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Liverpool Everyman and LIPA team up for Everyman Unbound season

by Natalie Evans. Published Wed 08 Sep 2010 14:29

A collaborative approach is at the heart of the plans for the Liverpool Everyman’s Unbound season this autumn as the theatre teams up with the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) to help create two ground breaking productions, ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore and Anthology.

Both staff and students from LIPA’s Theatre and Performance Design course are working on the productions to help bring them to the stage.

The set for ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore has been designed by LIPA course leader Ashley Shairp, whose previous work at the Everyman includes three pantomimes, Dr Faustus, Two, Frankie and Tommy and Scouse.

Ashley also designed the set for Angels in America at the Unity Theatre and has worked with Bolton Octagon and Cheltenham Everyman in addition to his role at LIPA.

Assistant designer of ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore, Nina Patel-Grainger is a recent LIPA graduate working on her first major production since leaving the Hope Street-based institution and will also work as a designer with innovative theatre company Slung Low on Anthology.

Anthology features seven new stories by some of the Everyman’s most innovative playwrights and will go beyond the walls of the Everyman and along Hope Street using the iconic images, institutions and buildings that line the famous street as the backdrop for the drama.

Also working as a designer on Anthology is Anne Skovdal, a third year student studying Theatre and Performance Design, while Natalie Bengoechea and Alex Johnston are final year students studying Theatre and Performance Technology who will be working as stage managers on the production.

Esther Dix, Tana Sirois, Gabrielle Broomes, Chris Aukett, Adam Weber and Nicholas Coutu-Langmead are all studying Acting at LIPA and will take part in the Anthology stories, while Joshua Sessions, a third year studying Theatre and Performance Design will be creating an art installation in the Everyman foyer on the themes of ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore.

Gemma Bodinetz, artistic director of the Everyman and Playhouse said: "Over recent years working with LIPA has become an integral part of our position within the theatrical ecology of Liverpool.

The scale and ambition of our Everyman Unbound season has provided the perfect opportunity to work collaboratively with this forward thinking institution and we are thrilled and privileged to be working alongside such an intoxicating cocktail of youth and talent."

LIPA’s chief executive and founding principal, Mark Featherstone-Witty, added: “We emphasise collaboration.

"We’re lucky to have the Everyman, which can provide the perfect complementary training ground for our learners to collaborate professionally, whether they are performers or those who make performance possible.”

Catch the Everyman Unbound season from Thursday 16th September to Saturday 30th October, every evening at 7.30pm at the Liverpool Everyman theatre, Hope Street. Tickets are available from the Box Office on 0151 709 4776.


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