The UK’s only international physical theatre festival returns to Liverpool this June for an 8-day extravaganza of live & online performance, conversation & workshops, brought to you by the city’s own Tmesis Theatre.
Highlights include award winning clown, Lucy Hopkins with her hilarious, Ceremony of Golden Truth, along with incredible circus/dance artists Joli Vyann who will perform a beautiful – and free – outdoor piece.
The recently restored Albert Walker Hall – a beautiful hidden gem at the Linacre Methodist Mission in Bootle – is set to take centre stage as the venue for an exciting new site-specific, immersive piece, created by Tmesis Theatre, Memoria.
Other venues and locations for the 8-day long festival include the Unity Theatre, Toxteth TV, and outside the iconic Metropolitan Cathedral.
The female-led, award-winning Liverpool company, Tmesis Theatre will continue their support of northern female artists by offering bursaries & mentoring to create new work for the festival.
This year’s bursary award winners are dance theatre artist, Kate Jackson and a British-Nigerian multidisciplinary artist, Gold Maria Akanbi.
Artistic Director, Elinor Randle said “I am really pleased, after such a difficult year for artists to be able to bring Physical Fest back, offer opportunities to artists and bring a fantastic mix of exciting performance in different spaces to the city region as well as online.”
Alongside the live programme, the festival will host a range of online events and workshops, including an insight into the creative process of Belgium’s premier dance theatre company Peeping Tom, along with Tree’s – an audio journey from International Art Clown, Jamie Wood who walked for 10 days between Coventry and Treherbert in South Wales, retracing the movement of his ancestors.
Tickets and information for all the performances at this year’s Physical Fest can be found at https://www.tmesistheatre.com/physical-fest/.
The festival, which runs from 25th June until the 2nd July, is supported by Arts Council England, Liverpool City Council and the Granada Foundation.
Physical Fest 2021 is dedicated to the memory of much-loved local photographer, Mark Loudon.
Lead image – Joli Vyann