Physical Fest to return to Liverpool in May

Date Posted: 07/03/2016

Liverpool’s international physical theatre festival, Physical Fest, is returning for its 12th year in May.

Physical Fest is the only festival in Europe that specialises solely in physical theatre and brings local, national and international movement and physical theatre artists to Liverpool.

The festival runs for nine days – from Friday 20th May until Saturday 28th May – and takes place at Tmesis Theatre.

Physical Fest features a line-up of performances, workshops, street theatre, debate, networking events and Fest Live.

Fest Live is a showcase of work from local, national and international artists at Unity Theatre on 25th May.

Headline performances for this year will include Trygve Wakenshaw’s comedy mime show Nautilus, Spymonkey’s The Complete Deaths, recreating the 75 onstage deaths in the works of William Shakespeare, and Theatre Re’s performance, Blind Man’s Song.

There will also be plenty of workshops running for people to get involved in – run by internationally renowned performers and ranging from clown comedy, improv theatre, Japanese physical performances and yoga amongst others.

The festival will also host Young Fest, a weekend of performances and workshops from Liverpool based artists, aimed at younger people and their families.

This weekend will be in collaboration with Bluecoat.

Bluecoat is Liverpool’s centre for contemporary arts, showcasing talent across visual art, music, dance, live art and theatre.

Young Fest will take place on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th May at Bluecoat and will include puppet shows from Headstrung Puppets, St Luke’s Youth Theatre performing the madcap Circus of Orrible and Play & Move workshops with Tmesis Theatre.

Artistic director of Physical Fest Elinor Randle commented, “I’m very excited about this year’s festival, we are bringing international acts that have never performed in the northwest before as well as supporting local artists. With nine days of performance, a weekend for young people and a whole day of street theatre, there is something for everyone.”

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