Launch coming soon - Festival 2024
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, Liverpool and LJMU.
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, 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.
Image created by Jason Kelly from LiF 2023.
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.
The Unity Theatre
Travel + Accommodation
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 our website.
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.