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I Am Steven Gerrard to premiere at Hope Street in 2024


An award-winning one man play which explores the complexities of masculinity, and what it means to be a real man in society today will be staged in Liverpool in the New Year.

I Am Steven Gerrard won the 2023 What Happens Next? new writing competition, and now the show – written by Sean Mcloughlin and starring Joe Cowin – comes to the Hope Street Theatre from January 25-28.

It’s Liverpool. The Champion’s League Final in Istanbul was 13 years ago. The buzz is still rife. The obsession is still real. Steven Gerrard has left Liverpool Football Club, but his legacy keeps on growing; a legacy that Shane wants to embody and emulate.

Though Shane shares an ambition no different to many of those around him, it soon transpires that he yearns for something far beyond football. And in a city where You’ll Never Walk Alone is the mantra, why does Shane constantly feel like he’s the only one on the sideline?

Shane is back home to see his dad for the first time in three years. To heal old wounds. To attempt to find his place in a world that he has never felt a part of. To get answers.

What secrets will come to light? And who will they come from? Could these revelations have saved everyone from heartache?

Above: Hope Street Theatre. Photo by L1 Photography


Tip Tray Theatre, run by artistic directors Evan Byrne and Maisy Gordon and company in residence at Hope Street, brings I Am Steven Gerrard to the stage.

Hope Street Theatre artistic director Sam Donovan says: “When we first met Evan and Maisy, we could tell instantly the passion and drive they had to make a difference to the creative culture here in the city.

“The creation of What Happens Next? brought a real buzz to the city with new and old professionals creatively working together to showcase and champion new writing. It's a real honour to be able to support them and this production of I Am Steven Gerrard.”

Meanwhile submissions are now being invited for the 2024 What Happens Next competition which will be held in early January. More details HERE

I Am Steven Gerrard is at the Hope Street Theatre from January 25-28, 2024. Tickets HERE

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