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Applet Music Productions Present A brand new musical for Liverpool

Wed 13th – Sat 16th March 2013

Times: 2.30pm & 7:30pm Wed, Thu and Sat, Friday 5pm & 8.30pm

The Epstein Theatre Liverpool’s Applet Music Productions are delighted to announce that Heart and Soul, a brand new musical set in the city, will make its premiere at the Epstein Theatre next March.  Running from 13 – 16 March 2013, Heart and Soul follows the rollercoaster journey of a young woman’s quest for success in the cut-throat music industry, whilst juggling love life and family drama.

This inspirational production is packed with original songs, spanning the genres from motown to rock, dance, ballads and even jazz, entirely written, orchestrated and played by the show’s producers, Liverpool duo Maria Cavanagh and Indra Nathaniel of Applet Music Productions.

It’s Liverpool in the mid 90’s and Cathy Mason, a gifted singer/songwriter, receives another rejection letter from a record company. Disheartened, still living at home with her loving yet unfulfilled mother and recently redundant and bitter father Cathy wonders whether she is destined to perform at dingy pubs and clubs forever – but is determined to make it big. When Cathy’s destiny becomes entangled in a love triangle between her childhood sweetheart and a Memphis Record Producer, deceit and betrayal threaten to shatter her dreams.

A talented local cast is confirmed for Heart and Soul – Tricia McTeague (vocalist for Ronan Keating and ITV’s The X Factor) will take on the lead role of ‘Cathy’ whilst actress and Radio City presenter Claire Simonsen plays Cathy’s Mother. Cathy’s spirited best friend and backing vocalist Nicky is played by Charlie Griffiths whilst her two potential love interests, childhood sweetheart Michael Carlucci and Memphis Record Producer Red Carson are played by Liverpool’s own Jay Podmore and Emmerdale’s Kivan Dene respectively. Vicky Jones of the BBC’s One and Only plays barmaid Margy, another of Cathy’s friends. The show is being directed by well known local director Sylvie Gatrill and choreographed by Sue Lancaster.

Set in a time before the fast track routes provided by The Voice and The X Factor changed the music industry, Heart and Soul is an insight into the highs and lows of trying to ‘make it’ and how constant rejection creates self doubt, leading to disastrous consequences.  Heart and Soul explores themes of unrequited love, unfulfilled ambitions, true friendship and the tenderness and love between Mother and Daughter.

Maria Cavanagh and Indra Nathaniel of Applet productions said:

“Heart and Soul has been eighteen months in the making – or much longer when you consider it is based on our own personal experience. We composed the music and lyrics, arranged and recorded it, created the story and script… Set in the 1990s, in Liverpool, before Pop Idol and X Factor, The story of ‘Cathy Mason’, is loosely based on our own journey, of dealing with broken promises and utter rejection, from a Music Industry that can destroy dreams in an instant.”

Featuring 15 original songs including the unforgettable and touching ballads, If I Only Had, Someone and Love Everlasting to the show stopping numbers ‘Get Ready’, ‘You Can Do Anything’ and ‘Boy From Memphis.’ Heart and Soul will leave audiences emotionally drained and excited! Destined for stardom, caught within the traumas of a love triangle that threatens to destroy her dream, can Cathy find love and achieve success? Find out in March at the Epstein Theatre.

‘You will only achieve what you truly believe’

Heart & Soul
Hanover House
85 Hanover Street
L1 3DZ


Box Office: 0844 888 4411* or online at

*Subject to booking fee.



Notes to Editors

Hi-res cast images available on request

Press night: Thursday 14 March

For more information, interviews and competition requests or review tickets, please contact Jenny Morgan at Bill Elms Associates on 0151 245 0136 |


About The Epstein Theatre

The Epstein Theatre (formerly known as The Neptune) was originally opened as Crane’s Music Hall in 1911, and was a popular location for recitals and performances.  It was renamed Crane Theatre in 1938. In 1967 the theatre was purchased from the Cranes by Liverpool Corporation, who decided that the theatre should be run by local people for local people and was named The Neptune Theatre. The Neptune also became a comedy club and after many years of uncertainty about the future of the theatre, it eventually closed in 2005.  In July 2011, a £1million refurbishment of the theatre was completed which saw the Hanover Street venue brought up to 21st century standards and renamed ‘The Epstein Theatre’ in honour of former Beatles manager Brian Epstein, who guided the Fab Four from popular cellar act to global superstardom.  The management contract was up for tender and was won by the well established team behind Liverpool’s annual Sound City Music Festival. The Sound City team outlined plans to use the building to showcase cutting edge art and pop culture events ranging from drama productions to art exhibitions, and also aim to ensure the Epstein can be utilised by community groups from across the city.  The Theatre is officially opened on Wednesday 9th May 2012.           

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