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Liverpool, 1912, 23 year old Adolf Hitler, failed artist and future Fuhrer, comes to stay with his half-brother Alois and his family at 102 Upper Stanhope Street in Toxteth. What is it like having a dictator for a lodger? A portrait of the madman as a young man!
A chance to see eight short plays in one sitting - some comic, some poignant - but always thought provoking, and all made in America. The first half features six short one-act plays on the theme of ?Life and Art'. These plays explore man's various relationships to the art we create, featuring stories of musicians, aspiring actors and has-beens... and a man posing as a dead impressionist painter. The second half comprises of two one-act plays on the theme of ?Death and Rebirth'. The first of these plays explores the magic of love and its juxtaposition with the mystery of death. The second explores the unique ways we sustain ourselves as a people and continue to propagate our inherited culture. American Snapshots promises to be amusing, entertaining and stimulating. No matter what your taste, there is something here for everyone.
Performed by second-year Actuing students.
'There's two kinds of people Callum. There's you. And there's everyone else'. Callum realises modern life is rubbish and walks out on his, but to who knows where? Stage Best Ensemble and Total Theatre nominees Big Wow (Insomnobabble) return with a new, ferociously-paced magical piece of theatre. Extremely funny, maybe even a little bit profound.
Jess Thom has Tourettes, a condition that makes her say 'biscuit' 16,000 times a day. Her unusual neurology gives her a unique perspective on life; one she's about to unleash on the world. This two-woman solo show weaves comedy, puppetry, singing, and incredible tics to explore spontaneity, creativity, disability, and things you never knew would make you laugh. Geranium bashing and penguin gangbangs may or may not feature - no two shows can ever be the same. Jess is neurologically incapable of staying on script, and that's when the fun begins. 'Delightful' (Stephen Fry).
Jess is one of the 10% of people with Tourettes Syndrome who has swearing tics, so this performance may include the involuntary use of words that some audiences may find offensive. Duration: 1hr. Suitability: 16+
Unity One. Part of U.Decide
In May 2005 middle-aged Kenny Noonan travels to Istanbul to watch Liverpool play AC Milan in the Champions’ League final. What Liverpool achieved is dramatic legend. What happened to Kenny is stranger than fiction. Based on a bizarre real event - a scouser ends up sitting next to Italy’s Prime Minister. A laugh out loud, story of a man’s attempt to rediscover his belief in himself, his club, and his city - a must see for all comedy lovers and football fans.
Lorca offers his poetic and disturbing personal vision of Spanish life in the 1930's. In a society where all weddings are blood weddings, this classical tragedy, starkly plotted, offers all the traditional elements of ill fated lovers and family feuds.
David Ireland's radical new take on Lorca's play re-fuels this classic story with a contemporary twist. Jenny Sealey and David Ireland push this tale of searing lust, love and rebellion to its limits. When young lovers are overrun with passion, infatuation and defiance - the consequences are explosive. All performances are Audio Descriped, British Sign Language interpreted and Captioned.
A tale of two best friends whose friendship has spanned over 20 years until Rita's son James took a fatal bullet in Afghanistan saving Maggie's son Paul. Rita and Maggie were more like sisters until this devastating tragedy shattered both their lives and their friendship, with emotions high things may be taking a turn for the worst. Maggie is desperate to save the friendship but doesn't realise Rita just wants to die. A packet of ginger nuts and a cuppa tea may not be enough to resolve this situation, can Maggie save the friendship and Rita. Friendship, Love, laughter, sadness and hope are all at the centre of this touching story along with the devastating long term effects that war has on everyone not just those on the battlefield.
"If you put me up against the wall and put a gun to my head, I'd probably admit to being a liberal. Actually if you put me up against a wall and put a gun to my head I'd probably admit to being whatever you wanted me to be. And of course, putting a gun to my head is exactly what I'd expect someone like you to do." Confirmation is a show about the gulf between beliefs that we can't talk across. About our knee-jerk dismissal of the opposing viewpoint. About the echo chamber of agreement and validation we live in. About the way we only choose to see the evidence that proves we're right. Working with research into the phenomenon of Confirmation Bias, and a conversation with political extremism, Confirmation is an attempt to have an honourable dialogue, real and imagined, across that gulf. Not to debate the viewpoints, but to find out how we come to believe what we believe, and how, from a common starting point, we can end up so far apart.
Unity One. Part of U.Decide
"Let's go for a drink. I don't know what I'm doing here anyway. One drink. And if you never want to see me again you never have to see me again." One relationship. Infinite possibilities. Quantum multiverse theory, love and honey. An explosive new play about free will and friendship.
"I was doing something nobody had done before, and if you're the first to do something, you have to be prepared to take the sh*t for it." On the eve of one of the most important games of his career, Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas received a warning: The Sun newspaper was going to "out" him as gay. This is the story of two Welsh names bruised, but not beaten, by media speculation; Gareth "Alfie" Thomas, 105 caps for Wales, once its captain, now the world's most prominent gay sportsman; and his hometown, Bridgend.
Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears' dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. I made a decision. I did this by thinking of all the things I could do and deciding whether they were the right decision or not. He has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world. My name is Christopher John Francis Boone. I know all the countries of the world and the capital cities. And every prime number up to 7507.
A group of teenagers do something bad, really bad, then panic and cover the whole thing up. But when they find that the cover-up unites them and brings harmony to their otherwise fractious lives, where’s the incentive to put things right?
The war is over and the nation lies in ruins. You and your fellow survivors must build the beginnings of a new country. What are the rules you're going to live by? And can you avoid the mistakes of the past?
A piece of interactive theatre for a playing audience, Early Days (of a better nation) explores the possibilities of nationhood and democracy, drawing inspiration from the 2011 England riots, Arab Spring, Iceland's crowd-sourced constitution and the rise (and fall) of Occupy. Early Days is presented as a part of Parliament Week 2014, a programme of events that connect people across the UK with Parliament and democracy.
You're six years old. Mum's in hospital. Dad says she's 'done something stupid'. She finds it hard to be happy. You start to make a list of everything that's brilliant about the world. Everything that's worth living for. 1. Ice cream, 2. Water fights, 3. Things with stripes, 4. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose, 5. Rollercoasters, 6. Me. A new play about depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love. The show involves members of the audience, making each performance unique.
Running time: 1hr 10mins. Age 14+
Never mind devolution, it's time for a revolution! Liverpool and Manchester have not always got on but there is one thing that they are agreed on - the North is better off without the South. The Mayors of these two great cities have put their heads together and come up with a plan to leave the South behind. With some careful planning and a bit of fracking the united North is making a break for it. Westminster have woken up to the fact that they might have to live in a country without Eccles Cakes and politeness so they are putting whatever spanners they can find into the works. Sabotage is the order of the day and the Government are not pulling any punches. A frenzied debate turns into all out war as the army takes to the streets. Can the North ever be free? Will Corrie be pay per view? Who wants Coventry?
Age advisory 16+. Some strong language. Running time: 2hrs inclu. interval
The extraordinary story of Marty Ferrara, a longshoreman who challenges the mobsters and gangs of 50s New York and takes a stand against the corruption he witnesses from the authorities who control the docks. The story of a close-knit community grappling with a world of crime and punishment, of changing industry and immigration from abroad, The Hook is a study in integrity and betrayal, charting one man's struggle for meaningful change.
Amidst the political tensions of 1950s America, Arthur Miller's The Hook was banned by the FBI for fear that it could cause unrest in New York's dockyards. Sixty years later, to mark the centenary of the great playwrights' birth, we present the world premiere of Miller's 'play for the screen' in an adaptation by Ron Hutchinson.
The play charts the fate of everyman Norville Barnes, a naive business graduate who take on the might of the Hudsucker Industries as part of a stock scam. This is a madcap, high-octane story captures perfectly the everyday battle between worker bee and top brass which is played out en masse in offices across the land.
Based on the Warner Brothers film, The Hudsucker Proxy written by Ethan Cohen & Joel Cohen and Sam Raimi. Presented with kind permission of Warner Brothers Theatre Ventures.
A rambunctious dark comedy taking us on a journey through the inner workings of one man's depraved and flirtatiously outrageous mind. What happens when imagination takes over and our human imperfections come out to play?
King Lear divides his Kingdom between his daughters according to a declaration of their love for him. His eldest Goneril and Regan exaggerate their affection and inherit. His youngest daughter Cordelia speaks only the truth and is banished. So begins the tragedy of King Lear, whose dignity, sanity and finally life are torn from him by a self-seeking younger generation, ambitious for his power. What is love, what is madness, what is truth - Shakespeare explores these questions together with many others in King Lear, widely considered to be his greatest tragedy.
Last year 4,000 people drowned trying to get to Europe in rickety migrant boats. The UK government responded by eliminating support for the main rescue programme. One man's job is to pull bodies out of the Mediterranean; the sea that gave birth to the world. And in the UK, a payday loan collector tramps from door to door hearing complaints about immigration and the jobs crisis. In a story of divide and rule, two strangers strive to find human connection in a world of separation. This is the story of two Europes - one that people are desperate to enter, and one that people are desperate to keep for themselves.
Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she has left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day's grace. It's time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear.
Performed with a Greek Chorus.
Six lottery winners who have lost their millions attend therapy in an attempt to learn that money doesn't buy happiness. But unknown to their therapist they are in a syndicate and desperate to hit the jackpot again!
How Now Mrs Brown Cow is part of the hilarious series written by and starring Brendan O'Carroll.
Playing amongst the enigmatic instructions of Yoko Ono's art works, in the shadow of Lennon's death, O No! is a psychedelic ride, a wonky homage to the woman damned for destroying the Beatles.
