Pique Niche Productions

I love being in the theatre, both on and off stage, and get as involved as I can in the theatre scene around the North West. Pique Niche Productions is my Liverpool based theatre company supporting northern writers from Merseyside and beyond, particularly exploring themes around disability and mental health. Our latest show, What He Said, was performed on in July 2022 and again on International Men’s Day, 19 November 2022.

What He Said, July and November 2022

What He Said was a showcase of four plays from North West based writers, exploring mental health from a male perspective.

Performed at the Theatre at the Casa, Liverpool, the themes of the four plays included the severe illnesses and death of loved ones, custody issues and the sense of belonging following the end of a romantic relationship, and political turmoil. We curated the collection with the aim of raising awareness of issues affecting men in today’s society and these four stories represented different aspects of that experience. We appreciate that gender exists on a spectrum and definitions of men and the male experience vary.

Top L-R Geraldine Moloney-Judge, John Purcell, Rob Keyes and Paul Taylor Bottom L-R Paul Taylor, James Lawrence, Robert Smith, Rob Keyes, Christopher Smalley, PJ Murray and John O’Gorman Logo by International Men’s Day UK, Photography by Donna M Day and Anthony McAloon

This November edition of the show featured a preview of What She Said, the companion show exploring mental health from a female perspective. We are currently accepting submissions of scripts for What She Said.

£1 from every ticket sold for the summer show was donated to the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) (reg charity no 1110621) and we raised an incredible £243 to help them continue their lifesaving work. For the November show we donated £1 from every ticket sold to Prostate Cancer UK (reg charity no 1005541).

Previews and Reviews

MerseyNewsLive – Local theatre company lifts the curtain on men’s mental health

Opening Nights – Spotlight: What He Said, November 2022

Liverpool Sound and Vision – Back For One Night Only, What He Said Comes To The Casa This November

TheatreReviewsNorth – What He Said She Said

Opening Nights – Review of July show

Triple F – Review of July show

North West End – Review of July show

North West End – What He Said: A collection of short plays exploring male mental health

Opening Nights – Spotlight: What He Said, July 2022

Theatre Reviews North – What He Said… about men’s mental health

Liverpool Sound and Vision – Four Short New Plays Come To The Casa in Liverpool This July

Digital programmes

July digital programme

November digital programme

Always Almost, performed as part of Picture This, November 2019

Always Almost was a monologue performed as part of the Picture This showcase at the Hope Street Theatre and looked at what it means to be successful. A prolific, bestselling poet looked back on her life and reflected on her experience of infertility.

Gillian Paterson-Fox, Photography by Saoirse Crean