‘Treasured’ director delighted by reaction

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Treasured at the Anglican Cathedral © Robin Kay

The story of the Titanic was brought to Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral this week as part of a large theatrical performance to honour the 100th anniversary of its sinking.

The cathedral was converted into a huge production set of ‘Titanic proportions’ to create ‘Treasured’, a dramatic show which aimed to take its audience on a journey through the events of the Titanic.

Creative director and producer, Jen Heyes, was pleased with the reaction from the audience on its sold-out opening night. She told JMU Journalism: Given that it is a very technical show, I think that it went very, very well and the audience were fantastic.”

“It means a great deal to the city, the story and this building, so the two of them connected is a very nice touch. The Titanic was the biggest thing built at the time so it had to be in a space, for me, that is very specific to the focus of the piece, which is that it was largest ship ever built.”

The theatrical performance, which was co-produced by The Aspire Trust, had accompanying music from trumpeter Brendan Ball, of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and composer Ailis Ni Riain.

Untold life stories from those on board the famous ship were acted out throughout the show to offer new insights to its audience.

Lighting designer, Philip Saunders, felt the opening night was a big success. He said: “I think it went very well tonight; the audience seemed to enjoy it. They were cheering and whooping at the end. That’s a sign of a good show.”

Treasured is the biggest theatrical event ever held at the Liverpool Cathedral and it runs from October 1-6.



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