The eternal twilight of the Everyman Bistro
In the late 60s, Liverpool’s coolest hangout was found beneath the surface of Hope Street
Dear members — for four years between 1966 and 1970, Melissa Blease’s parents owned the best hangout in town. Beneath the floorboards of the Everyman Theatre, they ran the Everyman Bistro, a groovy little windowless arts-world sanctuary. In this wonderful piece, Melissa recounts her memories of the Bistro, and of childhood.
Knowing, as we did, that we have one of the Everyman's founding members on our subscriber list, it seemed only appropriate to ask Stuart Richman for his take. He was generous enough to share the following with us:
“At the time Melissa writes about, Liverpool was very much, sometimes ironically, living up to the boast of its logo 'City of Change and Challenge'. That was very much the era of tearing everything down and starting again, not always for the better. And it was into all of the cultural revolution taking place in the mid 60s that the Everyman was born, embodied by the enormous talents of Martin Jenkins, subsequently to become a leading BBC Drama producer, Ter…