Dave Brown as Jim Coleman
Dave Brown, Education Demonstrator at Merseyside Maritime Museum
blogs about the new drama Lights Out, Liverpool!
which he devised and performs this Sunday, 9 July.
"The ‘U boat peril’ was as Churchill himself said the only thing that really scared him during World War Two. But Liverpool and the people who lived through bombing, especially during the may Blitz in 1941, their story was never really spoken about during the war. So I thought to bring the story to life, become someone who lived through it all, both on land and at sea.
Lights Out, Liverpool! is the reminiscences of sailor turned ARP warden, Jim Coleman who worked on the tugs on the River Mersey, before signing onto a tanker to bring much needed supplies back to Britain. Though a fictional character, his experiences are based on true stories that I've weaved together to give visitors a sense of the period during World War Two when Liverpool was a vital link in helping to win the War. Important events that affected the city that Jim talks about include the 1941 May Blitz
and Battle of the Atlantic
. We also get to hear that despite the challenges of the War, there was a great sense of humour on the docks."
Performances are at intervals from 1.30 and are free, click here for more information