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Laura Davis on a day of mixed emotions.

IT WAS a day of two opposing emotions - sadness that the theatre as we know it was closing forever, and excitement that in two years' time a new Everyman will stand in its place.

An afternoon of final experiences - the last time you would sit in the orange seats, the last drink in the bistro, the last chance to watch what was happening onstage - followed by an evening of celebration with fireworks, jazz musicians, bagpipes and lots of balloons.

It was soul-stirring, silly, outrageous, simple and a lot of fun - everything the Everyman achieves when it is at its very best.

Reading visitors' memories and eavesdropping on their conversations, it was obvious that this building is so significant in the lives of so many people, of all ages and backgrounds - and it will continue to be so in the future. That's a tribute not only to the Everyman team but to the thousands of people who turned up to say their goodbyes.

The Everyman is dead - long live the Everyman.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 4, 2011
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