To compare the same play by the same performer two years apart is to open yourself up to folly and yet as audience member rose in appreciation at the end of Lewis Bray’s magical return of his play Cartoonopolis, as they revelled as one in the life of boy to whom cartoons are a special friend, there can be no doubt that this is one of the most exceptional plays crowds are likely to see this year.
All good things must end, all exceptional pieces of writing and performing will live on beyond the final bow, the truth of the honest standing ovation and the lament that must come to us all; for in Robert Farquhar’s, Tim Lynskey’s and Matt Rutter’s outstanding The Art Of Falling Apart, the necessity of human experience, the sheer demand of Time and the complexity of the relationship between humanity and existence is there in all its brutally humorous and mischievous form.
One of the brightest and most original trios of Liverpool theatre return to the Unity stage between Thursday 25th and Saturday 27th June with the tremendous The Art of Falling Apart and for the final ever time Big Wow, Matt Rutter, Tim Lynskey and writer and agent mirth maker Robert Farquhar, will see the life of Callum descend into chaos against a backdrop of a city on the edge of dynamic confusion and sheer madness.
Monty Python may have sold its last dead parrot, served its last piece of Spam and finally insisted that he is not the Messiah, he is just a naughty boy but that’s not to say what has been bequeathed down the years has been forgotten, especially by the three men that make up Big Wow and arguably one of the finest pieces of comedy theatre that you ever likely to lay your eyes upon in The Artof Falling Apart.
There is nothing quite like finding yourself in the company of a writer whose use of the English language is enough to cause palpitations of the pen, whose pre-interview conversations are as interesting as they are educational. This writer has over the course of the years since he has resided in Liverpool has created some of the most insanely wonderful comedies that audiences have had the honour of seeing and with whom have fallen in love with the Big Wow company over and over again.
This summer, Young Everyman Playhouse present two weeks of events and performances for and by young people that includes a return to Croxteth Hall with a production of Alice in Wonderland. YEP performances will form a major part of the city-wide youth festival, Flux Liverpool, and the company will also be working in partnership with a number of other local companies including Young DaDaFest, Merseyside Youth Theatre Forum, Showrunners, Kuumba Imani, 20 Stories High, Hope St Ltd and the Bluecoat.
A hapless idiot with a wildly out of date Lonely Planet goes travelling and looking for an ‘experience’.
From Wednesday 12th till Saturday 15th February Big Wow will return to the Unity Theatre with their first ever show, Extra, ExtraHappy, to raise funds to support their 2014 Edinburgh Fringe show – The Art Of Falling Apart which premiered at the Unity Theatre in 2012!
It seems that time in some respects has gone by so slowly. The age between the final performance of Macbeth and the heralding of a new era of the Everyman Theatre has been two long years. However, as the highly respected theatre duo of Gemma Bodinetz and Deborah Aydon beamed around the room, the light, metaphorically and in reality is almost ready to be switched on and the welcome back to The Everyman Theatre will be long and cheerful.
Young Everyman Playhouse continues to nurture Liverpool’s creative talent and now a new strand, YEP Producers, will broaden that reach with a new platform called Scene Change. The brand new bi-monthly event will showcase the very best of the city’s freshest talent; from writers to artists, magicians to musicians, comedians to costume designers.
Scene Change is for young people aged 18-26 and is open to all creative disciplines, aiming to highlight Liverpool’s newest arts contributors. Following the launch on Tuesday 22nd October, Scene Change will run every two months in the Playhouse Studio where talented youngsters will share their work with each other and the pubic in the Williamson Square venue’s intimate space upstairs.
One of the huge delights of the Liverpool theatre calendar is the appearance of the Big Wow team at the Unity Theatre. Their physical comedy performances delight and astound audiences no matter what show they have put on and are firm favourites in Liverpool.
Big Wow consist of three incredible talents that are made up of performers Tim Lynskey and Matt Rutter and the writer Robert Farquhar. Sitting in the Unity theatre before one of their shows and talking to a team that not only thrill audiences but can make them question the world through the use of physical comedy is slightly nerve racking and completely inspiring.