On the Verge 2017


by Andrew Ness

On the Verge presents performances by artists who are creating work outside the boundaries of conventional spaces. In 2017 Hope Street worked with 8 companies, helping them along their individual journeys to realise their ambition. For the first time, we also included in the programme of On the Verge an established international company, Cia. Vero Cendoya. 

See below a summary of performances and where they happened:

In public spaces across the city…

‘Are You Still With Us?’ by Gentastics
Two dancers playing with rebellion. Come join us. Yeah! 

Through a window…

‘I See You’ by Sabrina Richmond
Spy this snapshot of a woman battling the dehumanising immigration machine
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?
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.
Venue: Mayflower, 48 Duke St, Merseyside, Liverpool L1 5AS
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.
Pick up location - In front of Walker Gallery, William Brown St, L3 8EL

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.
Venue: University of Liverpool Sports Centre, Bedford Street North, L69 7ZN

In a bar and under a skirt…
Double Bill – Two shows for the price of one! 
Each performance lasting between 20 and 30 min, 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.
Venue: Masonic Hall, 22 Hope St, L1 9BY

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.
A remarkable contemporary dance piece, 5 professional dancers performing with 5 footballers and a referee in a peculiar game. 
Venue: Firefit Hub, 115 Upper Warwick St, Toxteth, Liverpool L8 8HD

On the Verge Panel Events: 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 – 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 – 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 included: Gemma Bodinetz (Everyman & Playhouse artistic director), Cheryl Martin (playwright, director and Eclipse Enabler) and Adam McGuigan (Spare Parts Festival director and freelance director).

Click to read On the Verge 2017 Evaluation Report


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