In association with Merseyside Maritime Museum

lusitania: war at the mouth of the mersey

JULY 2014 — AUGUST 2015

TOURING

LUSITANIA: THE WAR AT THE MOUTH OF THE MERSEY

July 2014 — August 2015

Two series of original audio plays charting Liverpool's relationship with the Lusitania. Created in association with Merseyside Maritime Museum.

This project explores the idea that, during the Great War, Liverpool's frontline was not on the Western Front, but at the mouth of the Mersey. From her officers and crewmen to their mothers and sons, few were left untouched by the Lusitania's sinking in this most pelagic of cities, where the music of the river was scored into every home.

Toured the North West in our bespoke Soundhouse, designed by Joanne Allen, throughout 2014/15.

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All plays recorded at World Museum Liverpool.

The Soundhouse

Eight of our Lusitania plays toured the North West from August 2014 — July 2015, in our mobile audio installation, The Soundhouse.

It is currently being redesigned for touring our new Coastlands project.

The One that got Away

by Laura Kate Barrow

"That instinct to care, to nourish, it's deep rooted"

A dockside stall trader recalls the fresh ghosts of her boys, her regulars, her favourites — the nameless victims of a shared city tragedy.

Performed by Sheila Jones
Produced by Christopher Johns

Goodbye, Lucy

by Chelsea B. Bassnett

"Two dizzy dreamers, brought together in a dark and desperate time"

A haunting love letter to Lucy and the enigmatic sea: a great love becomes a desperate caress amidst the swallowing and superstitious waves.

Performed by Edward Barry
Produced by Christopher Johns

Hands

by Nicola Borrows

"You can't tell whether the water's coming from Heaven or your own sadness"

A mother's long walk to the Cunard office to check the list of the dead becomes a spiritual journey through truth, memory and wish-fulfilment.

Performed by Aisling Leyne
Produced by Christopher Johns

Rache Means Revenge

by Madeleine Jones

"All's fair in the mind of an angry man"

Inside the mind of an angry man: a crew member killed in Lusitania's sinking decries the U-boat's captain. Hate and hurt are difficult to separate.

Performed by Philip McGuinness
Produced by Christopher Johns

The Guilt of the Innocent

by Ellie Johnson

"It came, in awful glory, to our doorsteps"

The day after Lusitania was sunk, north Liverpool felt the first signs of violence: and as people sought vengeance, the city succumbed to riot...

Performed by Sheila Jones
Produced by Christopher Johns

Underwater Butterflies

by Ashleigh Panther

"These were different butterflies... spikier"

A child's eye view of Lusitania's tragedy — in which monsters are always real, and endings aren't always happy.

Performed by Kat Rose-Martin
Produced by Christopher Johns

Wreck

by Sarah Van Parys

"I am cold, no sunlight — reaches my skin"

An abstract and poetic seabed-song between a sister and brother, whose voices drift in the timeless current.

Performed by Iona Thonger
Produced by Christopher Johns

A Conversation with Pierpoint

by Phil Montgomery

"It comes and goes, like ebbing tides"

Detective William Pierpoint battles with his conscience: as the ship went down, he was unable to save three suspected German spies...

Performed by Ross McCall
Produced by Christopher Johns

CAST :

Edward
Barry

Sheila
Jones

Aisling
Leyne

Ross
McCall

Philip
McGuinness

Kat
Rose-Martin

Iona
Thonger