Film students help document theatre’s 100-year old history

26 Sep 2016
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Two SAE Film students will share colourful stories of Liverpool’s arts scene after being hand-picked to help document The Epstein Theatre’s century long history.

Andy Flush and Sam Birch kicked off their second year of studies in fine style, filming locals and past employees for the £46,000 project, called Celebrating the Epstein.

Speaking to SAE about the real-world experience, Sam Birch said:

“Myself and Andy both took on roles of camera operators, editor and sound techs.”

“Hearing the stories that the people offered to celebrate the theatre’s history was incredible. One lady's story about her experience on stage was so passionate.”

Fellow student Andy Flush added:

“We spoke to a few women who had performed at the theatre over 70 years ago.”

Andy and Sam, who both hope to one day open their own video production company, described the opportunity as invaluable:

“Doing this type of work introduces us to working with clients, adapting to any situation professionally and working to deadlines in a real-world environment, whilst also building up contacts that will help our careers move forwards,” said Andy.

“Working at the Epstein was a great opportunity to get out of the classroom and into an industry setting,” added Sam.

The Epstein Theatre first opened its doors in 1913 as the Crane's Music Hall and has since undergone several name changes.

In 2012, it was renamed to honour the man who made the Beatles - Brian Epstein.