Liverpool's inaugural improvisation festival
We are pleased to announce the first ever edition of the Liverpool Improvisation Festival: This new two-day festival is supported and hosted by the Unity Theatre, Liverpool. The festival opens on Friday the 21st of April (3pm) and runs through till late on Saturday the 22nd of April (10pm).
Across the two days we have an exciting programme of work including 12 shows (two world premieres + one UK premiere) and four workshops. There is a mix of established artists / companies and those who are new and emerging.
All the work is improvised and draws upon numerous art forms including clown, comedy, fooling, music, puppetry, storytelling, and theatre.
Liverpool has a long history of developing or hosting improvised work – Ken Campbell, Improbable theatre, HOOF! and The Improvathon the list goes on. We hope to build on this proud legacy bringing you the best work from across the North-West and beyond. Journalist Vicky Anderson documents the past two decades in her article here LONG READ: The story of Liverpool improv — Made Up: (onstageinliverpool.com)
Clink on the button below to go to the full schedule, which includes links to shows, workshops and tickets.
Thanks to Catherine Jones who has written a preview piece on the festival Liverpool Improvisation Festival comes to Unity Theatre this spring (artscityliverpool.com)
Thanks to the Liverpool Guide who have written a a preview piece on the festival theguideliverpool.com/the-first-ever-liverpool-improvisation-festival-is-coming-to-unity-theatre-this-spring/
Thanks to the British Theatre guide who have written a preview piece on the festival Theatre news: Liverpool improv festival (britishtheatreguide.info)
Thanks to Uncover Liverpool who have written a preview piece on the festival Liverpool Improvisation Festival - Uncover Liverpool
Thanks to Opening nights who have written a preview piece on the festival Liverpool Improvisation Festival 2023 — Opening Nights
Thanks to Jess from The Liverpool Echo who has written a preview piece on the festival New 'first of its kind' festival coming to Liverpool city centre - Liverpool Echo
Mark was recently interviewed by Sean Styles on BBC radio Merseyside in which he discusses the festival. Listen from 34 minutes in. Sean Styles - 01/04/2023 - BBC Sounds
Thanks to Dais Wilson who interviewed Mark and performers Lee Hithersay, Alice Rowbottom and Joanne Tremarco Liverpool’s first ever improvisation festival arrives in April 2023! – Mersey Focus (wordpress.com)
Mark was recently interviewed by Iain Luke Jones about LiF, plus his own improv journey.