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Wednesday, 02 July 2014 (3054004)
Playwright has resort in his sights for film
by Henry James

THE West Lancashire playwright behind the hit play One Night in Istanbul about Liverpool FC’s European Cup success in 2005 has revealed he is hoping his new work can filmed in Southport.

Nicky Allt was speaking to the Champion a month before the return of his play, The Official Story of Liverpool Football Club, to the Echo arena.

He said he secured backing for his new film about the death of Margaret Thatcher at this year’s Cannes film festival. He commented: “I have written a film about the death of Margaret Thatcher. In the film, the announcement of her death sparks violence in Bournemouth.

”I hope to do most of the filming in Southport, and we have taken stills in the town. It is a brilliant place to film. It is hoped we can start filming in late September and October.“

The Official Story of Liverpool Football Club, will have a three-night run at EchoTwo @ Echo Arena from August 28-30. The venue can hold up to 3,500 people.

The show, which looks at Liverpool’s 120 year history, was performed at the Royal Court in the city this March and it was met with good reviews.

Nicky, who lives in Aughton, said: ”It will be the same show people loved last time, and this time it will be even, bigger and better.

“I enjoyed putting the show together. The director, musical director and I knitted the scenes and songs together and there was no real formula. Everyone loved it instantly and people were demanding it back, so it is back on a bigger stage.

”I would really like to take the show to Australia. Once I want to do something I won’t let up until it happens.“

Nicky’s play covers all of the Reds’ significant periods, including the eras of Bill Shankly and Kenny Dalglish, right up to the present day.

Nicky, whose play One Night in Istanbul has been adapted into a film, commented: ”It is very difficult to pack so much history into just one night. There has been a lot of good work by different people to decide what goes in and what is left out.

“It originally started as a Liverpool versus Everton history. Liverpool were interested but Everton were not, so that idea was dropped and I decided to do a play solely about the history of LFC.

”The history of the club is told through the fans. The play focuses on the life of Liverpool fan, Thomas Kelly, who dies. As the Kelly family remember Thomas, they also remember the history of Liverpool FC. They mention the first cup final against Burnley. Elisha Scott’s rivalry with Dixie Dean is also told through the eyes of the family.“

So does Nicky, who has followed Liverpool all over Europe for four decades, have a favourite period in the club’s history? He answered: ”My favourite period is the rebirth of Liverpool with the arrival of Bill Shankly, and a lot of the club’s success is down to him. He was the manager when I was a kid and he set the standard.“

Appearing in the show will be Mark Moraghan (Brookside, Holby City), and Jake Abraham (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels).

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