Love and Lies in Lockdown

Way back at the beginning of 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic erupted, CEO Rob Littler had an idea about a YouTube film called ‘Love and Lies in Lockdown’, all about the trials and tribulations of a family in crisis. After a conversation with VML Chairman Darren Gibbons, they came upon the idea of a weekly on line serial …….. and so it began.

Reaction to the series has been superb, with fans, who we have nicknamed ‘Lockies’ tuning in from the UK, South America and beyond to catch up with the latest installment.

The series is expected to run for 25 episodes and has been a new avenue for VML to explore, and one that all those involved have very much enjoyed.


It’s Liverpool, it’s 1986. Mike has confided in his best mate Tony about his sexuality, but struggles to be open for fear of his parents finding out. That is until he discovers a back street gay bar called ‘The Masquerade’, which opens up a whole new world to him. The story follows Mike’s journey into realising who he really is, alongside the antics of the staff and customers of ‘The Mazzy’

The cast recieved nightly standing ovations from audiences as they were taken through every emotion, from heart wrenching sorrow, to laugh out loud comedy.

Reece get’s the job!

Reece Moss, 15, has been given a new role within Youth Drama as the Youth Representitive, and will be working alongside current Youth Leader, Donna Robinson.

Reece, who has been with VML for some time has proved very popular with his peers in the group, and is the perfect choice to help mentor and steer the younger participants, under the guidance of Donna.

Well done Reece, we know you will be great!


Oh! Such a night, it really was such a night!

After months of dedicated rehearsals and work, VML Adults performed Swing ‘n’ The Blues on The Brindley stage on 4th November 2019.

With hits and classics from the genre, accompanied by superb costumes, and stunning lighting, the audience were up on their feet for the finale.

Once again VML Adults proved they are a force to be reckoned with in community theatre.



Masquerade! Dreams are made of emotion

VML are very proud to have been offered the chance to perform Masquerade, written by Laura Lees.

The cast of VML met with Laura at The Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool to get a real feel of the play from the lady who wrote it.

Masquerade is based on a true story, set in Liverpool in 1986, it is the tale of a young man’s journey of finding out who he really is after finding infamous gay bar ‘The Masquerade’.

The play is full of laugh out loud moments, tragedy and most of all …. hope.

Look out on our facebook page for ticket information. Performances are on 30th November and 1st December 2019.




Blithe Spirit – hilariously spooky!

VML Adult Drama brought the Noel Coward classic, Blithe Spirit to The Brindley stage.

This was one of the most challenging productions we have performed, and one of the most rewarding. Everyone pitched in to make it a resounding success. From the actors on stage to those behind the scenes.

Audiences were not only impressed with the on stage action, but the dedication shown to the building of the set.

This play was proof that the classics remain alive and well.

Lovely Llandudno

VML Adults were treated to a day by the seaside by local community spirited coach firm Anthony’s Travel.

After lots of months of rehearsals in several different perfromance projects, this was the perfect opportunity for the team to kick back and relax, and it was all thanks to the kindness and support of Anthony’s Travel. anthonys1

Eithne Browne delivers acting masterclass

The wonderful acting powerhouse, Eithne Browne. famous for such roles as Mrs Johnstone in the London West End production of Blood Brothers, and of Crissy Rogers in Brookside, took time out of her busy schedule to visit VML Adult drama to deliver a masterclass in performance, as well as perfoming some of her most cherished pieces. The class were thrilled with her visit, and hope to have Eithne back with us one day soon.

Youth Drama – The kids love it!

As Chairman of VML, I like to keep my finger on the pulse, and decided to pay a ‘fly on the wall’ visit to our Youth Drama Group.

VML Youth Drama is ably run by our volunteer Donna Robinson who pre-plans the group excersises ready for her eager army of participants, that came pouring through the doors full of excitement.

On the evening I attended, there were 4 brand new members, so Donna started off with some fun ice breakers, and soon had the new kids and our regulars laughing. Next came a bit of improvisation. The gang were split into groups and had to chose one item from a bag. They then had to go away for ten minutes and come up with a script using the item that they had picked. One of the items was a toilet roll, which was scripted into an hilarous advertisment for cleanliness. Another item was a gentleman’s neck tie, which became a dangerous snake.

Then there were the tongue twisters! Part of performance is learning how to annunciate and project the voice. Donna and CEO Rob Littler presented some tongue twisters, with comical results, and had myself and all of our youths in hysterics.

I learned that our Youth Drama group is ticking along very nicely indeed. Donna has made it a fun filled learning environment. I saw the new members come into the room a little shy, and leave the room at the end of the session having made new friends, gaining a little more confidence, and looking forward to the following week.

I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.


Let’s get Quizzical!

The first annual VML quiz night was a roaring success. The venue was packed and we raised vital funds enabling us to carry on our work in community projects.

A huge thank you to all who attended, and well done to ‘The Smartini’s’ who came top of the leaderboard.

Do you think you can beat them? Come and have a go next year at the second VML quiz night. quiz2019