Up Next Festival 2024 - Unity Theatre

Up Next Festival 2024

Wednesday 24th April — Saturday 4th May

A two-week arts festival celebrating Merseyside artists
Part of the Unity Open Call Programme


Up Next Festival is back for 2024 for our annual celebration of Merseyside artists, and this year it’s bigger than ever.

This October, join us for an extended two-week arts festival featuring brand-new shows from Merseyside’s most exciting artists and companies.

This year’s festival includes newly commissioned works across a range of artforms including world premiere plays, poetry, cabaret, sound installations and music.

As well as the packed theatre programme, this mega line-up also includes the first ever Up Next Comedy Night, a brand-new exhibition, DJs, panel discussions, creative events and more.


The line-up of artists, selected through Unity Open Call 2024, includes:

Andrew McKay / Filla Crack
Daniel Foxsmith & Moncef Mansur
Helen Jeffery
Jess Green
Natalie Denny & Skywrites LTD
Olayemi Z. Ade
Sasha Georgette
Sonic Mutiny
The Barry Brian and Bean Company
Tip Tray Theatre

+ live comedy from Sian Davies, Alex Stringer, Niki Rooney, Sam


All theatre shows are available to book now. Scroll for full event listings…


Booking Tickets:
  • Single Tickets: Individual tickets for all events are £8 / £6 Creative’Pool. See individual line-up here or scroll below
  • Festival Pass: After selling out in 2022, our limited-edition Festival Pass Wristbands return for this year’s festival. The Festival Pass is just £25 per week and gives you access to all events in your chosen week (saving you £23). What’s more, you’ll get an exclusive Up Next Festival Wristband to gain entry into all shows and 10% off at the Unity Bar. View the Week 1 and 2 Pass options and book here


  • Wed 24 Apr, 20:00: WoMan by Andrew Mckay / Filla Crack
  • Fri 26 Apr, 18:15: Space Invaders x Liar by Tip Tray Theatre
  • Fri 26 Apr, 20:00: BERBER BOY by Daniel Foxsmith & Moncef Mansur
  • Sat 27 Apr, 18:15: At The End of the Day She’s Still Your Mother by Jess Green
  • Sat 27 Apr, 20:00: Borrowed by Sasha Georgette


  • Wed 1 May, 18:15 & 20:30: Earth is Lost by Sonic Mutiny
  • Wed 1 May, 19:30: Sass: A Chained Melody by Olayemi Z. Ade
  • Fri 3 May, 18:15: Revival by Natalie Denny
  • Fri 3 May, 20:00: Buckled by Helen Jeffery
  • Sat 4 May, 18:15: Losing Brian by The Barry Brian and Bean Company
  • Sat 4 May, 20:00: Up Next Comedy Night


Up Next Festival has been made possible thanks to our Open Call Crowdfunder 2023 Donors and funding from The Arts Society and The Granada Foundation.

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