Part of Physical Fest. Unity One
A high ranking government minister with a colourful past is sent on a delicate diplomatic mission to Istanbul. But when his trip ends up in a horrific bar room brawl, social media explodes and the enigmatic darling of a political party becomes Europe's most wanted man overnight. Chased by the authorities, damned by religious leaders, pursued by those looking for vengeance and head-hunted by fanatics, his Odyssey begins. Plunged into the ancient past Odysseus must now contend with all the unworldly beings and unnatural phenomena that stand in his way. The Cyclops, the Sirens, witches, whirlpools and flesh-eating armies must all be overcome in the struggle for survival and the long voyage back to the present day. Back at home, with her husband missing presume dead, his wife Penelope and their young son are besieged by the press, ravenous for the full story.
Two one-act plays by Nobel-prize winning playwright Harold Pinter - Party Time and Celebration
Party Time - Privileged guests at an exclusive party discuss the trappings of their wealth, all the while protected from the afflictions of the impoverished masses by an unseen military force. Pinter's modern classic is a biting satire of the class system. Party Time is set in a world in which the elite view the troubles of the working classes with extreme disdain, and must protect their way of life by eradicating dissent among the proletariat at any cost. Performed by second-year Acting students. Celebration - At an upmarket restaurant in London, three couples and the restaurant staff weave a cautionary and darkly comic tale about the empty lives of the nouveau riche. Starting as a celebratory wedding anniversary meal for one of the couples, conversation turns towards sinister subjects to reveal ignorance, misogyny and lost values.
Promise boldy explores the aspirations of young people and the promises that are made to them. Animals (15+) tells the stories of young adults who've given up on society, and earn their living illegally
Queertet is a no holds barred celebration of LGBT theatre wrapped up in four short plays and one hilarious evening. A previous finalist of SEEN Magazine Event of the Year, this sassy, saucy and deeply satisfying evening is the perfect opener to Pride season. Recommended 18+
4 original short LGBT themed plays by upcoming writers that are sure to delight and intrigue. Heralding the start of Liverpool Pride in colourful, energetic and sparkling style, Queertet is back in town!
Fifteen people huddle in an air raid shelter as the Luftwaffe mercilessly assault Liverpool. They pass the time telling stories of love, tragedy and loss, singing and making do with the odd bottle of stout and a pan of scouse. Class differences, petty squabbles and black market deals raise tensions as they desperately let old acquaintances be forgot and prepare to welcome in a happier new year... Combining humour and warmth, pathos and tragedy, songs and dancing. Red Skies is a salutary and timely reminder of the horrors of war, both then and now.
The story of frustrated young (illegally young in modern terms) love and death and the vendetta between two families in a tight-knit Italian community. One of Shakespeare's most popular and enduring dramas it has also been re-done as film, ballet, musical (most notably "West Side Story") and ice spectacular!
Performances at Calderstone?s Mansion House.
Spring is in the air and the spuds are in the ground. When two blokes want to sit down and have a laugh without being bothered by anyone else there's no place better than an allotment shed. And when those two mates have been best buds for the more than 50 years there's a lot of water has flowed under the bridge. Most of it funny but some of it troubled. It's just another day in the shed and the banter flies thick and fast as they talk about the old days, girlfriends and the best way to boil a sprout. But things are never quite how they seem. Two giants of the Liverpool stage Paul Broughton and Michael Starke have written and star in this great new bittersweet comedy about friendships, secrets and sheds. Packed with laughs and a few home truths you'll be telling all your mates to grab a ticket!
Age advisory 14+ some strong language
Fresh, unexpected and provocative theatre created fresh from the major news stories of the week. Expect the intensity of the newsroom mixed with cutting political satire - all reading the pulse of the world around us. Join us for our opening unmissable election week show! Part of the U-Decide week of political performance!
Run by Nick Walker
Two women astronomers, Jessica Bell from the C21st and Caroline Herschel from the C18th - look up at the same night sky and find themselves colliding in their search for understanding. Caroline longs for a family and home of her own; Jess contemplates the prospect of losing both. Each woman can precisely map her position in the universe; yet she struggles to find her place in the world.
Seven women enrol in a writers workshop under the tutelage of Rose. They begin to put their tales on paper, however Rose has a secret tragedy of her own. With the community centre under threat of closure the new writers' talents could be lost forever.
Stressed? Over-worked? Need some time out? Sit back, relax and enjoy some group therapy. Our award-winning Unity Youth Theatre looks at issues of Mental Health and young people's health-and-wellbeing. Open to all young people from 14-18 years our Youth Theatre works with professional theatre companies and practitioners gaining experience in the performing arts, developing a wide variety of skills to create performances on unity's stages.
Until They Kick Us Out is a vibrant and relevant piece devised to take a bold and original look at the issues facing young people today, while encouraging audiences to make a change. With 1 million young people not yet registered to vote, is it too late to engage an entire generation in YEP's revolution? The play touches on issues such as war, feminism, bullying, education and employment which the YEP members feel have been marginalised in the political debate by immigration, devolution and the political point scoring from the country's major parties
Devised by the Company
Set in a remote village hall, Motivators is a slimming and fitness club that could find itself under the spotlight of a reality television show. The club's members want to look good for the cameras, but it's so hard to give up chocolate and cake!