Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

Fri 30 November 2018 - Sat 05 January 2019

Autumn 2018 | Christmas Show
A Unity Theatre and Action Transport Theatre coproduction in association with DaDaFest 

★★★★★ "Flawless... a masterpiece." Liverpool Echo for Beauty and the Beast (more?)

Join us for one of the most wonderful stories ever told! Action Transport again joins forces with Unity Theatre for this highly theatrical and bold retelling of this classic family tale - Beauty and the Beast!

Produced in partnership with innovative disability arts organisation DaDaFest, Beauty and the Beast shows that beauty really is in the eye of the beholder and that everyone’s attitude can, at times, be beastly!

Perfect for children aged 5+ and their families.

Stephen Collins    Simone Lewis    Edward Day    Rose-Marie Christian
Our Cast from Left to Right: Stephen Collins, Simone Lewis, Edward Day and Rose-Marie Christian.

Performance schedule

Fri 30     6pm * Limited Availabilty*
Sat 1    5pm SOLD OUT!
Mon 3    5pm (BSL Signed)
Tue 4  10am *Limited Availability*  6pm *Limited Availability*
Wed 5  10am *Limited Availability*  1pm
Thu 6  10am *Limited Availability*  1pm SOLD OUT!
Fri 7   10am *Limited Availability*  1pm
Sat 8  11am  2:30pm *Limited Availability*
Mon 10  10am SOLD OUT!  1pm *Limited Availability*
Tue 11  10am *Limited Availability*  1pm
Wed 12  10am *Limited Availability*  1pm
Thu 13  10am  1pm
Fri 14  10am *Limited Availability*  1pm *Limited Availability*
Sat 15  11am (RELAXED) 2:30pm (BSL) SOLD OUT!
Mon 17  10am   1pm * Limited Availability*
Tue 18  10am *LAST FEW!*  1pm
Wed 19  10am *LAST FEW!*  1pm *LAST FEW!*
Fri 21 2pm 6pm
Sat 22 11am 2:30pm *Limited Availability*
Mon 24 11am 2:30pm *Limited Availability*
Tue 25    
Wed 26    
Thu 27 2pm 6pm
Fri 28 2pm 6pm
Sat 29 11am 2:30pm
Mon 31   2:30pm
 Tue 1    
Wed 2 2pm 6:00pm
Thu 3 2pm 6:00pm (RELAXED)
Fri 4 2pm 6pm
Sat 5 11am (BSL) 2:30pm

£15.50 all tickets | £14.00 child
£55 (4 tickets - min 1 child)

£13.50 all tickets | £11.50 Child
£44 (4 tickets - min 1 child)

£11.50 all tickets | £9.50 Child
£37 (4 tickets - min 1 child)

£9.50 all tickets | Preview
£34 (4 tickets - min 1 child)

Relaxed - less formal performances, in a more supportive atmosphere to reduce anxiety levels. Aimed at people with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders, a learning disability or for anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment (including adults who frighten easy!)

BSL - signed performance using British Sign Language.



"A masterpiece... flawless." Liverpool Echo on Beautyand the Beast (more?)

"Heartfelt and playful... truly inclusive."
The Stage for Beauty and the Beast (more?)

"Utterly enchanting orginal score."
Arts city Liverpool for Beauty and the Beast (more?)

"Pure Magic."
Good News Liverpool for Beauty and the Beast (more?)

"A tour-de-force of comic timing and mime."
Wirral Globe for Beauty and the Beast (more?)

"Outstanding, brimming with joy, a treat for all."
Liverpool Sound and Vision for Beauty and the Beast (more?)

"Dellightful, inclusive and refreshingly heartwarming."
Suburbs in the City for Beauty and the Beast (more?)

"Witty, inclusive, and genuinely a delight to watch."
Mini Travellers for Beauty and the Beast (more?)


Unity Theatre and Action Transport Theatre in association with DaDaFest presents Beauty and the Beast



Nina Hajiyianni is Artistic Director of Action Transport Theatre (ATT), a specialist children and young people’s theatre company based in Ellesmere Port. She leads the programme of activity for the company, directs new work and runs regular workshops with ATT young actors. Nina is Chair of TYA UK and sits on the Executive Committee of ASSITEJ International, a global children’s theatre association with centres in over 80 countries.



