We are pleased to announce the return of the Liverpool Improvisation Festival. Building on from the successful launch last year, LIF 2024 will be even bigger, with more performances, a film competition and an additional day dedicated to workshops.
The festival is once again supported and hosted by the Unity Theatre and LJMU.
Liverpool is a great city with lots to do and was recently rated as the 7th best in the world by Timeout magazine and the lowest cost for accessing Arts and Culture.
Shows opens on Friday the 19th of April (1:15pm) and runs through till late on Saturday the 20th of April (10pm). On Sunday the 21st there is a whole day of workshops hosted by LJMU.
All the work is improvised and draws upon numerous art forms including clown, comedy, dance, drag, musical theatre, opera, storytelling, and theatre.
The three-day festival includes 13 shows (five world premieres), a film competition in which improvisers from across the world can participate in and four workshops from leading national and international practitioners.
The festival encourages innovation; risk taking and are inspired by those that do. Our aim is to create opportunity for those who create, perform and teach improvised live performance at whatever stage of their career and across multiple art forms. In doing so we aim to educate, inspire and develop future audiences and performers / teachers of improvisation.
Liverpool has a long history of developing or hosting improvised work – Ken Campbell, Improbable theatre, HOOF!, The Improvathon, Showstoppers, Austentatious and MC Hammersmith, the list goes on. LiF aims to build annually on this proud legacy bringing the very best local, regional, national, and international improvised work to Liverpool audiences.
Support the festival
LiF is an independent improvisation festival. All financial support will be used to create seed funding opportunities for new improvised work.
You can make a one off donation or subscribe monthly via Patreon.
Your support is gratefully received.
Media - 2024
Thank to Catherine Jones from Arts City Liverpool for the festival preview.
Liverpool Improvisation Festival 2024 dates and shows announced (artscityliverpool.com)
Thanks to Uncover Liverpool for the festival preview.
Liverpool Improvisation Festival returns for 2024 – Uncover Liverpool
Thanks to Nadine Jump from the Creative Wire for the festival preview
What's On: Liverpool Improvisation Festival — Likeminded Productions
LiF 2024 schedule
The full line up of shows, workshops are listed here:
LIF 2024 Schedule
Aims of the festival
The festival encourages innovation, risk taking and are inspired by those that do. The festival aims to create opportunity for those who create and teach improvised live performance at whatever stage of their career and across multiple art forms. In doing so we aim to educate, inspire and develop future audiences and performers of improvisation.
Visiting the festival
The Unity Theatre and
The Unity Theatre is located on:
1 Hope Place, Liverpool, L1 9BG
Home - Unity Theatre (unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk)
0151 709 4988
Box Office Opening Hours
Unity is open to the public 2 hours before show start time
You are able to contact our box office at the following times:
Via Phone: Mon – Fri, 10am – 5pm
In Venue: 2 hours before show start time
You can book tickets for our shows 24/7 using the UNITY website.
The Joe H Makin Drama Centre is located on:
1 Hope Place, Liverpool, L1 9BG (next door to the Unity theatre)
Entrance via Pilgrim street through large blue gates.
Opening Hours: 9:30am-5pm
Registration: workshop registration will take place in the foyer of the Drama Centre - we advise that you register at least 10 minutes before your workshop is due to start.
Access needs: There are staff on hand to show you around. If you have specific access needs, please let us know in advance via email at
The Unity Theatre is a 15 minute walk from Lime street station (Mainline) and a ten minute walk from Central station (Merseyrail).
There are numerous small hotels within the area all of which are 5 minutes from the venue. There are numerous bars, coffee shops, cafes and restaurants near to the Unity theatre.
There is on street pay & display parking around Hope Street.
There are car parks on:
– Renshaw Street (8 min walk)
– Hanover Street (15 min walk)
– Mount Pleasant (10 min walk)
– Duke Street (10 min walk)
– Lime Street Station (15 min walk)
Please note that between 8am & 6pm it is residents only parking on Hope Place.
If you are staying overnight these are a good resource for affordable accommodation.
The festival is supported by: