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Gritty drama up for awards; Ecstatic reviews.

Byline: BY PHILIP KEY Arts Editor

A LIVERPOOL play based on the true story of the murders of two prostitutes in the city has been nominated for two major awards at the Edinburgh Festival.

Unprotected, first staged at the Liver pool Everyman, has been playing to ecstatic reviews at the Traverse Theatre in the festival.

Four writers -Esther Wilson, John Fay, Tony Green and Lizzie Nunnery -were commissioned by the Liverpool E ve r y m a n / Playhouse theatres early last year to write a drama based on a topical Liverpool issue.

They decided to write a docu-drama based on Liverpool council's decision to apply for a managed zone for sex workers in the city.

It was a subject which had been brought into sharp focus by the murders of prostitutes Hanane Parry and Pauline Stephen in Liver pool.

After a successful run, it was agreed to take the production to the Edinburgh Festival to show it in front of an international audience.

With the same six-strong cast, including Leanne Best and Pauline Daniels, it collected a series of four and five star reviews. The play has now been nominated for two awards, the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award for an outstanding production on a human rights theme and the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award. This includes an opportunity for a New York transfer in the spring.

With help from the British Council, an international tour of the production is already being discussed.

The winners of both awards will be announced today.

philkey@dailypost.co.uk

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