Physicalfest 2017

This May Physical Fest returns to Unity Theatre.  With a programme packed full of incredible artists - from the local to the international.

So dust off your dancebelts, unpack your unitards... here's a look at what's on offer!

See 3 Physical Fest shows at Unity Theatre for just £30
Add 3 shows to your basket to activate the discount!


Fri 26 May
  Sat 27 May

Only Bones   Jetlag

Only Bones

Kallo Collective (FINLAND)

‘... extrordinary inventveness created by a limitless imagination...’ Theatreview

Using body manipulation and a contemporary approach to clowning, performed by an off-the-wall character, Only Bones in an award-winning solo show using one light, one performer and no text.

★★★★ '45 minutes of body-generated invention that will likely send you back out into the night with a spring in your step' - The List



Chailwate (BELGIUM)

In between airports, from a crowded transit zone to a confined aeroplane cabin, a man is trying to keep his loneliness at bay. Lost in exhilaration and confusion, as he moves from one place to the next, space and time are blurred; he dreams of a new start. But as he steps forward on his quest, he realises that things might not turn out the way he expected. A physically impressive, poetic and beautiful spectacle from Belgium’s premiere physical theatre company.


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Tue 30 May
  Thu 1 Jun

Double Bill   Origins

Physical Fest Double Bill: Sean Kempton's STUFF & Jo Tremarco's Dying on my feet (work in progress)

‘a show that everyone will enjoy!’ 
The Stage (For Sean Kempton's STUFF)

STUFF is a love story but not one you’ve seen a million times before. Playful, funny, sad and familiar, Lead clown for Cirque du Soleil, Sean Kempton, mixes comedy, mime, clowning and the odd bit of dance in this absurdist show about love

Jo Tremarco - last year's Physical Fest bursary winner - returns with 'Dying on My Feet', a comic-tragic odyssey of the soul, taking a closer look at 'death' the the elephant in the 'living' room.


Fest Live

'I have had the pleasure of seeing some outstanding performers give fantastic performances’ -- Northwestend (2016)

A selection of extracts of new work from local, national & international artists.  

This year's lineup includes Lauren Silver, Duncan Cameron, Katy-Anne Bellis and Izumi Ashizawa.


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Fri 2 Jun
  Sat 3 Jun

Happy Hour   I am a Tree

Happy Hour

'Expertly choreographed... laugh out loud comedy’ - The Stage

The workers on Level 3 are racing against the clock to reach their quota of Smiley Faces, but are they really happy enough?

A poignant, fast paced, comedy exploring our 21st century obsession with happiness and success, combining Tmesis Theatre’s trademark physicality with humour, music, and text from long-term collaborator Chris Fittock.

I am a Tree

Jamie Wood (UK)

"Like being sucked down a rabbit hole of joy"
-- Exeunt (for O No!)

The hilarious Jamie Wood returns to Fest 17. He has walked back to where he was born to try to find out about his Grandfather -  a homemade pilgrimage, a return to roots, slow motion time travel. The show will be something else entirely. 

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  26, 27, 30 May & 1 - 3 Jun | 6pm, 7pm (1 Jun - 6:30pm only)  Limited Capacity

Daydream Believers

By Tmesis Theatre Graduate Company
An immersive psychedelic experience inspired by the 1967 'Summer of Love'. Catch it in Unity 2 every night before each festival show. Make sure you reserve your ticket early!

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Mon 29 May


Street Theatre Day

11am - 4pm

Physical Fest will bring Williamson Square to life on Bank Holiday Monday between 11am and 4pm - suitable for all!

5:30 - 7:30pm

  Food, drink and entertainment to celebrate our street theatre day at Invisible Wind Factory - FREE!

Fesitval faves Teatro Pomodoro will be on hand to randomly hijack and interrupt proceedings with their own brand of bouffon and clown, and Foolsize Theatre will be introducing the brilliant and blundering soothsayer Madame Sigh-Kick Hunch, who has forseen your arrival in her caravan of fortune.  Come and get cosy, shie is expecting you!

8pm on

  Come and see The Band - from  Levantes Dance Theatre (UK) | £10

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Thu 1 Jun


Industry Event - 'Risk Taking in the Arts'

1pm - 5pm


Joe H Makin Drama Centre


  What if...?  Why not...?  A lively discursive event where we explore and debate creative 'risk taking' in performance, programming and producing.  A unique chance to hear from a range of key UK arts professionals, meet other artists and programmers.

Who should attend? Anyone who is interested in the current climate of the arts and the concept of 'risk' within it.

COST:  £10 including a drink/food reception at Unity Theatre at 5:30pm and a private view of Daydream Believers

Speakers will include:

Laurie Miller-Zutshi (Seachange Arts)
Camille Bensoussan (Exectuive Director - UPSWING)
Representative from Everyman Playhouse
Jamie Wood (Performer)


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From internationally renowned performers to emerging talent, there is a workshop for everyone during this year's festival at The Bluecoat