Since 1787 the Everton Lock-up has stood at the
peak of Everton Brow, eventually being placed at the heart of Everton’s badge.
There is a rich history and many stories that have never been told attached to
this small tower and Goodison Park. From The Heart of Everton’s Badge to The
Grand Old Lady takes you on a journey through The People’s Club historic past.
Produced by Blue Park
Productions, in association with The Epstein Theatre, the play, written
by Kenny O’Connell, celebrates the extraordinary history of Everton
Football Club and is back at the Hannover Street theatre for the second time.
club organise an event outside the Lock-Up to celebrate 125 years of Goodison
Park, to promote the anticipated move to Bramley Moore Dock. Jamie and Robbo,
two Evertonians, barge their way through the crowd and barricade themselves
inside in protest.
along with the media disperse as a heavy storm breaks out and once inside the
Lock-Up, Jamie informs Robbo of his goal to search for Prince Rupert’s gold
that he believes is buried underground. Not wanted the club to relocate, he
intends to use this gold to renovate his beloved Goodison Park and Robbo all be
it reluctantly agrees to join him on the crusade.
stumble upon the secret tunnel, the ghosts of Everton’s past are released. Jamie
and Robbo listen in awe as Dixie Dean, Molly Bushell, Prince Rupert and Bessie
Braddock reveal remarkable stories of love, triumph and some magical and
memorable nights at Goodison Park featuring some archive film footage. Some may
even bring a tear to your eye!
taken on a historical journey through each ghost, discovering what really lies
beneath their feet and the true meaning of being inside the heart of Everton’s
entertaining show features songs – some old and some new and moments that will
make you laugh and maybe even cry including a poignant moment recalling
Hillsborough aided by a moving rendition of the Hollie’s song He Ain’t Heavy.
As the club
looks ahead to the future and a new stadium, now more than ever is the perfect
time to give this show a watch. It is perfect for any Evertonian with something
everyone can relate to – young and old.