Liverpool Liberal Democrats visited the Epstein Theatre on the first of its two open days before potential closure. The Theatre has been shunned by Labour run Liverpool City Council who have refused to help the Theatre and have cut its funding.
Lib Dem Leader Carl Cashman spoke to the Theatre Chief who described it as the ‘people’s theatre’ due to its low pricing and opportunities it gives to young and upcoming performers.
Cllr Carl Cashman said ‘It’s clear to see why this is the people’s theatre. To the individuals involved and attendees this Theatre means so much and this was clear to see last night. From the ushers to the up and coming artists this theatre gave them the opportunity to be involved in the arts in Liverpool.’
One former stage producer called it a ‘working class theatre’ due to the organisers keeping prices for tickets and at the bar as low as possible. The shows are incredibly unique too with many school teachers commenting on how the theatre had opened up drama and music to their students.
Cllr Laurence Sidorczuk, the Lib Dem spokesperson for Culture is calling on the Council to rethink its plan to pull funding for the Theatre.
The Council wants to create a legacy after Eurovision and the Lib Dems support using this opportunity to boost our great City. However, allowing this historic theatre to close it's doors straight after Eurvision would be a backward step in promoting cultural opportunities in the City.
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