unitytheatre Autumn Season Highlights- ‘The most ambitious theatre in Liverpool’
unitytheatre are delighted to announce an exciting Autumn packed full weird and wonderful theatre, performance, music and dance, rounding up a hugely successful year in its Hope Place home.
Kicking off the season are local company Active Drama Company with ‘Down Our Street’ (1st – 3rd Sept, 7.30pm). Following sell out performances in 2003 and 2004 Down Our Street looks at the history of Cammell Laird, the greatest ship builders in the world, through the eyes of the people of Birkenhead. Expect a comical script, songs and memories in this local theatrical production.
Also in September unity hosts its first Making Art Showcase (9th – 17th Sept, 8pm) which sees four theatre companies showcasing exciting new work on unity’s stage. Expect anything from strange comical goings on in shops, physical theatrical movements in call centres and visually stunning projections!
Returning back to unity after a two-year break are 20 Stories High with the award winning writer Laurence Wilson’s Blackberry Trout Face (21st – 23 Sep, 7.30pm). In this bold gritty grime-style drama issues of loyalty, family are tackled in this powerful, modern play specifically aimed at young audiences.
unity’s first performance in October is Feelgood Theatre’s Slave (4th – 8th Oct, 7.30pm). Winner of the Pete Postlethwaite’s Best New Play 2011. Following the true story told by dance, capella music and visuals of Mende Nazer who escaped slavery in Sudan only to be faced with new struggles of asylum and freedom. Slave will be running in line with Black History Month (Liverpool) and is part of the Education Programme in association Anti-Slavery International.
Other highlights in the October programme included a debut for Forced Entertainment with the bleak comical tale Void Story, (14th & 15th Oct, 8pm) Mason Foo’s sell out Edinburgh sell out show Memoirs Of A Biscuit Tin (20th Oct) and the return of unity favourites Lip Service with Withering Looks (21s & 22nd Oct, 8pm), as well as the newly named Invisible Thread (formally Faulty Optic) with their ‘true’ puppet fairy-tale, Plucked (27th Oct, 8pm).
November see’s the return of the fabulous Homotopia festival (1st-30th Nov, 8pm). This year’s festival theme is Cruising For Art which will showcase an array of the queer, the bold, the unexpected and the daring.
Highlights at unity include the World Premiere of Joseph Mercier’s Cruising Clubbing and F*cking (2nd & 3rd Nov, 8pm) an Audience with David Hoyle (10th Nov, 6pm), streamed live on homotopia.tv and the return of Earthfall’s highly physical (and very wet!) At Swim Two Boys (8th & 9th Nov, 8pm).Coinciding with the novel’s 10th anniversary Jamie O’Neill’s book, in this stunning piece of dance theatre follow two boys develop their love affair amongst the backdrop of Ireland, 1916 in their search for personal freedom. This is definitely a show not to be missed!
This Christmas unity has something for everyone- The Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor (30th Nov – 21st Jan 12’ – see unity website for full dates) is directed by unity’s own Artistic Director Graeme Phillips who’s last Christmas show direction was in 1996 (Beauty and the Beast), and promises to be full of adventure on the high seas! Expect puppetry, songs, projection with giants, whales, genie’s and magic carpets.
For the more adult audience at unity Mr Terry Titter’s Cosy Chrimbo!! (7th – 17th Dec, 8pm). Expect the usual hilarious Christmas gags galore, rude jokes a plenty and the odd song if you’re lucky from Reenee. Keep up to date with all Terry’s antics at theterrytittershow.com.
Big Wow round off unity’s autumn season with their New Year Comedy (12th-28th Jan, 8pm) to help kick those post-Christmas blues. The Big Wow boys will be presenting their fresh new ideas for this show (30th July, 8pm) and are welcoming feedback, heckling and guaranteed you’ll see them in the bar afterwards! So if you want to see the New Year comedy take shape don’t miss them in action in July!
For full listings and to download the Autumn brochure go to: unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk. For more information on making art go to:unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk/getinvolved/makingart.html