Recipe For Scouse – Our Film

Here it is!

After an amazing year filled with lots of Workshops; Film Shoots in weird and wonderful places; Celebrity Interviews; Film Premieres; Exhibitions in Liverpool’s most famous Museums; and lots lots more…  the Recipe For Scouse Film is finally here and ready to be unleashed on the world! We’re very proud of it and we hope you like it too.

Written, filmed, edited by and starring Young DaDa members, this new short film takes a humorous and creative look at the historical and cultural ingredients of our unique identity. It particularly asks, ‘what does it mean to be a young person growing up in Liverpool?’

Young DaDa produced the film in partnership with First Take and National Museums Liverpool. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

This film is subtitled and you can view an Audio Described version of the film here:


Recipe for Scouse Daily Screenings

Recipe for Scouse Film Screenings
Everyday: 8 December 2014 to 18 January 2015
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

What does it mean to be a young person growing up in Liverpool? This new short film takes a humorous and creative look at the historical and cultural ingredients of our unique identity. Written, filmed, edited by and starring Young DaDa members, with help from First Take and in partnership with the Walker Art Gallery.

Access: Subtitles and Audio Description

Please Note: The Gallery is closed from 2pm on 24 December, all day on 25/ 26 December and 1 January.

Recipe for Scouse Teaser Trailer

We are excited to share with you a sneak preview of the Recipe for Scouse film.

A group of young disabled people have been working with DaDaFest, Walker Art Gallery (NML) and First Take to create the film.  Written, filmed, edited by and starring Young DaDa members, the film is about their heritage and what they feel is important to them growing up and living in Merseyside.

It will be screened on the following dates as part of DaDaFest International 2014:

29 November 10am to 4pm, The Bluecoat:

8 December 2014 to 18 January 2015 10am to 5pm (Closed from 2pm on 24 December, all day 25 and 26 December and 1 January) – Walker Art Gallery:

Watch the teaser trailer here:

Or view it on YouTube: 

For more information about the project visit:

The Recipe for Scouse project has been made possible with funding from Heritage Lottery.


Project Update (Summer 2014)

We’ve completed the filming stage of Recipe for Scouse! As Summer is now upon us, we’re having a short break until early September when we’ll begin to edit the film and prepare it for screenings later in the year. Visit the ‘Project Updates’ page to see our journey so far and keep an eye out for the teaser trailer we hope to have coming your way soon.

Project Blog – Workshop 9 & 10 (8/5/14 & 15/5/14)

Workshop 9 – 8 May 2014

On what was a wildly wet Thursday, we took refuge in the Museum of Liverpool to soak up some knowledge about our fair city. To ward off our resulting chills, we sat down to a lovely, warming bowl of our project’s namesake, Scouse. It was so good that some people had seconds! Now we all know what goes into the actual recipe for scouse and – more importantly – what it tastes like!

We were given a tour by the lively Matt, who let us in on some of the secrets and little known facts behind the exhibits! We came away with some great titbits: that there had been a fifth Beatle, that a few of the things on show were brought in before the walls were up and even the Queen’s favourite display.

All in all, an inspiring day was had by everyone… with ideas for our film bubbling away! Our thanks also go out to the staff at the Museum of Liverpool, who made our trip so enjoyable and informative and kept the doors open for us after hours. What’s there not to love about having a venue to ourselves, while the general public are being turned away?! – Michelle

Workshop 10 – 15 May 2014

This week, we took all the bubbling enthusiasm that our trip to the Museum of Liverpool gave us and channelled it into thinking creatively about our film: what scenes we want in it and how they fit together.

Our scriptwriting team took to solitude and hot beverages to help them churn out the particulars of the script, while our animators got busy chopping all the Scouse ingredients and seeing how they would look and move on film; joined by our technical group, who discovered the finer points of sound editing. The biggest group used the performance space to come up with and act out a dramatic scene for the film about Liverpool maritime history. There was even room for a colourful parrot!

At this stage in the project, everyone’s starting to get to grips with the process and we can definitely say “Land ahoy!”

I know, groaning at that last one too! – Michelle

Project Blog – Workshop 8 (01/05/14)

In this week’s session the group worked with Lynne to develop their directing skills. They practised this by directing a short part of the filming in the Bluecoat garden. They then went on to work with Nicola on camera operation skills and filmed some of the young people laughing.

The group also took this session as an opportunity to get started on their arts awards, several young people decided to set up their online ‘Arts Box’ profiles in order to start uploading evidence to their portfolios!

Project Blog – Workshop 7 (24/04/14)

Now the fun’s just beginning! We were split into groups according to the area in which we’re most interested; whether that’s animation, scriptwriting or filming and – of course – we’ll all now be working towards our Arts Awards along the way.

This meant that everyone got to do something they really enjoyed and we got some vital work done for our upcoming filmic masterpiece in the process! While lots of us started beavering away on preparation and research for Arts Awards, the animation group made great use of the technology available in the DaDaFest office to get to grips with basics of animation and the scriptwriters took advantage of the good weather and the Bluecoat’s garden to get their creative juices flowing (and we’re sticking to that explanation!).

By the end of the session, all the groups had made good progress and taken some great first steps in the creation of our Recipe for Scouse. Here’s hoping for more of the same next week!

– Michelle

The Heritage Ingredients of our Unique Liverpool Identity.