Physical Fest 2021
25/6 – 2/7 – Various Venues
An eight-day extravaganza of live and online theatre performances will be taking over the Liverpool City Region this summer. From acrobatic dance performances outside the Metropolitan Cathedral to award-winning clowns in Toxteth, the festival is set to bring live performances back to the city in an unforgettable way.
Kicking off next week, Physical Fest’s programme is jam-packed with conversations, workshops and performances all brought together by Tmesis Theatre. It will be a celebration of local, national and international contemporary physical theatre and is the only festival of its kind in the UK.
With a difficult year for the arts, these celebrations are set to kickstart the revival of theatre within the city. Highlights include circus and dance artists Joli Vyann who will be performing a free acrobatic piece outside Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral (2nd July) and Lucy Hopkins with her hilarious clown act, Ceremony of Golden Truth taking place at Toxteth TV (27th June).
The recently restored Albert Walker Hall in Sefton will be taking centre stage during the festival for its first event since the regeneration. They will be hosting an immersive piece titled Memoria (25 June – 2 July) by Tmesis Theatre which aims to support emerging female artists. It is a site-specific piece which will last the duration of the festival and is a poetic, visceral exploration of memory and nostalgia.
Tmesis Theatre are continuing their support of northern female artists through bursaries and mentoring. The female-led Liverpool company have awarded British-Nigerian multidisciplinary artist, Gold Maria Akanbi and dance theatre artist, Kate Jackson and a place at Toxeth TV to display their works (26 – 27 June).
Other live performances throughout the week will include a night of new extracts from four performers at Unity Theatre (25th-26th June). There will also be a range of online events available for the duration of the festival, including performer Tom Bailey’s Vigil where he attempts to explore 26,000 other species via his body in an award-winning, exploration of life in an age of extinction. As well as an audio journey by Jamie Wood titled Trees where he recounts his 10-day pilgrimage between Coventry and Treherbert tracing his ancestry.
This year’s event is dedicated to friend and photographer of the festival Mark Loudon.