On the Verge 2017
Award-winning Liverpool arts organisation Hope Street Ltd presents the 3rd On the Verge, a unique festival of daring performances, by the next generation of artists. This is theatre that challenges and re-imagines the theatrical experience. Hope Street has been working and mentoring all the emerging companies and artists, after a careful selection process.
In public spaces across the city…
‘Are You Still With Us?’ by Gentastics
Two dancers playing with rebellion. Come join us. Yeah! 
Thursday at Williamson Sq- 1pm; 2pm; 3pm; 4pm 
Friday at Central Library - 2pm; 3pm; 4pm;  
Saturday at Museum of Liverpool - 2pm; 3pm; 4pm  

Through a window…
‘I See You’ by Sabrina Richmond
Spy this snapshot of a woman battling the dehumanising immigration machine
Thursday – 12 to 1pm ; 2-3pm; 4-5pm
Friday - 2-3pm; 4-5pm
Saturday -2-3pm; 4-5pm
Venue – a centrally located window… in Lord Street

In a historic  Liverpool building…
‘Liverpool Unearthed’ by Bespectacled Theatre
A horror-theatre experience set in an old Victorian police station. 
We all know that ghost stories aren’t real, right?... Well, what if they were? What if you could live through one?
Thursday - 8pm 
Friday -  6:30pm; 8pm 
Saturday - 6:30pm; 8pm; scary Midnight performance 
Venue: Bridewell Studios, 101 Prescot St, L7 8UL
At a karaoke bar…
‘Karaoke Tales’ by Steffi Sweeney
Enter our homemade karaoke bar for a night of stories and questionable vocals.
Join us on a hilarious journey through every summer holiday this Huyton girl ventured.
Thursday - 6.30pm - 7.30pm 
Friday - 6.30pm - 7.30pm  
Saturday - 6.30pm - 7.30pm 
Venue: Mayflower, 48 Duke St, Merseyside, Liverpool L1 5AS
£5  Buy tickets 
On a bus and in a secret location...
‘A-Void’ by Mooncup Theatre 
In a world after Brexit, let the women of A-Void *Cult™ show you the guiding light!... post-truth has never looked so good.
Inspired by the propaganda driven into the collective consciousness of UK during Brexit, Mooncup Theatre will be testing human susceptibility to subtle manipulation.
Thursday – 3pm; 5pm; 7pm
Saturday – 3pm; 5pm; 7pm 
Pick up location - In front of Walker Gallery, William Brown St, L3 8EL
£5  Buy tickets

In a changing room…
‘96/27’ by Rachael Mutch
An honest performance based on one woman’s account of surviving the Hillsborough disaster.
Performed to a very small number of people at a time, this is a visceral and visual piece of theatre that uses real life documented words from a survivor of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.
Friday - 4:30pm; 6pm; 7:30pm 
Saturday - 2:30pm; 3:30pm; 4:30pm 
Venue: University of Liverpool Sports Centre, Bedford Street North, L69 7ZN
£5  Buy tickets

In a bar and under a skirt…
Double Bill – Two shows for the price of one! 
Each performance last between 20 and 30 min and it’s for 6 audience members at a time.
  • ‘Pour and Serve’ by Caitlin Gleeson. A drink with a bartender who flips the script on gender, power and ‘harmless’ banter
  • ‘Under My Skirt’ by Jennifer McMillan. Lift up my skirt and be served a peculiar afternoon tea
  • Each performance lasts between 20 and 30 minutes and is for 6 audience members at a time.
Thursday - 2pm; 4pm; 5:30pm 
Friday - 2pm; 4pm; 5:30pm 
Saturday - 2pm; 4pm; 5:30pm 
Venue: Masonic Hall, 22 Hope St, L1 9BY
£5  Buy tickets
And, on a ‘football pitch’…
THE MATCH (La Partida) by Cia. Vero Cendoya Dance Company
A performance of dance and football, coming to the UK for the first time.
In this remarkable contemporary dance piece, 5 professional dancers will perform with 5 footballers and a referee in a peculiar game. 
Sunday - at 7:30pm
Venue: Firefit Hub, 115 Upper Warwick St, Toxteth, Liverpool L8 8HD
£12  Buy tickets

FREE and open to everyone, On the Verge Panel Events will provide a rare opportunity to listen and talk to people who are experts in their fields, currently working in the industry and who have plenty to say! 
Work on a Shoestring – Friday 20th, 11am – 12.30pm at Unity Theatre, 1 Hope Place, Liverpool L1 9BG
How do we make work with limited resources? Why do we work for nothing sometimes, and is it worth it?
Speakers include: Vero Cendoya (director and choreographer) and Cathy Butterworth (The Arts Centre Edge Hill University)
Arts with Substance – Saturday 21st, 11am – 12.30pm at the Bluecoat, School Ln, Liverpool L1 3BX 
How do we make socially and politically engaging work? Why do artists create work that’s ‘issue’ based and who’s coming to see it?
Speakers include: Gemma Bodinetz (Everyman & Playhouse artistic director), Cheryl Martin (playwright, director and Eclipse Enabler) and Adam McGuigan (Spare Parts Festival director and freelance director).


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