Wednesday, 7 April 2021
Welcome back and welcome to Unity’s 2021 programme of events.
We are delighted to finally be sharing with you some of the exciting productions and activities that form a special year of work from Unity.
Like everyone, our 2020 wasn’t quite the year we had planned. Originally intended to be a landmark celebration of our 40th anniversary, instead we found our doors closing indefinitely. The implications of the pandemic and shutdown of venues across the UK were serious and far-reaching, but they allowed us to take stock and question our role as an arts organisation.
What has emerged is a renewed commitment for Unity to provide space and opportunity for people to be creative, enjoy high-quality entertainment and celebrate the communities of Liverpool. We want to continue to inspire creative risk and achieve a fairer, more supportive and accessible world.
Showcasing Local Talent
With over 40 events and 100 artists already involved, our specially curated reopening activities are a manifestation of these aims.
This new season includes 22 Merseyside-based creatives and companies who feature as part of our Open Call Programme. Created to provide income and performance opportunity to local artists after a year without both, the Open Call celebrates these artists, their stories, communities and lives.
2021 welcomes a huge-new event series as part of our talent development programme – Creative’pool. This will provide personalised training, workshops, advice, exclusive events and development opportunities to over 200 artists a year.
Access for All
After a year of such uncertainty some of you may understandably be nervous about venturing into buildings. We must also remember that for some, being unable to attend a physical theatre space was nothing new and will continue to be a barrier long after COVID. Therefore, from our 2021 season onward, we are committing to making nearly all live-work available online, as well as in-venue, at a Free or Pay What You Can rate. This includes recordings, workshops, live streams and brand-new digital commissions. View the full online programme here.
We’re delighted to be announcing our 2021 season alongside our friends at the Everyman & Playhouse and Royal Court Liverpool. Together the three theatres will use the lifting of lockdown restrictions as an opportunity to work more closely with each other. Collaborative working will benefit the arts community in Liverpool, including local freelancers, and audiences who visit the theatres. There are examples of collaborative working throughout our brochure, such as Nuts & Bolts and our Open Call Crowdfunder. To launch the new collaboration, today we have announced a joint on-sale, giving audiences the opportunity to buy tickets for their favourite venues, and maybe try a few new ones, all on the same day.
Our Season in Numbers
31 New Productions
29 In-Venue Productions
28 Free or Pay-What-You-Can Online Screenings
15+ New Event & Workshop Programmes
100+ Artists Supported
100% of events are available to view with either captioning or BSL interpretation
Finally, before we leave you to explore the full programme, we’d like to dedicate this season to you. Whether you’re an avid theatre-fan, an artist-in-the-making, a long-term supporter or someone who has stumbled upon this announcement by mistake – welcome, we hope you find something you enjoy, and we can’t wait to see you soon.
Thank you again for your on-going support.
All at Unity