Produced by Blue Park Productions the play is written by Kenny O’Connell. The story of the play is based around the Everton Lock-Up, orPrince Rupert’s Tower as it is known locally, which has stood at the peak of Everton Brow since 1787 and also sits proudly on the Club’s crest.
In the plot of the play, the Club has organised an event outside the ‘lock-up’ to promote the Club’s move to a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock. Two Evertonians, Jim and Robbo, transpire to lock themselves in the tower after the crowds disperse due to a storm with the aim to find the lost gold of ‘Prince Rupert’.
While locked in they stumble across a secret tunnel and unwittingly release the ghosts of Everton and the City’s past including Dixie Dean, Molly Bushell, Prince Rupert and Bessie Braddock. Each ghost takes them on a historical journey, and they discover the true meaning behind being inside the heart of Everton’s badge.
Author of the play Kenny O’Connell said: “This play is not just for Evertonians but for all the family. It’s a story about an amazing football club and its history but also some life lessons for our main protagonists – Jamie and Robbo. You’ll not only laugh but you’ll also cry. This is the perfect gift any Evertonian could wish for."
“Funny, poignant, moving.” David Prentice, Liverpool Echo
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