearing shell suit tracksuits and Kevin Keegan Perms.
It’s a musical as well as a play and features songs using traditional folk tunes with new lyrics together with well know Liverpool music such as Pete Wylie's Heart as Big as Liverpool and The Christians’ Ideal World and There She Goes from the La’s. The band, who also play many acting role, are very good.
All the actors give good performances especially Lydia Morales-Scully playing Tia in her first professional production.
It’s an audience participation show with the crowd cheering at every opportunity when a well-known face appears on the big screen. You’ll Never Walk Alone, of course, brings the show to a rousing end when a replica European Cup was brought on.
Like many a show at the Royal it’s a Merseyside show for Merseyside people and even if you are an Evertonian you might enjoy this one!