Physical Fest 2017 performance programme

Various Liverpool venues including Unity Theatre, 1 Hope Place, Liverpool City Centre, 26 May – 3 June

Tmesis Theatre is pleased to confirm the return of Physical Fest 2017!

Now in its 13th year. Liverpool’s international physical theatre festival is the only festival in Europe specialising solely in physical theatre and the performance programme has now been announced!

As part of the festival, there will be a ten days of amazing physical theatre performance gracing the stage at the newly refurbished Unity Theatre. So, as well as being able to watch some of the best British and International physical theatre performers, you can check out the new look Unity Theatre!

Kallo Collective (Finland) will be opening the festival with their award-winning show Only Bones at the Unity Theatre on Friday 27th May. Using body manipulation and a contemporary approach to clowning, performed by an off-the-wall character, Only Bones is a solo show using one light, one performer and no text. With a five-star review, The Herald Scotland described the piece as “A glorious salute to one man’s remarkable physicality.”

Saturday 28th May sees Belgium’s premiere physical theatre company Chaliwaté present Jetlag at the Unity Theatre. 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. Jetlag is a physically impressive, poetic and beautiful spectacle.

Tmesis Theatre Training Company will be premiering Daydream Believers, a psychedelic immersive experience inspired by the 1967 ‘Summer of Love’, before each Unity performance.

Make sure you head down to Invisible Wind Factory on Monday 29th May to celebrate Street Theatre Day with food, drink and entertainment. This is followed by Levantes Dance Theatre, who will be showing their latest work The Band. The show will be followed by live music and dancing with the bar open till late!

Tuesday 30th May sees a return to the Unity Theatre for a double bill of performances, Sean Kempton in Stuff and Jo Tremarco in Dying on My Feet.

Stuff is a love story but not one you’ve seen a million times before, this is another kind of love story, maybe everybody’s love story. 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.

Dying on My Feet is a work in progress, getting its first showing. Imagine you have two bodies – one you move in every day and one you move in when you dream. Where does the dream body go after death? Jo Tremarco returns to Physical Fest, after being awarded last year’s bursary, to take a closer look at ‘death’ – the elephant in the ‘living’ room.

A selection of extracts of new work from local, national and international artists takes place on Thursday 1st June with Fest Live. This year’s lineup includes Lauren Silver, Duncan Cameron, Physical Fest/MDI Bursary winner Katy-Anne Bellis and Izumi Ashizawa.

Tmesis Theatre presents Happy Hour at the Unity Theatre on Friday 2nd June. The workers on Level 3 are racing against the clock to reach their quota of Smiley Faces, but are they really happy enough? Described as “expertly choreographed” by The Stage, Happy Hour is a poignant, fast paced, comedy exploring our 21st century obsession with happiness and success, combining Tmesis trademark physicality with text from long-term collaborator Chris Fittock.

Closing the festival and ending a fantastic week of physical theatre is Jamie Wood with I am a Tree at the Unity Theatre on Saturday 3rd June.

Talking about the show, Jamie says: When I am still for any length of time, someone finds me and tells me about their life.  My girlfriend says this makes me like a tree that all dogs want to p*ss up. Slow man tree. My Granddad taught me how to listen, and one other valuable lesson. But I can’t remember what the second lesson was. There’s a blank. So this year I walked back to where he was born to try to find out -  a homemade pilgrimage, a return to roots, slow motion time travel. The show will be something else entirely. Still living a dream.

Elinor Randle, Artistic Director of Physical Fest, said: “We are extremely proud of the programme we have managed to curate for 2017. This year the festival features work of incredible performers recognised both nationally and internationally. We invite you to get down early to make sure you do not miss a thing, have a bite to eat and enjoy the tunes.”

Tickets are now on sale – book now to avoid disappointment!