From Somalia to Liverpool a brilliant week of new work at Unity

Its a bit of a bumper week for new theatre at Unity this week.

First up two shows as part of the enterprising Liverpool Arab Arts Festival.

Based on real events and featuring the epic lyrical tradition of Somalia, The Crows Plucked Your Sinews is a unique exploration of the violence of empire and the poetry of resistance. It almost came to us at the festival last year but dates were against us, so it’s great to have it with us on Tuesday.

And Here I Am comes to us on Wednesday. Based on performer Ahmed Tobasi’s personal coming of age story,  AND HERE I AM is an epic voyage of identity and self discovery, the remarkable true story of a Jihadist turned actor. The show comes to us direct from a critically acclaimed run at London’s Arcola theatre (read the Guardian review here)

Then on Thursday (running until Saturday) Lizzie Nunnery’s new work for Unity (co-commissioned with Phrased & Confused) Horny Handed Tons of Soil opens.


The work has been inspired by Adrian Henri , one third of the Mersey poets and in many ways an undefineable artist. Lizzie’s brand new work explores through spoken word, live music and film, what’s been lost and found in the re-sculpting of the Liverpool landscape over the past 50 years. Fifteen minutes from the piece premiered at the Liverpool Philharmonic Music Rooms in 2016 as part of the Liverpool Acoustic Festival .theres a reminder of that evening on line here..) and you can listen to an extract from the show here:-

The production is also the final piece of a unique collaboration on Hope Street, with Unity Theatre, Liverpool Everyman and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall all presenting work by (or inspired by) the Liverpool Poets during the 50 Summers of Love festival. Brain Patten’s The Story Giant was part of the repertoire Liverpool Everyman’s rep company and Roger McGough with Ensemble 10/10 brilliantly revisited Summer with Monika (there’s one more chance to catch Monika on 16 July, a perfect double bill with Horny Handed Toons of Soil!)

Lizzie Nunnery said;

“For a long time I’ve been performing live as a musician and incorporating spoken word in to my set, but the length of this piece means I’ve been able to go much further in crafting a narrative, drawing together images and themes, sparking off the Mersey poets’ renderings of Liverpool. It’s been wonderful working with composers Vidar Norheim, Martin Heslop & Martin Smith alongside videographer Tim Brunsden and designer Laura Lomax to push the piece beyond a poem set to music, turning it in to a proper show that hopefully uses visuals and audio in a surprising way. It seems fitting that the work of Adrian Henri is the main reference for the piece: I like to think he’d approve of the experiment!”


Listing Information

 Liverpool Arab Arts Festival with Unity Theatre present

A Dervish Production of The Crows That Plucked Your Sinews
Written & Directed by Hassan Mahamdallie
Performed by Aisha Mohammed

Dates and Times: Tues 11 July, 8pm. Tickets £12 (concessions £10)

Liverpool Arab Arts Festival with Unity Theatre present
Shubbak’s Festival Production of And Here I Am
Ahmed Tobasi’s – PERFORMER –
Hassan Abdulrazzak – WRITER –
Zoe Lafferty – DIRECTOR

Dates and Times: Wed 12 July, 8pm. Tickets £12 (concession £10)

Unity Theatre & Phrased and Confused present
Horny Handed Tons of Soil
Words: Lizzie Nunnery
Music: Martin Heslop, Martin Smith & Vidar Norheim
Film: Tim Brunsden
Design: Laura Lomax

Dates and Times: Thur 13 – Sat 15 July, 8pm

Ticket Price: £14/£12 Concessions

Half Price Tickets for L8 Residents

Duration: 60mins, no interval

Ticket Sales: 0151 709 4988 or

Venue: Unity Theatre, 1 Hope Place, Liverpool, L1 9BG


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