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Back by demand at Unity

Published: 2 December 2018
Reporter: David Upton

Unity Theatre in Liverpool sees a number of theatre-makers return to the venue by popular demand in its forthcoming new season.

Family challenges are tackled head on in cabaret style with Edinburgh Fringe hit No Kids on 24 to 25 January. Unconventional families take centre-stage in David Judge’s SparkPlug from 26 February to 2 March as a white man becomes the adoptive father, mother and best friend of a mixed-race child. Finally, generations are at odds in Under the Umbrella (21 to 23 March) when a grandmother takes her granddaughter’s love life into her own hands at the ‘marriage market’ of Guangzhou.

20 Stories High and Theatre Rites join forces for Big Up! (8 to 16 February), a new show for 3- to 6-year-olds and their families. The team also brings Mash Up (14 February), a fusion of music and spoken word for ages 13 and up.

Full mask theatre company Vamos returns with A Brave Face on 21 and 22 February, last seen in spring 2018. Also making a comeback is Chris Thorpe. His show Status (30 March) questions some of the most pressing issues of our time: nationality, identity and belonging.

Red Ladder brings Glory (14 to 16 March), produced with The Dukes in association with Tamasha, a new play from award-winning writer Nick Ahad about three wrestlers.

Finishing the season is Will Hammond’s POP on 11 and 12 April, where a teenage friendship is put to the test in a portrait of urban 1990s Britain.