Cuckoo at Liverpool Everyman

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor
Cuckoo at Liverpool Everyman
Image courtesy of Manuel Harlan.

Cuckoo at Liverpool Everyman Theatre, Hope Street 6 — 23 September 2023 Tickets from £11.00 — Book now

Following a triumphant run at the Royal Court. London, Cuckoo heads to Liverpool Everyman, getting the theatre’s autumn/winter season off to a flying start.

Written by the Birkenhead-born Olivier and BAFTA Award-winning playwright Michael Wynne, Cuckoo examines the tensions between three generations of women and the highs and lows of a modern family. Set in a family home in Merseyside, the play offers an insight into how different age groups approach current societal issues and the frictions that can occur from opposing opinions.

Cuckoo at Liverpool Everyman
Image courtesy of Manuel Harlan.

Using everyday realism, the play illuminates how different generations discuss and deal with contemporary issues in society, like climate emergency, global terrorism and the cost-of-living crisis. Hugely entertaining and engaging, Cuckoo offers a multi-generational exploration into our modern and uncertain world.

Following its premiere at the Royal Court, London, this hilarious dark comedy garnered a host of rave reviews and was described as “the perfect bittersweet snapshot of our age” (The i) with “laugh-out-loud one-liners” that keep “the audience mesmerised throughout” (London Theatre 1).

Directed by former Octagon Theatre Bolton’s Vicky Featherstone, Cuckoo boasts an all-female all-Liverpudlian cast headed up by soap icon Sue Jenkins (Brookside, Channel 4 and Coronation Street, ITV) as the family matriarch Doreen, alongside Michelle Butterly (Benidorm, ITV) and Jodie McNee (Twelfth Night, Liverpool Everyman) as daughters Carmel and Sarah. And, making her professional debut, Emma Harrison completes the cast as granddaughter Megyn.

Cuckoo at Liverpool Everyman
Image courtesy of Manuel Harlan.

Of Cuckoo, writer Michael Wynne told us, “We’re living in a time which can feel quite strange and uncertain, with the pandemic, Brexit and weird weather. The characters are working-class people who don’t have massive security, when tenets of society, like education and health, perhaps aren’t working in the way they did before, things become even more uncertain. There’s also this idea about the way we use technology and especially phones, how these mini-computers in our hands have taken over our lives. Life is complex, and for the different characters, there are different struggles they’re going through. With a lot of my plays, things are funny at the beginning but then get quite dark later. Hopefully, we’ve got you by then and you want to stay!”

Playful and thought-provoking in equal measure, Cuckoo brings a witty and compelling commentary on British society to the stage. Don’t miss out.

Cuckoo at Liverpool Everyman Theatre, Hope Street 6 — 23 September 2023 Tickets from £11.00 Book now

Performances

Date
Time
Session Features
6 September 2023
7:30pm — 9:30pm
7 September 2023
7:30pm — 9:30pm
8 September 2023
7:30pm — 9:30pm
9 September 2023
2:00pm — 4:30pm
9 September 2023
7:30pm — 9:30pm
12 September 2023
7:30pm — 9:30pm
13 September 2023
7:30pm — 9:30pm
14 September 2023
1:30pm — 4:45pm
15 September 2023
7:30pm — 9:30pm
16 September 2023
2:00pm — 4:45pm
16 September 2023
7:30pm
19 September 2023
7:30pm — 9:30pm
20 September 2023
7:30pm — 9:30pm
21 September 2023
1:30pm — 4:45pm
21 September 2023
7:30pm — 9:30pm
22 September 2023
7:30pm — 9:30pm
23 September 2023
2:00pm — 4:45pm
23 September 2023
7:30pm — 9:30pm

Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit.

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