UNITY Theatre in Liverpool has announced its 2019 Spring season. A number of theatre-makers return to the venue by popular demand, presented alongside award-winning new work from the Edinburgh and Manchester Fringe Festivals.
Family challenges are tackled head on in energetic cabaret-style with Edinburgh Fringe hit No Kids on 24 – 25 Jan, where same-sex couple George and Nir delve into the conundrum of whether to procreate. Unconventional families take centre stage in David Judge’s SparkPlug from 26 Feb – 2 Mar as a white man becomes the adoptive father, mother and best friend of a mixed-race child. Finally, generations are at odds in Under the Umbrella (21-23 March) when a grandmother takes her granddaughter’s love life into her own hands at the ‘marriage market’ of Guangzhou.
20 Stories High and Theatre Rites join forces for Big Up! (8 – 16 Feb) a new show for 3-6 year-olds and their families that brings together a beatboxer, a beatboxer and a puppeteer. The team also bring Mash Up (14 Feb) – a fusion of music and spoken word for ages 13 and up. On 9 Feb poet, author and broadcaster Lemn Sissay MBE will be at the theatre for a fundraising evening of poetry and discussion.
Full mask theatre company Vamos return with A Brave Face on 21 – 22 Feb, last seen in spring 2018. Also making a comeback by popular demand is Chris Thorpe, one of the UK’s most exciting theatre-makers. His show Status (30 March) questions some of the most pressing issues of our time; nationality, identity and belonging. Red Ladder return with Glory (14 – 16 March), produced with The Dukes in association with Tamasha. It’s a hilarious new play from award-winning writer Nick Ahad about three wrestlers and what they’ll do to achieve glory.
Finishing the season is Will Hammond’s POP on 11 – 12 April, where a teenage friendship is put to the test in this audacious portrait of urban 1990’s Northern Britain. The show, from EVENTHORIZON. THEATRECO. won the prestigious Pick of the Fringe Award at the Greater Manchester Fringe 2018 and is hotly anticipated.
Gordon Millar, Unity Theatre’s Artistic Director and CEO, commented: “Our Spring 2019 season is a dynamic mix of powerful storytelling, contemporary themes and meaningful theatre that packs a punch. We have world class theatre-makers like Chris Thorpe back by popular demand, alongside much-anticipated Unity first-timers such as Yellow Earth. We’re kicking off the New Year with some of the boldest, most exhilarating theatre around, and I hope you can join us.”
Full listings and tickets for all shows available at www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk
Box Office: 0151 709 4988 or www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk
Venue: Unity Theatre, 1 Hope Pl, Liverpool L1 9BG