2016
12th November 2016
What if your life went in a different direction?
This was a journey through the past, present and future of Liverpool; a chance to see the city in a new light with some stories that made onequestion the journey of one's everyday life.
 
All proceeds from Changing Landscapes go to The Whitechapel Centre, Liverpool's leading homeless and housing charity, which works with people who sleep rough, live in hostels or struggle to manage their accommodation.
 
This was the fifth and final show of Hope Street’s Emerging Artists Programme 2016. The show was created, produced, directed and performed entirely by the Emerging Artists.
PHOTO GALLERY by Samantha Airey



And so we joined our anti-hero Ajatashatru Oghash on his epic voyage of self-discovery from his village in Rajasthan, travelling across the world in many surprising and unexpected ways.
   
At once hilarious and tragic, this tall tale pokes fun at the absurdity of current migration laws, whilst highlighting the very real and worsening plight of refugees and asylum seekers across the world. Adapted for the stage from the original international best-selling book by Romain Puertolas, using different theatrical styles such as physical theatre, puppetry and story-telling, this extraordinary journey includes real testimonies from members of United for Change (a refugee-led group in Manchester campaigning for dignity for people seeking asylum in the UK).
PHOTO GALLERY by IXIOD (James Kirkham)



The Last Utopian
2nd - 3rd September 2016
Set in a time when Liverpool had become an increasingly militarised, paranoid and isolated society, an underground resistance movement was already taking place and anybody who wanted to survive and give the future of humanity a chance for freedom had no choice but to join it. Who would become The Last Utopian? All would become clear, in time.
 
In this show, the third of Hope Street’s Emerging Artists Programme 2016, the Artists worked alongside Young Everyman & Playhouse (YEP), 20 Stories High and Pagoda Arts. 
PHOTO GALLERY by Lewis Burton Photography
PHOTO GALLERY
by IXIOD (James Kirkham)





The Many Faces of Francis Bacon
22nd - 23rd July 2016

Hope Street’s Emerging Artists collaborated once again with Tate Liverpool to produce a promenade performance which took audiences on a secret tour behind closed doors, experiencing the life and work of Francis Bacon as never before. Meeting grotesque masked characters along the way, the audiences were immersed in his raw, seedy and visceral world.
Directed by Dende Collective’s artistic director, André Pink, in collaboration with designer Kate Unwin (Unsung), musical director Andy Frizell and Claire Morris from Fallen Angels Dance Theatre, the performance was inspired by Bacon's gilded gutter life, his ideas about life and art, and his paintings.
The Emerging Artists worked alongside: RAWD, a group of adults with learning difficulties, based on the Wirral, who perform regularly in Liverpool; RISEN, a dance-theatre group of adults in recovery from addictions; LARA - Liverpool Asylum seekers and Refugees Association; and Tate Liverpool’s Community Collective.
Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms was on display afterwards, until 18th September 2016.
PHOTO GALLERY by Roger Sinek


TENT!
23rd June 2016
This was a multimedia interactive artwork in a city centre office block, responding to current crises around immigration and homelessness. Part installation, part performance, and part discussion, the audience dropped in, over four hours on the evening of 23rd June, creating some individual and intimate experiences.
After a successful performance as part of Liverpool's LightNight, TENT! was redeveloped in collaboration with Hope Street’s 2016 Emerging Artists.
Roisin Fletcher - director, Laura Lomax - designer, and Luke Thomas - composer, met during the Emerging Artists Programme in 2014 and led the new cohort of emerging artists.


LARA (Liverpool Asylum Seekers and Refugees Association) joined us with ‘conversations around the camp fire’, and the event was part of FESTIVAL 31, celebrating arts and culture from refugee communities and creating discourse around the refugee experience.