Physicalfest 2017

This May Physical Fest returns to Liverpool with a programme packed full of incredible artists - from the local to the international.

This year, while the redevelopment of Unity Theatre is taking shape, the festival will be hosted at two great venues just round the corner - City of Liverpool College's - The Arts Centre and Hope Street Theatre - just 4 minutes walk from each other.

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

See 3 Physical Fest shows 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

@ City of Liverpool College - The Arts Centre



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.

@ City of Liverpool College - The Arts Centre

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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.

@ City of Liverpool College - The Arts Centre


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 BellisIzumi Ashizawa and our own Unity Youth Theatre.


@ City of Liverpool College - The Arts Centre

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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.

@ City of Liverpool College - The Arts Centre

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. 

@ City of Liverpool College - The Arts Centre

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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 at  Hope Street Theatre every night before each festival show. Make sure you reserve your ticket early!

@ Hope St Theatre, 22 Hope Street, Liverpool L1 9BY

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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

Fresh Italian street food by Fritto, drink and free entertainment at Invisible Wind Factory

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

7:30pm on


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

Sandy & Bruno met in the seventies. She was fame hungry, he was doomed to follow her. As one hit wonders, this is a story of their big come-back. With striking aesthetics and a rousing soundtrack, THE BAND is a quirky, humorous display of desperate ambition and blind affection told through awe-inspiring dance, theatre and circus.

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Stay after the performance for live music from Donkey Hokey, dancing and bar until late!
*(The Band is not included in the 3 shows for £30 promotion)

Thu 1 Jun


Industry Event - 'Risk Taking in the Arts'

1pm - 5pm


Joe H Makin Drama Centre


  What if...?  Why not...?  What if…? Why not…? A lively discursive event where we will 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 5:30pm and a private view of Daydream Believers

Chaired by Matthew Linley (Artistic Director and CEO of Unity Theatre) Liverpool’s small-scale theatre with big ambitions. Their work is challenging, innovative, risky and unusual.

Speakers :

Vicki Amedume, Artistic Director, Upswing
Vicki founded Upswing, one of Britain’s leading circus companies, in 2006 to challenge cultural assumptions by literally turning the world upside down. Vicki is a Trustee of the Albany, Deptford and Improbable Theatre and a member of the Circus 250 Advisory board.

Laurie Miller-Zutshi, Creative Producer, Seachange Arts
SeaChange Arts are an independent arts development charity, dedicated to delivering outstanding opportunities for artists and communities through circus, street arts projects and events. Laurie is responsible for the overall project and programme delivery and heads up the organisation of the ‘Out There International Festival of Circus & Street Arts’.

Amit Sharma, Associate Artistic Director, Royal Exchange Theatre
Amit has been Graeae’s Associate Director since 2011, and is a graduate of Graeae’s Missing Piece actor training course. He is currently Associate Artistic Director at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. Their work transforms the way people see theatre, each other and the world around them.

Jamie Wood, performer
Jamie Wood makes and teaches theatre of all kinds, he uses a word, ‘clown’ to encourage himself and others to be brave and take the risk of looking foolish, failing and enjoying laughter.

Senior representative from EverymanPlayhouse
Two distinct theatres, almost a mile apart, which together make up a single artistic force. Committed to brilliant, forward-thinking theatre that responds to its time and place. The world changed a lot this year. The Everyman Company. There’s a creative crackle in the air. No room for complacency. Time for change, for magic, for meaning and humanity.  


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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