Little Red sets off to Manchester and Kendal on new adventures!

Here’s some exciting news for a Monday – – our fantastic co production (with those talented folks at Action Transport) is returning to the stage in December.  Little Red is off on a whole set of new adventures, thanks to a new partnership with Z arts and The Brewey, Kendal.

And if that wasn’t enough – we’ve also announced that our seasonal show for December 2017 is (drum roll please)…..THE JUNGLE BOOK

But more of that anon, for now lets get back to Little Red.  You can read all the buzz she caused during her 2016 run  here …. and here’s the full Press Release


As part of World Day of Theatre for Children (#takeachildtothetheatre), Unity Theatre is delighted to announce the transfer of critically acclaimed Christmas show, Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf, produced by Unity Theatre and Action Transport Theatre this December to Z-arts in Manchester and The Brewery in Kendal.

The transfer will enable the family show to reach a larger audience across the North West, and will run parallel with Unity Theatre and Action Transport Theatre’s 2017 Christmas show, The Jungle Book at Unity Theatre from Fri 1 Dec 2017 – Sat 6 Jan 2018.

Jungle Book Wide

Artistic Director of Unity Theatre, Matthew Linley, said: “After the critical success of Little Red this year we’re really excited to be bringing the show back for new audiences to enjoy, in partnership with Z-arts, Manchester and The Brewery, Kendal.

At Unity we’re very much committed to championing high quality theatre for the under 12s, so we’re naturally delighted our show will now be able to be enjoyed by families right across the North West.” 

Co-director and Artistic Director of Action Transport Theatre, Nina Hajiyianni said:

“Little Red is a bold and highly theatrical re-telling of the well-known classic tale. The show tells a familiar story but with a twist. I’m really excited for the show to tour to two venues that are as committed to presenting work for young people as we are.

The show looks at the idea of the thrill of adventure and unknown versus the safety and familiarity of the ‘path’ and how irresistible straying can be, especially for children. Also in the story mix: is the tension between mankind and nature; are the wolves really the villains in a world where the woodcutter is destroying the forest?”



Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf runs from Tue 5 Dec to Sat 16 Dec at Z-arts, Manchester before transferring to Brewery Arts in Kendal from Mon 18 Dec to Sunday 31 Dec. More information and tickets can be purchased at and

 See more production images  here:

Listings information:

Unity Theatre and Action Transport in association with Z-Arts and The Brewery present Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf Original Director: Nina Hajiyianni Revival Director: Kevin Dyer Original Music and Lyrics: Patrick Dineen Original Designer: Sydney Paterson Revival Designer: TBC Lighting Design: Julie Kearney

Suitable for ages 5+

Duration: 70 minutes

Z-arts, Manchester 335 Stretford Road, Hulme, M15 5ZA Tue 5 Dec – Sat 16 Dec

Tue 5 Dec, 9:45am and 1pm (SCHOOLS) Wed 6 Dec, 9:45am and 1pm (SCHOOLS) Thu 7 Dec, 9:45am and 1pm (SCHOOLS) Fri 8 Dec, 9:45am and 1pm (SCHOOLS) and 7pm (PUBLIC) Sat 9 Dec, 11am and 2.30pm (PUBLIC) Sun 10 Dec, 11am and 2.30pm (PUBLIC)

Tue 12 Dec, 9:45am and 1pm (SCHOOLS) Wed 13 Dec, 9:45am and 1pm (SCHOOLS) Thu 14 Dec, 9:45am and 1pm (SCHOOLS) Friday 15 Dec, 9:45 and 1pm (SCHOOLS) and 7pm (PUBLIC) Sat 16 Dec, 11am and 2.30pm (PUBLIC)

School tickets £5, all public tickets £10

Brewery Arts, Kendal

122A Highgate, Kendal LA9 4HE

Mon 18 Dec – Sun 31 Dec

 Ticket Prices and schedule tbc 

Unity Theatre

Unity Theatre is Liverpool’s small-scale theatre with big ambitions. Their programme of presented and produced work is edgy, radical and unashamedly contemporary, while their talent development programmes have aided the establishment of many of the UK’s top touring companies including Told by an Idiot, AD Infinitum and Kaboodle. Recent successes have included co-productions with Sweden’s Riksteatern on Nina: A Story about me and Nina Simone, Up the Road Theatre (Bardolph’s Box), 20 Stories High and Theatre Rites (Broke n Beat Collective) Hightide and Soho Theatre (Lampedusa, London, Aldeburgh and Liverpool) and Eastern Angles (Chicken, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Roundabout), and productions of Chris Gribnall’s Gaffer, Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park and an international touring production of David Yip’s Gold Mountain.

On 7 January Unity Theatre temporarily closed its doors to the public to undergo a £845,000 redevelopment project, reopening in May 2017. The redevelopment of the Hope Place venue is driven by the needs of Unity’s artists and audiences and is the first major work to be carried out since the previous redevelopment in 1998. It will also ensure that Unity Theatre has a strong digital profile and is an environmentally sustainable venue.

Artistic Director: Matthew Linley

For more information, visit

Facebook: Twitter: @unitytheatre 

Action Transport Theatre

Action Transport Theatre is the only dedicated young people’s theatre in Cheshire, and have found national acclaim with their innovative theatre. From their base at Whitby Hall, Ellesmere Port, ATT work with children and young people as creative collaborators, to make professional and aspirational theatre, which we share locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. 

Artistic Director: Nina Hajiyianni

For more information, visit

Facebook: @ActionTransportTheatre

Twitter: @ATTtweet



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