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For One Night Only Thu 12 - Sat 21 Dec | 8pm | Comedy But wh our Ma Join Bernie and Les - desperate to save the failing Sunshine Club - as they revisit past glories and introduce special guests in a desperate bid to save their friendship.

Possibly featuring poor puns, attempted magic, unfunny jokes and ventriloquism, all with one hell of a finale. Don’t miss this side-splitting Christmas cracker. A RAW production Commissioned by unitytheatre

£10 (£8 conc)

Scottie Road The Musical Fri 10 - Sat 18 Jan | 8pm | Comedy wh our Ma

 Liverpool Sound & Vision 

The hilarious epic story of pyjama-wearing, pastie-scoffing duo Caz ‘n’ Britney as they embark on a musical life-changing journey from Primark to prison. A Caz ‘n’ Britney Presents production Written by Keddy Sutton & Gillian Hardie

£12 (£10 conc)

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The Pied Piper Tue 3 Dec - Sat 11 Jan | Various Times | Familyshow Once upon a time, in a town with no cats, Arrived a swarm of ravenous rats. They ate up chocolate, they ate up pie, They ate so much the mayor began to cry!

Don’t miss unitytheatre and acclaimed young people’s theatre company Action Transport Theatre’s brand new show for children age 5+ and their families. A unitytheatre and Action Transport Theatre production

Can nobody save us? Will nobody try? When all of a sudden a Piper came by...

Directed by Nina Hajiyianni | Written by Kevin Dyer Music & lyrics by Patrick Dineen

A show filled with song, dance and fun. A musical adventure perfect for everyone.

£12 - £10 adults | £10 - £8 children £40 - £30 4 tickets (minimum 1 child)

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Yummm Sat 12 Apr | 11:30am & 2:30pm But wh our Ma “a unique form of interactive theatre for the very young” The Guardian

A highly imaginative celebration of food using dance, live music, quirky design and amusing eating utensils for children aged 4 to 8 years and their families. Shows are followed by a play activity for audiences, where the children get their own utensils to play with! A Tell Tale Hearts production


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£8 adults | £6 children

Sat 3 May | £8 (£6 conc)

h our Ma Imagine a world that celebrates rubbish. A world where at a single touch the contents of a bin bag can change before your eyes!

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A Theatre Rites Production | 11:30am & 2:30pm

Luna Sat 10 May | £8 (£6 conc)

h our Ma An enchanting theatre experience for children and their families about friendship, the moon and being brave in the dark. Theatre Hullabaloo and Theatr lolo | 11:30am & 2:30pm


Supporting New Work We work with writers, performers and companies in the North West to develop new shows that go on to tour around the UK. Our Making Art scheme helps Floating Lives Of Others Theatre artists take their first steps, gaining technical and marketing support as well as a small financial contribution to create original and exciting shows. We nurture shows through funding artist development, business and administrative support or even just a friendly ear and a helping hand.

Virtually Reality

As a result our work tours around The Art Of Falling Apart Big Wow Theatre the UK and the world, taking work created in and around Liverpool to a wider audience.

How will advancements in bio-technology and artificial intelligence affect the future of the human race?

Visit our website for more info! This symbol means the show has been created in Liverpool with unitytheatre!

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Tue 21 - Wed 22 Jan | 8pm | Drama wh our Ma

Through a combination of movement, soundscapes and visual images, Popular Demand explore the consequences of trying to create the perfect human. A Popular Demand production A Making Art performance

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The Bells Thu 23 - Sat 25 Jan | 8pm | Drama But wh our Ma

A mountain village with a terrible secret at its heart. Isolated by the worst snows for 20 years, villagers remember that earlier storm and the mysterious disappearance of a foreign merchant.

The Judgement Of Hakin Tue 28 - Wed 29 Jan | 8pm | Drama

 Liverpool Echo

A rare chance to see a brilliant adaptation of the classic Victorian melodrama.

The truth. It’s what we all want to know, but how far are we willing to go to find it? Are our objections to actions undertaken by state agencies to secure our safety merely the bleating of idealistic liberals?

