Unity Theatre, Liverpool


Unity Theatre, Action Transport Theatre and DaDaFest are working together to create a high quality seasonal show based on the story of Beauty and the Beast for family audiences in December 2018.

The show follows last year’s ‘The Jungle Book’ and critically acclaimed, BSL integrated ‘Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf’ which had a run at Z-arts, Manchester and the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal before touring nationally.

As part of our commitment to working with artists who are under-represented in mainstream theatre, we are holding 2 creative sessions for D/deaf and Disabled performers with the aim of sharing practice and supporting skills development in relation to making work for children and family audiences.

We would like to invite D/deaf and Disabled performers with some experience of making and performing in professional theatre contexts to a workshop session on either;

21st May 2-5pm or  8th June  10-1pm

The sessions will be led by Action Transport Theatre, supported by DaDaFest and will explore the story of Beauty and the Beast looking at how notions of ‘disability’ connects with perceptions of beauty and ugliness. We will also explore ways in which the annual co production can broaden its accessibility for all audiences.

The qualities of the winter show which have established Unity/ATT’s unique offer include a highly visual language, minimal text, the prominence of music and song, the work being child centred but for audiences of all ages, a political challenge and ensemble storytelling.

The workshop sessions will be designed to share practice around making the annual family show and to invite interest in future casting opportunities which will take place in August.

Workshops will aim to be accessible and inclusive, taking into account each individual’s access and support needs. BSL interpretation will be provided for in both workshops.

Places are limited, to book a place, find out more information or discuss access needs please email or call Jess Egan-Simon Project Manager at jess@actiontransporttheatre.org or call ATT on 01513572120.

Deadline to book your place is 10th May 2018.

More info about the producing companies can be found at:

ATT – www.actiontransporttheatre.org

DaDaFest – dadafest.co.uk

Unity Theatre – www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk


Call Out for Disability & Deaf Artists – DaDaFest

We would like to increase our contact base of disability and Deaf artists and also artists who wish to work within the disability and Deaf arts sector. We strongly believe in the ‘lived experience‘ of disability as a strong foundation upon which to create work, and we also adhere to the fact that disability is a human issue that will one day affect us all – so we welcome anyone interested in exploring this.

We welcome all artists from across all art forms. If you’d like to submit your details, please contact Ruth Gould via ruthg@dadafest.co.uk, or Rebecca Andrews [PA] via rebeccaa@dadafest.co.uk/ 0151 707 1733 with details of your arts background, interests and experiences; a CV will suffice. We will keep your details on record confidentially. If you have any questions about this, please get in touch.

DADA Fest 2016


dada-16DaDaFest is delighted to announce the full programme of events for its thirteenth festival, ‘Skin:Deep’, taking place from 17 November to 3 December 2016. This year’s festival will present an array of outrageous, diverse and radical disability and Deaf arts that will challenge public perceptions of disability, ignite debate and celebrate disability culture.

Highlights include: a performance from the Grammy-nominated “Afro-funk” duo from Mali, Amadou and Mariam; The Viewing – a groundbreaking 24-hour durational performance piece viewable throughout the night; the hit new show from Liz Carr Assisted Suicide: The Musical and Burlesque from Biscuitland – a surreal cabaret show hosted by Jess Thom (aka TourettesHero) where anything can and will happen!

DaDaFest will also host its second international Congress, reinvigorating the discussions and debates on Disability Culture and Human Rights which began at the inaugural event in 2014. The full programme includes a spectacular selection of theatre, performance art, dance, comedy, music, workshops, trails and more providing outstanding entertainment for everyone to enjoy.

The festival theme ‘Skin:Deep’ was developed to explore how disability is viewed in today’s society. It is an issue that affects everyone but many people are still stigmatised and marginalised as a result of being disabled or d/Deaf. Skin:Deep aims to instigate change within our culture and explore and debate the notions that can hold society back.

DaDaFest International is one of the most impactful festivals of its kind in the world and this year’s programme continues the organisation’s ethos of promoting both artists and organisations close to its home in Liverpool as well as developing new international connections.

The full list of events is available to view online here: www.dadafest.co.uk/the-festival alongside the festival brochure which can be downloaded here.