Beating Berlusconi & RAOTL

3 years 1 month ago #680 by Jeni
Jeni created the topic: Beating Berlusconi & RAOTL
The greatest night of your life? Wednesday May 25th 2005 might be the answer you’d get from more than a few Reds. Even ten years on the goose pimples can still come up at the very mention of ISTANBUL.
That night in Istanbul gave rise to so many different ways of commemorating a day in the history of Liverpool Football Club, books were written, magazines printed, and TV documentaries from both Merseyside and Milan showing the different reactions, there are films and stage shows. As they say, football, like life, can prepare you for many things but nothing could surely prepare us for what happened that night in Istanbul.
There were the fantastic scenes around Taxim Square BEFORE the game where Liverpool supporters won the hearts of the local population and the restaurant and bar owners. Even the fans of the Istanbul clubs, whose rivalries can make Liverpool/Everton seem a vicarage tea party came together as one just so they could join in the fun. There was the journey to the Ataturk, built in the middle of nowhere and those coach rides took anywhere between one and four hours as the local population spilled out of their communities just to say hello and maybe sell you something from chocolate to beer.
Then, of course there was the game. Up to 40,000 Liverpool fans united in despair then unbridled joy.
Only what if you were sat next to a Milanese man, how would you have felt during that first forty-five minutes? And how would he have felt when it was all over. What if that man was a VIP, not your normal everyday VIP but Silvio Berlusconi, Prime Minister of Italy and the President of the other team involved that night, AC Milan?
Actually I’m sure the majority of you are aware of this incredible story? Well here’s some good news.

The show ‘Beating Berlusconi’ is back, and probably for the last time.
Tickets are already selling fast. Hope to see you all there.
Thu 21 to Sat 23 May at the EVERYMAN. Evenings: 7:30pm
Mon June 8th at THE BRINDLEY, Runcorn 7.30pm
THE MIRACLE OF ISTANBUL. Ten years on. Re-live the glory.

Summary: In May 2005, despite threats from his wife and bank manager, middle-aged Kenny travels to Istanbul to watch Liverpool play AC Milan in the Champions League Final. He carries the scars of thirty years as a Red – Heysel - Hillsborough - and of living in a city which has been demonised. Featuring EVERYMAN favourite Paul Duckworth (Twelfth Night and Bright Phoenix), BEATING BERLUSCONI is a roller-coaster tale of one man’s attempt to re-discover his belief in himself, his club, his city and his class.
The “sparkling script” and Paul’s virtuoso, chameleon performance have been acclaimed from Tipperary to Tromso - “a tour-de-force”, “hilarious”, “mesmerising”, “staggering”, “funny, eloquent, reflective, loveable, cheeky, cocky and deeply sad -–a masterclass”.
One man, one city, thirty characters, laughter and tears
“A show with balls in more ways than one!” The Guardian

By John Graham Davies; Director Matt Rutter
Starring Paul Duckworth
Tickets: £12 - £20
10 on the day tickets available for £10
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