By Leopold Lewis | Adapted by Deborah McAndrew Original live music by Sarah Llewellyn

A Testing Testing production Written by Andrew Sherlock

£10 (£8 conc)

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Three Of A Kind Thu 30 Jan | 8pm | £10

h our Ma A night of blues and jazz headlined by the Dave O’Grady Trio (who have supported the Black Crowes’ Rich Robinson), jazz guitar virtuoso Ben Hughes and Liverpool upstarts The Roscoes.

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The Year of the Horse Chinese Cultural Show Sat 1 Feb | 8pm | £12 (£10 conc)

h our Ma An eclectic night of authentic, innovative and electrifying dance and music featuring traditional, contemporary and fusion styles. A China Pearl & unitytheatre production.

Art Gallery We have gallery space on our first and second floor that displays work from local artists. The gallery space is open from 1pm, Monday to Saturday, and is free to look around! • Karla Ambrosius (26 Nov – 1 Feb) • Mark Connell (4 Feb – 1Mar) • Jane Hughes (4 Mar – 29 Mar) • Claire Stringer (1 Apr – 26 Apr)

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Bella Queen of the Blackfriars Ring Wed 5 - Thu 6 Feb | 8pm | Theatre The story of legendary boxing promoter Bella Burge on her journey from being the confidante and dresser of music hall queen, Marie Lloyd, to losing everything in the blitz in 1940. A show with live music, song, dance, and boxing. Written by Denise Kennedy Directed by Paula Simms Supported by unitytheatre

ÂŁ10 full price | ÂŁ8 conc

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How To Be Immortal Fri 7 - Sat 8 Feb | 8pm | Drama Henrietta Lacks died in West Virginia in 1951, but her cells are still alive today, dividing endlessly in laboratories, their every detail studied by scientists all over the world. It’s taken Deborah years to come to terms with her mother’s death. Now she’s got to deal with her immortality. A bold, humourous and original new play about our connections to the dead - and why they matter. A Penny Dreadfuls production in association with The Lowry, The Albany, Jackson’s Lane and Harrogate Theatre. Directed by Kirsty Housley

£12 full price | £10 conc

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Extra Happy Happy Wed 12 - Sat 15 Feb | 8pm | Comedy But wh our Ma A hapless idiot with a wildly out of date Lonely Planet goes travelling and looking for an ‘experience’. Expect sock puppets, ladyboys, talking goats, and extreme silliness.

‘entertainment at its best’

Total Theatre

Big Wow return with their first ever show to raise funds to support their 2014 Edinburgh Fringe show.


Richard Herring We’re All Going To Die Thu 20 Feb | 8pm | Standup But wh our Ma

 The Scotsman  The List  Chortle

Richard Herring returns to tackle the undiscovered country from where no traveller returns (apart from Jesus and that canoe bloke).




There are loads of opportunities to find out more about what you see on stage - from Q&A sessions to workshops with actors, directors and companies. We work with schools, community and youth groups to provide tours of the theatre and opportunities to meet staff and explore backstage at unitytheatre. Experienced artists and arts practitioners deliver activities at our family friendly events and we have links with other venues, organisations and projects creating more access to the arts. As an Arts Award Supporter we can provide activities for schools & young people who want to develop as artists and arts leaders and are taking part in the Arts Award national qualification. For more information contact: Louise Flooks Participation Co-ordinator

Scratch Night Tue 11 Feb | 8pm | ÂŁ5

h our Ma Brand new shows from local and national companies. See exciting excerpts of work in development followed by an informal Q&A and networking opportunities! Visit our website for more.

Unity Youth Theatre

Unity Youth Theatre works with young people aged 14 to 18 to develop drama and life skills. They are working on a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Stories From The Sea, inspired by Liverpool’s history as a port city which will premiere in July 2014! Visit our website for more info!

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The Tryals of Anne Bonny Fri 21 - Sat 22 Feb | 8pm | Theatre A one woman show supported by aerial theatre. Confined on charges of piracy, Anne Bonny is at the centre of a sensational trial fed by a frenzy of gossip and rumour. Set against the early part of the 18th century, this harrowing true story will shatter the romantic image of pirates and bring to life one of the most turbulent and violent era’s in maritime history. A Static Moves production Written and directed by Mike Levanzin Contains strong adult content

£12 full price | £10 conc

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee 26 Feb - 1 Mar | 8pm | £12 (£10 conc)

h our Ma Six school geeks compete in the finals of a prestigious spelling bee. Follow the socially inept yet charming spellers as they enter battle – and learn important life lessons.

