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Physical Fest returns for 2021 with an eclectic line up


Acrobatic dance shows outside the Met Cathedral, award-winning clowns in Toxteth, and the first event to be held at a beautifully regenerated Sefton venue, are all a part of the UK’s only international physical theatre festival, kicking off next week.

Physical Fest returns to the Liverpool City Region this summer for an 8-day extravaganza of live & online performance, conversation & workshops, brought to you by the city’s own Tmesis Theatre.

Highlights include award winning clown, Lucy Hopkins with her hilarious, Ceremony of Golden Truth, along with incredible circus/dance artists Joli Vyann who will perform a beautiful – and free – acrobatic piece outside Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral.

Lucy Hopkins

The recently restored Albert Walker Hall – a beautiful hidden gem at the Linacre Methodist Mission in Sefton – is also set to take centre stage as the venue for an exciting new site-specific, immersive piece, created by Tmesis Theatre.

Built in 1909, the stunning Art Nouveau hall has been recently restored thanks to Heritage Lottery funding. Memoria – a poetic, visceral exploration of memory and nostalgia – will be the first event to take place in the new space since the restoration.

Other venues and locations for the 8-day long festival include the Unity Theatre and Toxteth TV.

The female-led, award-winning Liverpool company, Tmesis Theatre have continued their support of northern female artists by offering bursaries & mentoring to create new work for the festival.

Andrew Ness

This year’s bursary award winners – whose shows will take place at Toxteth TV – are dance theatre artist, Kate Jackson and a British-Nigerian multidisciplinary artist, Gold Maria Akanbi.

Artistic Director, Elinor Randle said:

“I am really pleased, after such a difficult year for artists to be able to bring Physical Fest back, offer opportunities to artists and bring a fantastic mix of exciting performance in different spaces to the city region as well as online.”

Alongside the live programme, the festival will host a range of online events and workshops, including an insight into the creative process of Belgium’s premier dance theatre company Peeping Tom, along with Tree’s – an audio journey from International Art Clown, Jamie Wood who walked for 10 days between Coventry and Treherbert in South Wales, retracing the movement of his ancestors.

Gold Maria Akanbi

The festival, which runs from 25th June until the 2nd July, is supported by Arts Council England, Liverpool City Council and the Granada Foundation.

Physical Fest 2021 is dedicated to the memory of much-loved local photographer, Mark Loudon.

Tickets and information for all the performances at this year’s Physical Fest can be found here.

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