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A Portrait of William Roscoe

Admission £22.50
Start Time 20:00
End Time 21:00

Celebrating a renowned writer and one of England’s first abolitionists, ‘A Portrait of William Roscoe’ will see the man come magically alive and out of his portrait to talk about his life and times.

Using puppetry, physicality and traditional storytelling.

A poet, historian, and patron of the arts, he was responsible for helping to establish the first botanical garden in Liverpool in 1802. In that same year, he wrote a children’s poem, The Butterfly’s Ball and The Grasshopper’s Feast for his son, Robert, which won him international fame.

Roscoe was a social activist throughout his life and an advocate for the environment and racial justice. He became an MP in Liverpool to vote against slavery and this led to the abolition of slavery in 1807. Journey with us back to see Liverpool through the eyes of this distinguished gentleman.

Fresh from a stint at the Shakespeare North Playhouse, Artsgroupie and Playwright John Maguire bring this new play to the Newsroom of The Athenaeum, where it will be performed under the portrait of Roscoe himself!

Due to the configuration of the building, access may not be possible for wheel chair users. It is recommended to contact the concierge desk on 0151 709 7770 to discuss access prior to booking if you have any queries.


Ticket price includes a complimentary glass of Club wine or a soft drink upon arrival, and access to the Athenaeum from 6:00pm. The performance will start at 8:00pm, admittance cannot be guaranteed after this time.

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