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A student show by Unknown Productions

For Their Own Good Tue 4 Mar | 8pm | £12 (£10 conc)

h our Ma Two knackermen, a horse, a gun and a tiny metropolis. Can the way we kill animals teach us anything about our own demise? Moving and darkly comic theatre. An Untied Artists production

I Am A Voice Thu 6 - Fri 7 Mar | 8pm | £8 (£7 conc)

h our Ma Beautiful spoken word, song and storytelling combine to explore the many hardships, issues and problems that women around the globe continually face within their own society and search for their inner voices. A Making Art performance Celebrating International Womens’ Day


Ballad Of The Burning Star Tue 11 - Wed 12 Mar | 8pm

 The Scotsman  British Theatre Guide  Three Weeks  The Guardian Winner - The Stage Award for Best Ensemble Multi award-winning Theatre Ad Infinitum return to unitytheatre following their hit show Translunar Paradise with an explosive tale. Armed with music, killer heels and a lethal troop of divas, an enraged Israeli executes a story of victimhood, persecution, aggression and love. With shrapnel-sharp voices and moves as smooth as an oiled tank chain, this cabaret troop invites you on a journey into the core of a conflicted Jewish state. A Theatre Ad Infinitum production

£14 full price | £12 conc


Finding Joy Thu 13 - Fri 14 Mar | 8pm | Masktheatre Joy is creative, funny, loves to dance, and is losing her memory: her grandson Danny is rebellious, fearless, bright, and always getting into trouble.

 Love Shropshire  The Hereford Times “an intensely moving tribute and triumph” The Stage

When out of the blue Danny decides to become Joy’s carer, they discover a shared playfulness and a mutual affection.

“exquisite, beautifully performed” Liverpool Sound and Vision

A Vamos Theatre production

But is that enough to take on the challenges ahead?

£12 full price | £10 conc

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No Pomp! Just Circumstance Sat 8 Mar | 8pm | £12 (£10 conc)

h our Ma Award winning company Sense of Sound presents singer Jennifer John to celebrate International Womens’ Day with new original songs and her own unique take on songs by Joni Mitchell.

Only Fools & Boycie Sat 15 Mar | 8pm | £15

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h our Ma An intimate evening with John Challis, one of the nation’s greatest comedy actors, best known as Boycie in Only Fools and Horses. Discover secrets from the set with stories and anecdotes from his dazzling career.

North North North Tue 18 Mar | 8pm | £10 (£8 conc)

h our Ma Three men, one balloon, and a legendary attempt to reach the North Pole… A journey full of hope and daring, frostbite and patriotic songs, seal meat and sharing a sleeping bag.

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How to Occupy an Oil Rig Wed 19 Mar | 8pm | Theatre But wh our Ma

 The Times

Lessons to be learned in life: Blending in on a march. Crashing a board meeting. Avoiding becoming romantically attached to an undercover police officer. A show about protest and changing the world. Written by Daniel Bye and the company Produced by ARC Stockton

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I’m Happy Here (honest) 25 - 26 Mar | 8pm | £8 (£7 conc) To really understand something you need to let it go. An emotional exploration of what makes us happy. A Making Art show.

More Light Tue 1 Apr | 8pm | £7 (£5 conc)

h our Ma Bryony Lavery’s story of concubines buried alive and their desire to survive leading to cannibalistic consequences. An amateur show by Respiration Theatre Company

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Acoustic Festival

Fri 21 Mar • 6pm - 11pm • £12

Ewan| Mclennan Robert anna corcoran shannen bamford BBC RADIO 2

horizon award-winner

Vincent thom morecroft | andy Pink Sat 22 Mar • 1pm - 5pm • £10

Thomas Mcconnell

megan Thomas | Just By Chance Katreena Bowell | The FireFlys Edward Barlow | Michael J Roach with workshops, seminars and stalls

