Making Art is the name of the Unity Theatre’s artist development programme, and it is kicking off their autumn season with not one but five new pieces that have been made possible by the scheme. It provides a £100 loan as well as technical, marketing and administrative assistance to aid the development of new performances, shows and events. Anyone new company, group or artist can apply.
Past participants have included Ullaloom (with last year’s Christmas success The Red Shoes), comedian Terry Titter, comedy duo Big Wow, and physical theatre specialists Tmesis. From September 9 to 17 there will be the chance to catch a number of new shows from up-and-coming Liverpool talent. Tickets are £6 per show.
First is Tales from Under the Counter, from Idiotsinsync. The show is described as a dark comedy exploring loss, discovery and the blight of all things small. “If you are a fan of theatre that makes you laugh while at the same time makes you shudder then Idioitsinsync are for you,” they claim. “We have no shame…” Ooer. (September 9 & 10.)
The Daily Times is another dark comedy, set in the cut-throat world of newspapers. Having just broken the record circulation, newspaper printing duo Simon Payne and Richard Eager are on top of the world — but the arrival of a new assistant will challenge their successful practice in pursuit of some truth. Set in the cut-throat world of newspapers, you say? Well, that’s good enough for me. We’re a self-obsessed lot. (September 12 & 13.)
Next is 7 Stages Of Grief, a one-woman performance that examines life after loss or trauma, through movement, humor, poetry and prose. (September 14 & 15.)
Then Reflections Of Projections by physical theatre company 2tonedtheatre is a “powerful, sometimes shocking performance” that finds “lost souls locked inside a forgotten world; souls whose screams of confusion and outspoken memories have – until now – been silenced….” (September 16 & 17.) And finally, Plastic Factory presents Cold Call. Set in a call centre, this physical piece examines the mundane life. Repetition and pedestrian gestures are used to the extreme to explore the real lives of the employees by uncovering what is really going on inside their heads. (September 16 & 17 pre-show.)