Kevin Dyer is the Associate Writer at Action Transport Theatre and the author of over 50 commissioned plays. His recent play, The Hobbit at The Dukes Theatre, Lancashire won Best Show for Children and Young People at the recent UK Theatre Awards. Kevin works as a dramaturg and leads inspirational sessions for writers and people who want to write. 

Other plays include an adaptation of ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’, ‘Baghdad Zoo’, ‘The Bridge’ and ‘Thank God for Cod!’ about the myth of man trying to catch the biggest fish in the sea. He was short listed for the Brian Way Award for Sixth Sense and has had work produced for BBC Radio 4.



Patrick Dineen is a composer, lyricist and orchestrator. He began in music began by touring and recording with his own band Kan Kan and then ran a tango nightclub in London’s West End while writing songs and music for fringe theatres. His work led him to becoming a freelance composer for theatre, TV radio, and film and subsequently being invited to study with Stephen Sondheim in his Master Classes in Music Theatre at Oxford University. Since then he has written many scores, for theatre, ballet, TV, radio, independent film as well as large-scale site specific projects.

Patrick has written many scores for The Unity Christmas Shows including Rumplestiltskin, The Pied Piper and The Princess and the Pea.



Lena is at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts studying Theatre and Performance Design, in her final year. On the course, Lena has enjoyed acquiring many practical skills including scene painting and costume/prop making and being the assistant set designer on the musical Mack and Mable. She also did a scenic art placement at the Royal Opera House. Future work includes set and costume design for Morning to Midnight at LIPA in March 2019.



Julie graduated from LIPA with a BA (Hons) in Theatre and Performance Technology and is senior technician at Unity Theatre. Julie has most recently been lighting associate on the UK and Ireland tour of Nina - A Story About Me and Nina Simone. Julie has designed a variety of shows including Horny Handed Tons of Soil (UK Tour), Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf (ATT/Unity Theatre & UK Tour), Omnibus (Royal Court Productions), The Art of Falling Apart (Big Wow) and Floating (Lives of Others Theatre). In 2004 Julie won the Stage Electrics Best Lighting Design prize at the NSDF for Beautiful Thing.



Phil is Unity Theatre’s Technical Manager and is a Lighting and Sound Designer. His highlights include designs for: The Polar Bear Waltz, Siren, Wonder, Krapp’s Last Tape, My Clockwork Heart, Angels in America, Tmesis, Memento Mori and Anima, Tall Ship’s Festival at the Cunard Building 2018, Treasured at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral and Tony Teardrop at the Bombed Out Church.

Children’s Theatre shows include 5 More Minutes, Remember Remember, Where Caterpillars Go, and Spooky Tales.

Phil is looking forward to working with Paula Hampson on ‘In The Palm Of My Hand’ at the Bluecoat in 2019.



Laura Lannon is a freelance stage manager and technician. She studied production arts at the City of Liverpool College (2012) and went on to become the technical trainee at The Unity Theatre. Since completing her training, she has led a full career freelancing around the North West. She has toured shows up to the Edinburgh Fringe and has worked within YEP (Young Everyman & Playhouse), as well as working on PhysicalFest and Homotopia. She has a passion to work in theatre for children, physical theatre and shows in unusual spaces. She has recently been touring nationally with Beastie (Lone Twin).

Production Manager Andreas Nielsen

Production Manager Oliver Rowlands

Design Assistant Issy Smith

Lighting Operator Liam Holland

Unity Technician  Beccy Hillam

ATT Technical Manager Matt Bennet



BSL interpreters

Andy Higgins  • Kate Labno  •  Kate Boddy •  Tina Little  • Karl Llorca  • Leanne Morris  • Drew Ledson  • Sheila Wishheart


LIPA Choir
Megan Shaw • Lucy Farrant • Kayde Burke • Olivia Bryan • Saebyeol Shin • Laura Watson • Julie Reinan • Anja Sand • Evangeline Hall • Asli Dualeh • Rose Dahler • Ho Cheng • Anthony Proctor


With thanks

Ashley Shairp, Emma Wright, Karen Berg, Ruth Gould, Lauren Pitchford, Phil Crook, Cath Cullinane, Matt Weeks and all the staff at The Florrie.


Also thanks to all Unity Theatre Board, Staff and Volunteers and to Action Transport Theatre Board, Staff and Volunteers.


show details

Dates: Fri 30 Nov 2018 - Sat 5 Jan 2019
Times: Various
Running time: 1h 30m (inc interval)
Prices: From £9.50
Charges: £1.50 postage

Venue: Unity One