Sat 22 Mar • 6pm - 11pm • £14

J Speight | TJ & Murphy Ian Thomas Sophia Ben-Yousef | Laura Campbell McNabb Gary Edward Jones | Paul Dunbar with workshops, seminars and stalls

Full weekend Pass £30 Sat day pass £20 A unitytheatre event

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Romeo & Juliet 28 - 29 Mar | 7:30pm & 1:30pm (28 Mar) £12 (£10 conc)

h our Ma Shakespeare’s tragedy of two star crossed lovers in a hostile world of misadventure, family pride and ancient quarrels. A Black Box Theatre production

Chalk Farm Wed 2 Apr | 8pm | £10 (£8 conc) h our Ma

 The Times An explosive play about love and blame in the aftermath of the London riots, this acclaimed play is an uncompromising and heartbreaking examination of society.

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A ThickSkin production

After What ComesBefore Thu 3 Apr | 8pm | £10 (£8 conc) h our Ma

 Ed Fringe Review Three scientists create a machine that can extract thoughts. Darkly comic, energetic and highly physical theatre. A Manic Chord production


Desert Tue 8 - Thu 10 Apr | 8pm | Drama

 RemoteGoat  Exeunt Magazine US Army Intelligence analyst Bradley Manning allegedly leaked classified documents to WikiLeaks. He was sentenced to 35 years in jail for this crime. How did this 25 year old super-intelligent, awkwardly effeminate soldier become the centrepiece in a war between WikiLeaks and the American government? A multimedia exploration of this significant yet little known figure, blending real life transcripts with imagined events to probe into the heart of this extraordinary story. A MolinoGroup production Written by Edward Fortes Directed by Bethany Pitts

£12 full price | £10 conc


Hoof! Fri 4 - Sat 5 Apr | 8pm | £10 (£8 conc) h our Ma

 The Public Reviews A bare stage transforms into a visual, verbal and musical feast as five performers and a musician catapult the audience into a totally improvised world.

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A Spike Theatre production |

Gary Delaney Tue 15 Apr | 8pm | £12 h our Ma

 The Independent Gary has appeared on Mock The Week, and Dave’s One Night Stand, Expect: jokes. Don’t expect: narrative, themes, whimsy or a voyage of self-discovery.

An Extraordinary Light 16 - 17 Apr | 8pm | £10 (£8 conc)

h our Ma The life, struggles, and triumphs of scientist Rosalind Franklin who played a key part in the race to discover the structure of DNA at great personal cost. Written by award-winning playwright Rob Johnston

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Support Us

Many of our spaces are available to hire for meetings, rehearsal, conferences, seminars and performances. For more information please e-mail:

Volunteer Unity’s dedicated team of volunteers are essential for our continued success. If you’d like to get involved then please e-mail us:

Booking Reservations may be held for up to 3 days. Group booking may be held longer. We offer concessions for most shows for over 60s, under 16s, students, registered disabled and job seekers. • £1 to post out tickets • 50p per ticket to exchange tickets We do not refund tickets unless a show is cancelled. We may be able to resell tickets for sold out shows or exchange them to alternative performances if tickets are returned 48 hours prior to the show. Latecomers will not be allowed in until a suitable point in the performance.

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We rely on support from our audience to help us produce exciting new work, develop artists and give children their first experience of quality live theatre.

You can support us by seeing shows, donating when buying tickets, being a regular contributor with our angels scheme, joining as a corporate partner and telling as many people people as possible about us and the work we do!


h our Ma unitytheatre has a ramped entrance, lift to all levels and accessible toilets. Large print and audio brochures can be provided on request. We have a radio hearing system in both our theatre spaces.


h our Ma Arts Council England, Liverpool City Council, The Makin Charitable Trust, Heritage Lottery Fund, The Frood Family, Hope Street Hotel, The Granada Foundation, Business in the Arts: North West, John Bishop, all unityangels, and everyone who donated when booking tickets.

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boxoffice: 0844 873 2888 1 Hope Place, Liverpool, L1 9BG Monday: 1pm - 6pm Tuesday to Saturday: 12pm - 6pm

Our patrons: Bill Kenwright CBE, Josette Bushell Mingo OBE David Morrissey, Andrew Lancel, John Bishop.

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