Friday 17th December
Part of the Unity Winter Festival 2021
Nana Funk, Liverpool’s favourite all singing, all dancing Nana, will be lighting up the Unity stage with Christmas Cracker cabaret.
Join Nana for an evening of chats, songs and laughing. It’ll be like Wogan, if Wogan was a Nana with a questionable hip and mysterious past. And that’s not all! SHE HAS SPECIAL GUESTS!
Diva Hollywood is the UK’s top talkingwhip cracking cabaret performer and tigress host. With her double whip cracking skills, her cheeky attitude, fun audience games and her love of dark satire, Diva is a force to be reckoned with.
Diva Hollywood made her debut in the famous Slipper Room in New York in 2005. Since then she has gone on to grace many stages all over the UK, Iceland, Berlin, Paris, Oslo, Helsinki, Geneva, Milan, San Francisco, New York to name but a few. All the while achieving recognitionas one of the finest and most individual performers on the circuit today.
Diva has been voted in the top 50 performers and top 20 cabaret performers in the Uk with almost 16 years of performing under her belt.
Diva is challenging herself at the moment as she was awarded and RnD grants from the Arts Council of England to creat content for a One woman show an Irreverent modern foke tale telling stories about invisible disabilities, sex and life after 50. Called VIEW visible in Every Way.
Flloyd Kennedy, Australian-born actress, director, performance poet, singer-songwriter and voice/speech/accent coach, took part in the British folk revival in the late 60s, performed street theatre, cabaret and fringe theatre in Scotland throughout the 1980s and 90s, returned to Australia where she undertook research into the performing voice (specifically Shakespeare) for her doctorate.
She has performed, directed, and taught voice and acting skills at colleges and universities in the UK, US and Australia. Now resident in Liverpool, UK, Flloyd tours her one-person plays around the world, regularly performs with local theatre and film companies, performs her songs and poems at open mics in and around Liverpool.
She also coaches student and professional actors, private individuals and community and corporate groups through her private studio Being in Voice. She is a Certified Teacher of Knight-Thompson Speechwork and is an Associate Artist with ISAAC (International School for Acting And Clown).
She has now published two collections of poetry, songs and essays, “Sunsets & Kites” and “Home is Where I Hang My Hat”. Her songs are available on Bandcamp, as well as Spotify and all major online streaming services. Flloyd is artistic director of Thunder’s Mouth Theatre (theatre of poetry, passion and philosophy), for whom she writes, performs and produces the podcast audio drama “Am I Old Yet?” which is available from all the podcasting apps.
Gillian started out at The Liverpool Playhouse Youth Theatre before going on to train at The Guildford School of Acting.
Her theatre credits include: Mamma Mia! (UK Tour), Kinky Boots (Adelphi Theatre – Original West End cast) Blood Brothers (UK Tour), Bad Girls The Musical (Garrick Theatre – Original West End cast), Saucy Jack and The Space Vixens (The Vaults, London) Songs For A New World (Royal Court, Liverpool) The Liverpool Everyman Christmas Cabaret, The Tommy Cooper Show (Leicester Little Theatre), Macbeth (Epstein Theatre) One Dream – The Beryl Marsden Story (Epstein Theatre), Dreaming of a Barry White Christmas (Echo Arena, Liverpool), Our Day Out, Stags and Hens, Slappers and Slapheads, On The Ledge The Menlove Avenue Murder Mystery (Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool), Broken Biscuits (Lantern Theatre), When I was a Girl I used to Scream and Shout (Unity Theatre), Miss LonelyHearts (Hull Truck), Tina Duckett Says Epstein Theatre), Elegies for Angels Punks and Raging Queens (King’s Head Theatre).
Gillian is one half of comedy double act Caz n’ Britney, co writing and appearing in sell out shows Scottie Road The Musical and Mis Les.
Sumuyya Khader (b. 1988, Liverpool) is an artist working in a multiplicity of ways within the sector working with major institutions, projects, publishers, social enterprises and artist-led groups.
Her practice is a combination of illustration, drawing & print works that predominantly explore place and identity. She has recently set up Granby Press, a community-based organisation with a focus on printed material and design while also developing an archive of black culture & history in the L8 area of Liverpool.
Sumuyya currently has a solo exhibition, Always Black Never Blue, at The Bluecoat Arts Centre which reflects on contemporary life in Liverpool and explores people and place through illustration, drawing, pring and painting.