Theatregoers and performers are being asked to share memories of Liverpool’s Royal Court as the venue looks to build a picture of its past.
In the absence of a written archive, the Royal Court Trust is inviting people who have seen shows, performed or worked at the city centre venue to tell their stories at a special event this week.
A Friday 3 June open day will be held at the theatre which will also provide an opportunity for visitors to tour the building which has been undergoing a transformation, and watch a short film about it.
As part of a project named ‘Our Stories’, people’s memories, thoughts and feelings about the iconic cultural space will help to form the basis of an exhibition, film and performances celebrating individual histories and creating an archive for generations to come.
With the Royal Court Trust looking to mark the significant time in the theatre’s history by capturing the essence of its previous 75 years, chief executive Gillian Miller says: “When we moved into the building back in 2005 the archive consisted of a single scrapbook that ran from 1938 to 1943. We have spent the last 10 years trying to fill in the considerable gaps.
“With this project, the trust is pulling together the most valuable sources of information – real people who have been a part of this building’s history.”
The open day at the Royal Court will take place from midday until 4pm on 3 June. Anyone with a story to contribute who is unable to attend can also contact the theatre by emailing Millie Swiderska, one of the project’s organisers, on firstname.lastname@example.org