Author’s roots in theatre spotlight

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A new stage play about acclaimed author Helen Forrester is heading into the region.

Twopence to Cross the Mersey will be staged at Stockport’s Plaza Theatre from November 1 to 4 with five performances including a matinee.

See Helen’s dramatic, moving and heart-warming tale come to life as she and her family are forced to survive in the slums among the streetwise working class.

In its earlier format, the musical version of the show had four successful runs at Liverpool’s Empire Theatre,

Producer and stage writer Rob Fennah said: “I got to know Helen very well during the last twenty years of her life and, during the writing of the original script, she would often send faxes and letters of encouragement together with additional information that didn’t appear in her books.

“Helen and I often talked about a touring production of Twopence to Cross the Mersey so I am really pleased to finally see it happen.

“I had always visualised Twopence to Cross the Mersey as a straight play and was thrilled when audience and reviewers alike gave the new adaptation a big thumbs up. We’re excited and delighted to take the play on the road so greater numbers of Helen’s readers can see her most famous book come to life as a stage play.

“We cannot wait to bring the show to Stockport’s Plaza Theatre with a very strong cast, who will do justice to Helen’s story.”

Tickets £16.60 to £26.40. Call 0161 477 7779 or visit www. stockportplaza.co.uk