A brilliant November as Homotopia and DaDa take over Unity..

The last flight case from Nina – a story about me and Nina Simone may have been packed and left the building but the Unity stages are even busier than ever over the next 4 weeks as we welcome two of Liverpool’s most celebrated festivals, who between them have a reach which is not just regional, or indeed national – it’s global.

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Both Homotopia and DaDa have curated programmes of fascinating, extraordinary work which will absolutely challenge and inspire…and not just in Unity. Both festivals are, as always, reaching out across the city. There’s so much brilliant stuff going on it seems futile to select a few highlights but here goes!

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I was in the Torvill and Dean era but I am looking forward to the Homotopia / Birmingham Rep collaboration Looking for John (10-12 Nov) inspired by ice skater John Curry.

Having seen an early scratch of The Rise and Fall of Hamburger Queen (3-5 Nov) last year at Unity I’m excited to see Ashleigh Owen’s return with the full show!  Talking of scratches come and see the next potential Hamburger Queen at Scratch and See (8 Nov)!

Project O are one of the most exciting contemporary dance companies around. I’m not sure I can put into words what SWAGGA (21 November) is – its like no other dance show I have ever seen – though the company themselves describe the show as a dance crafted out of strong wills and trembling flesh.  You have to see it!

Silent Witness star Liz Carr’s Assisted Suicide the Musical was the talk of the Unlimited Festival down at the Southbank and its coming to Unity for two days only – 17th and 18th November. Unmissable!

Can I Start Again Please was one of my absolute highlights from 2015 Edinburgh festival. An utterly beautiful and challenging show . Guardian reviewer Lyn Gardner gave it **** calling it ‘devastatingly good’ .

And talking Edinburgh we’re delighted to be welcoming back DaDa and Unity supported comedian Laurence Clark who stormed the fringe this year collecting **** reviews for Independence wherever he went…..I’ll personally arrange comps for any Virgin Trains staff that want to catch the show!

Don’t just believe me – for another view – do check out the Liverpool Echo’s Homotopia 2015 – 9 must see shows

See you at the festivals!

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