PERFORMANCE PROGRAMME

Physical Fest is Tmesis Theatre’s international physical theatre festival. A 6-day festival presenting performance, workshops, a conference and bursaries for the creation of new work. A celebration of the rich variety of local, national and international contemporary physical work, the only festival of its kind in the UK. The festival is funded by the Arts Council England and Liverpool City Council.

I CRIED BECAUSE I HAD NO SHOES UNTIL…
IZUMI ASHIZAWA (JAPAN)
UNITY THEATRE
TUES 11TH JUNE, 7.30PM
£12/£15

Real, Nostalgic, dreamlike memories all intertwine, collide, and dissolve in this powerful, physical performance, exploring ‘Shoes’ in gender and racial politics. Incorporating traditional Japanese performance styles and puppetry, Izumi Ashizawa’s creates a hauntingly beautiful performance.

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“SHE’S BOLD. SHE’S IMPRESSIONISTIC, AND SHE’S DEMANDING OF YOUR ATTENTION.”

 

Washington DC Metro

BUTT KAPINSKI (USA)
UNITY THEATRE
TUES 11TH JUNE, 9.00PM
& THURS 13TH JUNE, 8.30pm
£10/£8

Think it’s a solo show? Think again. The international sensation of gender trickery and audience immersion is back in England for a very limited run. Private eye Butt Kapinski invites you to co-star in a choose-your-own-adventure murder mystery. The ensuing funny, filthy ride is riddled with sex, sin, shadows and subterfuge. No seat is safe! ADULTS ONLY.

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★★★★★ “A TOUR DE FORCE OF CHARACTER COMEDY AND CLOWNING.”

 

The Independent

 

★★★★ “COMPLETELY UNIQUE, BRILLIANT, INSANE, SURPRISING AND FUNNY.”

 

Graham Norton

“TERRIFICALLY INVENTIVE AND INVARIABLY HILARIOUS… A MASTER CRAFTSWOMAN AT WORK.”

 

FEST UK

FANG (SPAIN)
ANIMAL RELIGION
THE CAPSTONE THEATRE
WED 12TH JUNE, 7.30pm
£12/£10

500kg of clay, a 70kg human body. Live music.

 

Internationally renowned, Catalan circus company, Animal Religion explore the relationship between clay and body, constantly transforming, with their trademark surreal humour, acrobatics and stunning circus skills.

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MERAKI COLLECTIVE
KILL A WITCH OR DIE TRYING
FEMALE ARTIST - FEST BURSARY AWARD 2019
UNITY THEATRE
THU 13TH JUNE, 4pm
PAY WHAT YOU DECIDE

From the days of burning at the stake to slaying the successful woman on Twitter, Women are being demonised for speaking up and standing out. “Kill a Witch or Die Trying” is the new visually captivating, belly laugh inducing dance theatre work by Meraki Collective. Journey through the depths of “Monstrous Woman” and celebrate with us the formidable power of Woman.

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ROWENA GANDER - THE TEN INCH HEELS
FEMALE ARTIST - FEST BURSARY AWARD 2019
UNITY THEATRE
FRI 14TH JUNE, 5.30, 6, 6.30, 7pm (15 min)
PAY WHAT YOU DECIDE
16+

Do objects have the capacity to make you feel empowered or objectified? What is that object for you? “The Ten Inch Heels” explores the extrinsic value of sexualised and exaggerated femininity, questioning how engagement with high heels can either promote or dissolve female subordination.

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DIVE
UNITY THEATRE
FRI 14TH JUNE, 7.30pm (£10/8)

3 extracts of new work. 1 night. Come and witness exciting work from across Europe in clown, bouffant and physical theatre. Featuring; Teatro Pomodoro, Madame Señorita and the Reetta Honkakoski Company:

 

Teatro Pomodoro – Fish out of Water: A Shipwrecked Odyssey

 

Blends clown, live music and dark comedy to playfully turn Ancient Greece upside down. Welcome to a world where the Sirens are the unsung heroines and Odysseus can never find his way home. After “Cabaret From The Shadows” went from Physical Fest 2016 to become a Brighton Fringe 2017 award winner, touring nationally and internationally, Teatro Pomodoro have brought in Petra Massey to help devise this new show.

 

Madame Señorita – Paula Valluerca (SPAIN)

 

ESPOUSA is the attempt of a clown to find and experience Perfect Romantic Love. Although her interpretation of that might be slightly different than what we would all expect… Paula Valluerca an award-winning theatre maker and comedic performer trained in LISPA and in clowning with Phillipe Gaullier, Dr. Brown & Nikole Kehberger.

 

Reetta Honkakoski Company (FINLAND)

 

A girl, three bears and the power of imagination: this is a disjointed tale of growing up in a society run by men. Set in the surreal state between waking and sleep, this hypnotic show explores the subversive capacity of the subconscious in transforming our world. The company, known for their exquisitely intense shows,  collaborate with a talented international cast of Corporeal Mime actors, and the full show premieres in October at Jacksons Lane in London.

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“TEATRO POMODORO IS ANARCHIC THEATRE AT ITS BEST.”

 

Fringe Review for Cabaret From The Shadows

“CLOWNING AT ITS PUREST AND BEST.”

 

The Skinny (Madame Señorita)

JAMIE WOOD - NARKY SIZZLE AND THE COCONUTS
UNITY THEATRE
SAT 15TH JUNE, 2pm
£8/£5 - Preview!

For children aged 4-9 and their families.

 

Narky Sizzle, rock star extraordinaire, has arrived in your town. He’s ready to perform – with out-of-this-world jumping music, leg- jiggling dancing and costumes to make your eyes pop.

 

But wait… Where are the Coconuts?

 

Their instruments are here but the band is nowhere to be seen…

 

What will Narky do? Maybe you can help. Will you join Narky’s band? The show must go on!

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★★★★ “JAMIE WOOD IS A PERFORMER TO FALL IN LOVE WITH.”

 

Exeunt on O No!

WICKED WOMEN - TMESIS TRAINING COMPANY
TIMES AND LOCATION COMING SOON- FREE
SAT 15TH JUNE

A company of 14 female performers stage a new outdoor performance piece, celebrating extraordinary women from history that changed the world.

 

A fast paced, bold and dynamic physical spectacle suitable for all ages.

 

Tmesis Training Company is a professional performance project for emerging physical performers directed by Elinor Randle (Artistic Director, Tmesis Theatre.)

SMASHED - GANDINI JUGGLING
UNITY THEATRE
SAT 15TH JUNE, 7.30pm
£15/£12

HERALD ANGEL AWARD WINNER.

 

The dark art of juggling.

 

80 apples, 9 performers, 4 crockery sets. You are cordially invited to a tea party that you will never forget.

 

At the forefront of contemporary circus for over 20 years, and having performed in over 40 countries, Gandini Juggling bring their award-winning sensation SMASHED. A mesmerising mix of circus and theatre, inspired by the work of Pina Bausch, this is a rare opportunity to catch this global SMASH hit.

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★★★★ “A BRAVURA ENTERTAINMENT FOR ALL AGES, THIS IS A JUICY TREAT FROM FIRST BITE TO ITS MID-AIR CORE.”

 

The Herald

★★★★ “JUGGLING: NOT JUST ARTFUL BUT ART…GLORIOUS. WHEN IT COMES TO JUGGLING, THE GANDINI’S PIP EVERYONE ELSE.”

 

The Guardian

PERFORMANCE VENUES

Unity Theatre, 1 Hope Place, Liverpool, L1 9BG

Capstone Theatre, 17 Shaw Street, Liverpool, L6 1HP