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Partnerships – site specific and outdoor productions

MATE Productions has worked in partnership with a number of arts and cultural organisations across Merseyside and Cheshire since 2000 to create exciting site-specific and outdoor productions.  We are always looking to develop new exciting creative partnerships, if you have an idea you would like to run by us, please contact Gaynor La Rocca at director@mateproductions.co.uk. A few of our partnerships projects are detailed below.

Croxteth Hall & Park


In 2001 Croxteth Hall and Country Park commissioned MATE to devise a ghostly promenade tour around the hall and grounds for their Halloween Spooky Nights programme. MATE created a theatrical tour that drew upon the history of the hall as well as traditional ghost stories.

Over 4 years MATE animated the hall’s Spooky Night’s programme, with an annual average audience exceeding 1000 people, culminating in the theatrical spectacular that was ‘The Hidden Jekyll of Hyde Hall’ in October 2005. Four casts and a community ensemble of more than 100 actors, dancers and musicians brought to life this exciting adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale.

“One of those rare experiences when huge ambition and community theatre combine to produce a stunning event….all the more remarkable when one considered the scale of the production  and the wide age range of the participants. A fabulous experience achieved with no small amount of skill from the cast and creative team and to the obvious delight of the audience and participants.”

Gemma Bodinitz
Artistic Director, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Theatres

Spike Theatre - Theatre in the Parks


In 2003 Spike Theatre in Liverpool approached MATE Productions to work in partnership to develop a promenade site-specific theatre production of ‘The Three Musketeers’ in Stadt Moers Park.

10 community actors from the MATE Ensemble were given the opportunity to work alongside 5 professional actors from Spike Theatre to devise and perform in this exciting show, supported by Arts Council England, Knowsley Council and the Friends of Stadt Moers Park in Knowsley.

The production was a huge success and attracted the attention of Liverpool Culture Company (the team driving Liverpool, European Capital of Culture 2008 programme) who alongside Arts Council England commissioned Spike Theatre to create 4 more Theatre-in-the-Parks productions in parks across Merseyside between 2005 and 2008.

MATE worked as key partners on the creation and performance of productions of:

  • Jason and the Argonauts
  • The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Robin Hood

National Waterways Museum


In 2011 and 2012 MATE Ensemble worked in partnership with National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port on a range of exciting partnership projects. Actors and musicians from MATE animated public events through role-play, and devising and performing scenes from different time periods, in and around the museum site.

The company worked in partnership with Liverpool film-makers Jake Ryan and Jason Biggs and local young people to devise and produce a short film (Tall Tales from Porters Row) set in the 4 restored cottages on the museum site where the canal porters and their families used to live.

MATE devised, scripted and produced 2 large scale Halloween promenade productions (based on canal myths, legends and real-life characters) that animated the museum site with ghostly happenings on boats, locks, canals, Victorian warehouses and the restored street that is Porters Row.

Shakespeare North

Eryl + Kieran
AYLI Audience
As You Like It Rosalind Orlando

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ & ‘As You Like It’

In 2014 MATE was asked to develop and lead a community engagement programme for the Shakespeare North Trust who are building a commemorative £24 million theatre in the heart of historic Prescot town centre.

MATE created two exciting outdoor promenade productions of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘As You Like It’ in the church and magical woodland gardens of Prescot Parish Church. In the last 2 years we have engaged over 500 local community actors, dancers, musicians, singers, bell ringers, school children and volunteers.  The productions premiered in our home base of Prescot Woodland Theatre, before touring to woodlands, parks and gardens across Knowsley, Liverpool and The Dell at the RSC in Stratford Upon Avon during the summers of 2015 and 2016, reaching audiences of 5,000+.  In 2017 we will be touring ‘The Tempest’ – watch this space for further details.

For more information about Shakespeare North, the new Elizabethan Theatre to be built in Prescot Town Centre and the International University College, check out their website: www.shakespearenorth.org